Film installation over 4 screens, 4x short fiction film, with Joes Brauers and Cherise Silvestri, DoP Jurgen Lisse, total runtime 60 minutes, the Netherlands, 2022, All rights reserved
The Young Man as a Movie Star (Paranoia, Opulence, Perversion, Competition) is a film installation comprised of four narrative short films. The films are screened simultaneously in the exhibition space, on four separate screens with separate audio.
Each film depicts a variation on a troubled relationship between a young man (20) and a mature woman (50), played each time by the same two actors, and shot in the same location.
Each film is inspired by the oeuvre of a 20th century male film director, for whom female-male relations form an important pillar in their work (Godard, Hitchcock, Spielberg and Von Trier).
The films are shot in a specific style, with a distinct narrative, tone and score–while across the screens, the characters gestures, their viewpoints and the situations they are in, are adjusted to form a web of intersecting moments and cross-references, linking the films together.
Starting and ending at different times, the films loop to repeat the cycle of interconnections with each round, allowing the viewer to drift at will between the screens and come up with their own interpretation.
Paranoia, inspired by the oeuvre of Jean-Luc Godard, depicts a love affair between an older woman and a younger man, who spend 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 inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's work, the young man is a runaway terrorist, wearing a bomb-vest. He ends up on the porch of a manic housewife who has just murdered her husband- thereby offering her a cynical possibility for escape. In Perversion, shot in dramatic widescreen and inspired by the work of Steven Spielberg, a mother's frustration with the manner in which her son is coping with the death of his father, leads her to offer him weed and ecstasy until they both lose all control. In Competition, filmed with hand-held camerawork and inspired by the films of Lars von Trier, two colleague performers rehearse a dance piece on the beach. When the woman quits, to claim she is exploited by the (absent) choreographer- who also happens to be the young man's lover- and asks for the young man's solidarity-the resulting inner conflict leads the young man to seek relief in self-harm.
it employs the 'older woman' as the messenger who–in her different configurations as a mother, a lover, a colleague and a housewife-thus travelling through the cinematic stereotypes traditionally assigned to her–works upon the young mans spirit, until he gets it: change is needed, and his interpretation of manhood might be a crucial factor in achieving this change.
Candy Cherise Silvestri
Bully Joes Brauers
written and directed by Bart Groenendaal
producer Rogier Kramer
line producer Wilant Boekelman
production manager Laura Bouwmeester
production assistant Tessel Jonkers
Hannah van Helden
first assistant director Frieder Wallis
second assistant director Renee de Graaff
directors assistant Rosiario Cabred
choreographer Tomislav Feller
director of photography Jurgen Lisse
focus puller Maric Dam
second assistant camera Pauline Wiersma
gaffer Danny Schoute
best boy Erwin Smit
Joris van Gulik
key grip Bjorn Schumacher
production sound mixer Luuk Hoogstraten
art director Marieke van den Bosch
art assistant Elia Castino
art assistant Maartje Luiken
set dresser Marnix Bloemberg
assistant set dresser Fien Lute
art runner Duncan Eilander
graphic design Pernilla Phillips
costume designer Lotte Noordermeer
wardrobe Koosje Janssen
make-up and hair Laura van Kolk
health and safety officer Valerie Rutjes
catering Frank van den Berg
Zoë van Broekhoven
editor Bart Groenendaal
composer Stijn Hosman
sound design and mix Jaim Sahuleka
postproduction facilities Fever Film
Bart van den Broek
colorist Joel Sahuleka
title design Haghefilm Digitaal
subtitling Ronals van Biezen
office manager Romana Hrvatin
budget controller Peter Kersten
legal advisor Merel Teunissen
publicity advisor Petra van Horssen