2022 | DCP | 19'39" | music | dialogue

part of The Young Man as a Movie Star


Two colleague dancers share an intimate relation to their choreographer: as his ex-wive and as his current lover. When the woman asks the boy for solidarity with her ill physical health, he gets so distressed he ultimately seeks relief in self-harm.  

The Young Man as a Movie Star (Paranoia, Opulence, Perversion, Competition) is a film installation with four narrative films screened simultaneously, showing variations on a troubled relationship between a man (20) and a woman (50).

The films are inspired by the oeuvres of four 20th century male film directors, for whom female-male relations form an important pillar in their work: Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Lars Von Trier. Starting and ending at different times, the films loop to repeat the cycle of interconnections formed with each round, allowing the viewer to drift at will between the screens, and to come up with their own interpretation.

Paranoia is about a secret love affair between an older woman and a younger man, spending an afternoon together. As the woman insinuates her husband might be spying on them, the young man becomes increasingly paranoid.

In Opulence, a short film-noir in black and white, the young man is a runaway terrorist who wears a bomb-vest and ends up on the porch of a manic housewife who has just murdered her husband, offering her a cynical possibility for escape.

In Perversion, shot in dramatic widescreen, a mothers frustration with the manner in which her son is coping with the death of his father leads her to offer him ecstasy until they both lose all control.

In Competition two colleague performers rehearse a dance piece on the beach. When the woman quits and claims she is being exploited by the (absent) choreographer, the young man, who happens to be the choreographers current lover, seeks relief in self-harm when asked to be in solidarity with her.

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Cherise Silvestri

Joes Brauers

Bart Groenendaal

Rogier Kramer

Wilant Boekelman

Laura Bouwmeester

Tessel Jonkers

Jetske Lieber

Hannah van Helden

Max Blomaard

Frieder Wallis

Renee de Graaff

Rosario Cabred

Tomislav Feller

Jurgen Lisse

Maric Dam

Pauline Wiersma

Dylan Stoel

Denny Schoute

Erwin Smit

Joris van Gulik

Hidde Muskee

Bjorn Schumacher

Luuk Hoogstraten

Marieke van den Bosch

Elia Castino

Maartje Luiken

Marnix Bloemberg

Fien Lute

Duncan Eilander

Pernilla Philip

Lotte Noordermeer

Koosje Janssen

Floortje Wijnands

Laura van Kolk

Valerie Rutjes

Indy Kisoen

Frank van den Berg

Zoƫ van Broekhoven

Bart Groenendaal

Elmer Leupen

Stijn Hosman

Jaim Sahuleka


Bart van den Broek

Jessica Akkermans

Joel Sahuleka

Haghefilm Digitaal

Ronald van Biezen

Romana Hrvatin

Peter Kersten

Merel Teunissen

Petra van Horssen

Anne Kervers



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