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Kees Brienen - I love you so

3:00, 2006, Experimental
Love is a debt which cannot be repaid; more than that, it may be an ultimate believe in the future..
DirectorKees BrienenProducerKees Brienen

CountryNetherlandsEdition2006

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Interview

Who are you?
Hi, my name is Kees Brienen, I am an amateur filmmaker…


Why filmmaking?
So far there is no other more complicated artform. It’s the timebased combination of image and sound that is most challenging to control…


Your film is about...
Love…


Financing your movie?
I Love You So… was made as an assignment that was given to me by the Starting From Scratch super8 film festival that took place in De Balie, Amsterdam in 2004. A few filmmakers were given only one super8 Kodak film, 2 weeks before the festival took place. We had to make a film with it and think about editing inside the camera because the film would be developed by the festival and shown immediately, without the possibility to edit… I was extremely lucky in many ways. First the light I used caught fire and most of the camera went up in flames, fortunately the film survived… Than, later in the process I had to take the film out of the camera, in order to practice the turning shot with me and my former girlfriend lying on the grass… I of course forgot to watch how much film I already used when taking out the cassette. I had no idea when to start shooting the titles, but fortunately I gambled just right, my name is about the last thing visible. At the première I was able to present the film with the song played on a Fischer Price recordplayer on batteries…


New Media; a challenge for film makers?
No New Media before the old ones are finished… New Media has no meaning, but the future is digital…!!


Influences?
It must have been Clean, Shaven – Lodge Kerrigan (Canada, 1994, 80 min.) that gave me the understanding of the importance of moving images. The film reflects the reality in a way it became my reality. Stanley Kubrick explains it this way: ‘In a moment of time, too short to be measured, space turned and twisted upon itself’.


Individual film making or co-operation?
Since most people are not very well educated, I prefer to hold on to my own criteria…


Future...
To make an experimental fiction film in space…
I would like more people to understand the importance of cinema; cinema is like fire; mysterious and devastating, at the same time the origin of everything… A surrogate for the gods, just as superfluous as necessary. Chaos in the order and the other way around. Cinema is a culturally related expression in time and space of a new reality that came to light. Cinema is a never before observed personal insight, an individual discovery of a new perspective on life, love and death..

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