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A film about the power and vitality of art, about a place where love and death lives on: the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The calming and consoling beauty of this unique cemetery through the eyes of today's visitors. While they share their sorrow for the loss, the graveyard gradually reveals itself not only as a resting place for the dead, but also as a source of peace and inspiration for the living.
Lima could be any other Latin American city. Terrible things hide under its soil or in its streets full of carbon monoxide. "In Oblivion, I intended to celebrate, in a poetic manner, this forgotten city and its people. Look at the history with a sense of humor and irony and give a twist to reality, Oblivion doesn't scream, it whispers. Oblivion doesn't sob; it just cries." - Heddy HONIGMANN
A film about the haunting experiences of Dutch U.N. peacekeepers, woven together by the powerful influence music has had on their endurance, survival, and memories of war. "Crazy reminds us that war, however short, never ends," says Tom Rankin. He declares as well, "Crazy transcends its particular subject matter to resonate universally, to capture a deeper truth both artfully and with enduring power."
The film is a musical journey through a world at war. A diverse group of exiled bohemians (an Argentine pianist, Romanian father and son violinists, a Venezuelan harpist, singers from Mali and Vietnam) are united by their experiences with political repression. Finding refuge in Paris, music becomes their economic lifeline, but as this film makes clear, it is also a shining metaphor for their will to survive.
"When O Amor Natural of Carlos Drummond de Andrade appeared in the wonderful Dutch translation by August Willemsen, I started to dream about a film based on the poems in the book. Thanks to the poems I was able to talk to wonderful old people about Drummond, about - their memories of - sex and love. The poems sometimes functioned as a kind of corkscrew, sometimes as a glass of brandy." - Heddy HONIGMANN
Director in Focus - Heddy Honigmann
The Underground Orchestra