Archive of films Fogbound / Fogbound

Netherlands / United Kingdom
2002, 97 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2002

Three people get lost in thick fog while driving along a mountain road. Husband and wife Leo and Anne and their friend Paul become participants in a drama which gradually uncovers their hidden desires. The initial variations on the theme of sexuality and hatred acquire unforeseen dimensions, intensified by the film’s unusual artistic slant.


Three people get lost in thick fog while driving along a mountain road. Husband and wife Leo and Anne and their friend Paul thus become participants in a drama which slowly gives vent to hidden emotions. The environment they find themselves in prompts questions of sexuality and the gradual disintegration of Anne and Leo’s marriage. The relationship between the three undergoes rapid development as the story unfolds, punctured by various unforeseeable twists. The psychological slant to the film is soon intensified with stylised sequences which unveil the main characters’ true motivations. Purely film media, including a divided screen and the use of numerous enlarged details, serve for the continual destruction of the initial unity of place, time and action. While the film retreats from the enclosing fog and the present, we follow Leo’s story back to the 17th century and, due to events long past, we begin step by step to follow the reasons why modern-day Leo refuses to become a father. The characters Anne and Paul also acquire different dimensions thanks to which they become more distant or, on the contrary, more intimate as the story moves towards its unexpected conclusion.

About the director

Ate de Jong (1953) studied at the Filmacademie in Amsterdam during the period 1970-1974. In Holland he made six features, including A Flight of Rainbirds (1981), Burning Love (1983) and Shadow of Victory (1986). His first opportunity to direct after his arrival in Hollywood came with Miami Vice, for which he directed one part of the series. In 1989 he made the film Highway to Hell with Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson and Ben Stiller. Another feature followed with Drop Dead Fred (1991) featuring Rik Mayall and Phoebe Cates. In a European coproduction he directed the film All Men Are Mortal (1995), which he based on the book by Simone de Beauvoir. As a producer, Ate de Jong was also involved in the films Left Luggage (1998) and The Discovery of Heaven (2001), screened at this year’s Karlovy Vary IFF.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Special Events
Director: Ate de Jong
Screenplay: Michael Lally
Dir. of Photography: Erwin Roodhart
Music: Frank Fitzpatrick
Editor: Nigel Galt
Producer: Ate de Jong, Angela Roessel
Production: Mullholland Pictures
Cast: Luke Perry, Ben Daniels, Orla Brady, Jeroen Krabbé

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