Veere - David Lammers

(in the framework of POEMS FROM THE SEA)

10 minutes

Research into the limits of darkness, inspired by a poem by Hans Groenewegen.

The film depicts the poem Veere by Hans Groenewegen by investigating how long a picture, that is little more than variations on dark, still has something to say.
Will the spectator long for the break of day?


from home, the evening lighter on the creek than
— behind the reeds, where twilight
in the meadows rises till it rolls
across the settled dykes, and across the fields
of rye, ears dying one by one,
fields with pale blue flowers, ripening poppy seed,
the weed-grown meadows over up against
the sea wall and the dunes, beyond —
on the sea, in the bar that the creek reflects

had there been something, there would be nothing now

the sea, taut between English ebb
and this high flood, does not disturb the calm,
the faint flow in the creek
troubles the water’s surface
and the air above it not at all
the twilight is a lock,
between, blue-black, the sky’s sweet channel
and, below, the race of heavier, brackish light,
clear now in the darker morning, home

Hans Groenewegen
translation: Martin Cleaver, Huib Lammers, Peter Verstegen

with: Ellen Goemans, Rutger Kroon

script, direction & editing: David Lammers
camera: Lennert Hillege
sound design: David Dramm, David Lammers, Jan Schermer
music: David Dramm
re-recording mix: Huibert Boon
laboratory: Cineco
producer: Digna Sinke

this film is financially supported by:
Nederlands Fonds voor de Film
Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Omroepproducties
Provincie Zeeland
Omroep Zeeland
ThuisKopie Fonds

IFFR 2005: Tiger Cub Award