In August of 2005, hurri­cane Katrina swept New Orleans. Illus­trated by seven short sketches that William Faulkner wrote in 1925 the camera glides across the city that is still partly submerged and scantily-lit.
In August of 2005, hurri­cane Katrina swept New Orleans. Illus­trated by seven short sketches that William Faulkner wrote in 1925 during his stay in New Orleans and that are read very slowly, docu­men­tary film­maker Marjoleine Boon­stra wanders across the city that is still partly submerged. In this surre­alist décor of aban­doned destruc­tion, Boon­stra meets different inhab­i­tants, including a cour­tesan, a police officer, a tourist and a drug dealer, and asks them about their survival instinct and their greatest love in life. Her direct ques­tions to these heed­less passers-by get unadul­ter­ated answers. In slow sustained shots, with the camera gliding at eye height through submerged, scantily-lit streets, also at night, Boon­stra describes the atmos­phere in this odd place, the exte­rior of which has been maimed, but not its soul, owing to its inhab­i­tants: Why on earth do we think God looks like us?’

Title: De stad en het verlangen - Zeven New Orleans sketches
Year: 2007
Duration : 1 hour, 8 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2007

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