For 137 years, Does the boat sail?’ was the most frequently asked ques­tion by people who depended on the ferries of the Provin­cial Steam­boat Services (PSD) to reach their desti­na­tion. The ferry services of the Province of Zeeland connected different regions that were sepa­rated by the sea. In fierce storms or dense fog, it remained to be seen whether the ferries would put to sea. 15 March 2003, when the tunnel was opened that made the last areas acces­sible by car, was the day when the PSD became history. In the build-up to the shut­down, director Joost Seelen captured a few cross­ings on film. Soberly, he shows the equally sober Zeeland natives. Passen­gers and offi­cials of various PSD services seem to undergo the immi­nent parting as an inevitable fate. No mournful words or down­cast eyes. The only evidence of emotion is produced by sounds: cars honking farewell, ferry­boats that sound their foghorns and a playing band. And by the real­i­sa­tion that in the tunnel you will never see the splendid vistas you saw from the boat.

Credits

Director
Set geluid
Production company
Zuidenwind Filmprodukties

Title: De boot gaat
Year: 2003
Duration : 27 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

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