Archive of films For the Time Being / Onvoltooid tegenwoordig

2002, 9 min

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Year: 2002

Death called a final halt to the director’s last work, whose theme was to have been love, freely inspired by the Bible’s Song of Songs. He left only a nine-minute fragment behind him in the editing room, an assemblage of Van der Keuken’s conversations with friends and film colleagues.


In his last completed film, The Long Holiday, Johan Van der Keuken stated that, for him, making films was a way of life. Until the very last moment he worked on a film which was to have been his final testament. Death interrupted his last work, a film treating the theme of love. The director was freely inspired by the Bible’s Song of Songs. Only part of the work remained behind in the editing room, a series of Van Keuken’s conversations with friends and film colleagues. While this is only a nine-minute fragment composed of an accelerated assemblage of faces, gestures and words which gradually begins to construct itself into a testimony, we can still gather from it the kind of themes the director chose to focus on right up until the end. According to the commentary, Johan van der Keuken passed away one sunny day in January.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Screenplay: Johan van der Keuken
Dir. of Photography: Johan van der Keuken
Production: Pieter van Huystee Productions

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