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Under the Skin: What Excites Nina de Vroom's Artistic Soul?

Under the Skin: What Excites Nina de Vroom’s Artistic Soul?

From honeycomb to cosmos, Dutch filmmaker from Brussels Nina de Vroom covers that distance in her new documentary globes. “By looking closely at things, something wonderful can emerge.”

Born in 1989 in a small village in the Netherlands

He studies film at KASK in Ghent, during which time he makes fast evaporation (2012) and her graduation project waves (2013)

Builds on a poetic documentary with idea from the sea (2016) in dogs happiness (2018) shown at festivals such as Visions du réel and International Film Festival Rotterdam

She also teaches and is one of its founders Sabzian, an online magazine about the film

“I grew up in a small village in the Netherlands, and I have a tremendous impatience to discover the world,” says Nina de Froome at the edge of Duden Park, just behind Jardin Essentiel. “At first I imagined a whole world in the woods behind the house, but gradually I began to dream about the real life that should happen somewhere outside the village. I felt a very strong presence of things not yet known, yet to be discovered. I still have this feeling of being an explorer. I can To look at the city in which I live has always appeared in my head as an unexplored territory. But gradually more and more points appear where I was already. Gradually I get the feeling that there is little and is revealed. Everything is photographed, made available. It turns out that the real world that I I was looking for him. He was always there. And so I had to find other ways to find things out.”

There is unparalleled beautiful poetry in the soul of Nina de Vroom. A way of looking at things so they shine. “Surprising may be my way of life,” she says when a dog rushes past. Owner shouted laughing: “She is already fifteen.” Wonder remains young. “It’s also a beautiful word: ‘surprise.’ It’s as if by looking closely at things something wonderful can arise. Maybe that’s what I try to do in my films.”

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he met globes A feature-length documentary has been added to this film. Film like cloth that stretches between the sun, flowers, bees and beekeepers. Between space and time, between wing strokes and upbringing. In one miraculous move globes From the small to the cosmic. Like a liquid ritual dance. It’s as if you are watching a legend constantly unfold before our eyes. “Bees are very much connected to stories and cultures. There was a parallel history between humans and bees, a history with a complexity that I could not understand at once. Perhaps with a movie that would work, I thought.”

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“First, there is a theme, a concept that still haunts me,” says Nina de Froome. “Something like honeybees or police dogs or noise. Within that topic, you first start to associate violently and then apply certain logic. As a filmmaker, you are playing a game with the world.”

By simultaneously observing and imagining, taking a distance and getting closer. “Documentary is so wonderful because it is an art form that starts from life. You are in great contact with reality, and your job then consists of finding a relationship with it. Once you take a shot, a part of the world, you get an image that generates meaning. This transformation in reality is magical.”

“I have a lot of imagination for imagination,” laughs Nina de Froome. “Because you start with a blank sheet of script, there seems to be a lot of options open. And I didn’t find the play between the actors, the logic of continuity in time and space as interesting as the interactions between people and things, people and animals, or how one of the following images follows.”

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It’s amazing how Nina de Vroome lets simplicity flow into a certain friction, a complexity so profound in her films. “I think this has to do with researching for so long what has become so obvious that we are no longer aware of it. You can unfold the smaller, more cliched image into something that relates to history, psychology, poetry, biology, politics … and then I try to give space to the image, so that it can relate to that complexity Like Brin, a breeder of Slovenian queens, who points out the different colors of pollen in the honeycomb and at the same time talks about the landscape, diversity, his knowledge and his close relationship to nature.The simplicity of scenes that can evoke worlds is a way for me to organize the surplus of ideas and allow images to be The essence of what touches me.”

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“An image is always a personal impression, a way of shaping the world. What you can call it in a poetic way is the search for the most succinct form of expression. Giving space to this is fundamental to society, to mankind. What distinguishes life from survival is the presence of space and time for depth, ritual, memory and beauty.”

10 & 15/10, 20.00, Nova Cinema, Available online at Avila