Photog­ra­pher Anna Smeets makes reportages all over the world. When her mother dies unex­pect­edly, she returns to her native Limburg village for the funeral. She decides to move into her moth­er’s studio on the edge of the Galgenven and make pictures in the vein of her moth­er’s paint­ings of the village and its inhab­i­tants and the unique nature surrounding it. While Anna thus tries to regain her iden­tity, it turns out that part of that nature will have to yield to project devel­opers’ plans. A fierce battle flares up between Anna and large landowner Hyacint de Beau­mont. The village, where many people depend on him, is divided. When Anna finally seems to be all alone, she receives help from unex­pected quar­ters. This has dramatic conse­quences. The film contains docu­men­tary elements and footage of farmers and conser­va­tion­ists, who in reality also have to with­stand drastic changes.

Title: Het Galgenven
Year: 2009
Duration : 1 hour, 17 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2009

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