Docu­men­tary about the remark­able collec­tion of people living or working at night in the partially deserted dock area of Amsterdam. From an enthu­si­astic crane driver to a home­less doctor.
Nocturnal life in the partly deserted dock area of Amsterdam. Director Marjoleine Boon­stra encoun­ters lone wolves, leading secluded lives in makeshift shel­ters, and people that work as pilots, night watchmen or skip­pers. According to a young pilot it was actu­ally like a dream’, working by the IJ river at night. And this is what it looks like: a dream world. Between inter­views, Boon­stra makes her camera glide through the area, along the quay, across the water, along cranes, containers and sea-going vessels. A world of lamps, reflec­tions and shadows. In this land­scape of stone and metal, an extra­or­di­nary group of indi­vid­uals lives and works. For example, an English woman cleans up a subma­rine for a party, a refugee from former Yugoslavia has created a place for himself and a night watchman has to see to it that that boat stays where it is’. Peaceful music empha­sises the rela­tive quiet, in which the inter­vie­wees reflect on their lives and the harbour.

Title: Haven, omzwervingen in de nacht
Year: 2004
Duration : 1 hour, 12 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Sound Design (2005)
Mark Glynne

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