Spring song - Erik de Bruyn

(in the framework of POEMS FROM THE SEA)

Original Dutch film title:
11 minutes

Poetic fictional film with Halina Reijn based on a poem by J.C. van Schagen.

The film provides an associative, lyrical depiction of the poem Frühlingslied by J.C. van Schagen, focussing on a little boy’s memories of his mother and bringing together present, past and future.


it is evening – summer 1900
we live in Singelstraat
Mother is standing in the garden – alone
she sees the distance – high over the houses
beyond the gardens of Koepoortstraat
Mother is proud
she looks so darkly
Mother is beautiful
she looks so sad
she gazes into the distance
while the tower plays the Frühlingslied
so clear, so far, so eternal
the tower is still playing the Frühlingslied
about Mother in the garden

J.C. van Schagen
translation: Martin Cleaver

with: Halina Reyn, Anton de Bruyn, Koen de Bruyn and Roos Nobel

script & direction: Erik de Bruyn
camera: Bert Haitsma
sound: Eddy de Cloe
editing: Marc Bechtold
music: David van der Heijden
costumes: Bernadette Corstens
sound design & re-recording mix: Rec Sound
producer: Digna Sinke

this film is financially supported by:
Provincie Zeeland
VSB Fonds
ThuisKopie Fonds