Original Dutch film title:
DE KASTANJEBOOM EN DE RIVIER
Developments in a landscape from the perspective of a chestnut tree.
From the perspective of an old chestnut tree we look at the landscape and the changes taking place there.
In a seemingly timeless polder in Brabant’s Biesbosch in Southern Holland seasons pass by over unaltered pristine landscape. In a corner of this polder stands a large old chestnut tree. From its branches we view the landscape and the rare visitors who pass through it.
Change comes when the land is assigned a new purpose to become a flood area for the high waters of the rivers. From the perspective of the tree we see one autumn day machines and tractors move into the area. During the winter months the machine’s arms plough vigorously into the ground. A groove is dug straight through the polder. The chestnut tree seems to look on unperturbed.
direction & camera: Marieke van der Sloot
sound: Alex Booy, Robil Rahantoeknam, Wilco van Blitterswijk, Dennis Kersten
editing: Marieke van der Sloot, Albert Elings
sound post-production: Boon & Booy
image post-production: Loods, Lux & Lumen
music: Frans Moussault
producer: Digna Sinke
this film is financially supported by:
Netherlands Film Fund
Yosemite International Film Festival 2010: Silver Sierra Film Award