Dichter bij de zee

  • 27'
  • Netherlands
  • 1992

A modest and loving portrait of a small enclave of old-fashioned beach huts by the North Sea. The sound track is fragments of conversations with the inhabitants, who themselves are not seen on screen; the protagonists on screen are the huts, the beach and the sea. And, only a stone’s throw away, the heavy industry of the Hoogovens furnaces.

Dichter bij de zee/Nearer the Sea was made at the end of the summer season, when the huts are taken down for the winter; but the way in which this has been filmed with melancholy lighting and pictorial framing points to less temporary decay. The huts form the set for a season which is long gone. Or, in the words of the makers: “Changes in the landscape, the transitory nature and reminiscences of the summer form the basis for this short film.”

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Directors
BarBara Hanlo, Brigit Hillenius
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
1992
Festival Edition
IFFR 1993
Length
27'
Medium
16mm
International title
Nearer the Sea
Language
Dutch
Producer
Brigit Hillenius
Sales
BarBara Hanlo
Screenplay
BarBara Hanlo
Cinematography
Brigit Hillenius
Editor
Jan Wouter van Reijen
Sound Design
BarBara Hanlo
Music
Lex van Nes, Chris Cley