A Man and a Camera, dir. Guido Hendrikx, Netherlands 2021, 64 min., Dutch with English subtitles
A voiceless figure roams the Dutch borderlands, filming everything and everyone he encounters. As he moves from doorstep to doorstep, many of the inhabitants he comes across react with a mixture of bemusement, concern and simmering anger.
Practically drawing parallels to Bram Stoker’s narratives, Guido Hendrikx’s spectral filmmaker can only pass through his subject’s doorways by invitation, lending A Man and a Camera an unearthly and unsettling quality. When residents open their doors to this mute observer, Hendrikx asks us to reconsider who we are when we find ourselves on camera, and how we fill the awkward silences in our interactions with strangers. As we briefly peer into these lives, the film becomes a work of suburban ethnography that reimagines the conventions of observational filmmaking while simultaneously questioning notions of cinematic control and authorship.
This screening is a UK Premiere and is followed by a Q&A with director Guido Hendrikx, hosted by film critic and script consultant Wim Vanacker.
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