Beat

David Verbeek Feature film - 2004 - 78 min.

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In making their feature film début, third-year Film Academy students Verbeek and De Blok were inspired by recent Asian films in which the atmosphere plays a key role. As is the case in Beat, whose protagonist is faced with burn-out. Beat is set in Rotterdam. Using prolonged scenes and shots and little dialogue, the film follows the anonymous city life of leading character Peter (Ian Bok). This ambitious 26-year-old IT employee works on a large project in a sterile office building, but has trouble concentrating. He gazes a little at his goldfish, strolls across town and does not take much pleasure from his relationship with his girlfriend (Janica Draisma). The company doctor sends him home for a month to recharge his batteries, but things only seem to worsen after that. The low-budget film, featuring Jacky director Fow Pyng Hu and D'66 politician Boris van der Ham in small supporting roles, was entirely shot on video.

Credits

Director(s) David Verbeek
Script David Verbeek
Rogier de Blok
Producer(s) Pieter van Huijstee
Production Company
Co-producer(s)
Celine Schultz
Director of Photography
Production Design
Loes Glas
Editing
Mixage
Hein Verhoeven
Jeroen Damen
Sound on Set
Cast
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands