David VerbeekStill: How to Describe a Cloud
Beat (2004), Yu-Lan (2004, short), alt.suicideholiday.net (2005, short), Melody Z (2007, short), Shanghai Trance (2008), R U There (2010), Club Zeus (2011), Immortelle (2013, short), How to Describe a Cloud (2013), Full Contact (2015), An Impossibly Small Object (2018), Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains (2018, short doc), Dead & Beautiful (2021)
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David Verbeek at IFFR
Making a minimal low budget DV feature in Rotterdam. About a modern yuppy's burn-out, urban alienation and other issues we mainly know from Asian cinema.
Melancholy portrait of two moths in hypermodern Shanghai.
Young Dutch director made an (almost) entirely Chinese film. In a city where everything is new, an outsider is in any case no more out of place than the locals. Cinematographic portrait of modern life in the mega-city of Shanghai is made up of three separate stories about dreams and loves of twentysomethings.
David Verbeek Screening
Made as a guerilla project while waiting for finance for R U There. Verbeek, a Tiger candidate in 2008 with Shanghai Trance, proves that his creative production is on the rise and that China seems an endless source of inspiration in this drama about a gigolo club for nouveau riche women in Shanghai.
How to Describe a Cloud
A young woman in Taipei is confronted with the blindness of her mother who is convinced she has a sixth sense. Shot with little facilities, but it is Verbeek’s most mature film - about uprooting, spirituality and modernity. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.
Experimental dance film in which two ex-lovers deal with their relationship's collapse. While the body dances, the heavy heart follows.
An introverted soldier enters his own tormented subconscious, respectively portrayed as an island and a boxing school, desperately looking for full contact through sex and violence.
An Impossibly Small Object
In the maze of streets, parking lots and alleyways in Taipei, an eight-year-old girl enjoys herself late one evening with her kite. A photographer takes a picture of her. When he gets back home, it makes him think. Moving, beautifully filmed meditation about alienation, loneliness and the bond between photographer and subject.
Dead & Beautiful
After a weird night, five super-rich friends find out they are vampires. Panic! Is this really what they have become?