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
Duration : 1 hour, 12 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005
Gouden Kalf nominees
Beste Sound Design (2005)
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