Archive of films The Filmmaker`s Holiday / Vakantie van de filmer

1974, 39 min

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Year: 2002

Even when he’s far away from everyday life, the “filmmaker on holiday” can’t fully escape emotions which pervade the film in the form of autonomous images. These piece together the director’s mental world: happiness when surrounded by his family, the little golden-haired son discovering the world around him, fragments of his films.…


In a small French village in the Aude region an elderly married couple tells a cameraman “on holiday” of their memories of the War, of illness and death.... While never veering too far from everyday reality, Van der Keuken is still unable to cut himself off completely from sentiments which enter the film as autonomous images, bringing together the director’s mental world: happy times with his family, the fair-haired son just beginning to discover the world around him, fragments of his own films, a tribute to saxophonist Ben Webster, two poems by contemporary poets Remco Campert and Lucebert, a portrait of the director’s grandfather who taught him how to take photographs.... All this unfolds against a background of the summer French landscape, drenched in sun and steeped in southern colours and fragrances, creating a special blend of sensuality and uneasy melancholy.

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Screenplay: Johan van der Keuken
Dir. of Photography: Johan van der Keuken
Editor: Louis Spoelstra, Johan van der Keuken
Production: Lucid Eye Films

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