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What would it be like to enter into the life of a complete stranger? That’s the premise of this docu-fiction, which was shot entirely on a cell phone. In order to break through the wall of urban anonymity, the filmmaker talks to various people on the streets of London, out of whom three main characters materialize: a Brazilian beauty named Sandrine, who’s looking for a husband, a drug addict named Steve, and Precious, a singer and poetess. There is no script: what begins as a vague idea gradually metamorphoses into a confusing project, and filmmaker Boris Gerrets begins to have grave doubts about his own role in all of this. When he ends up having an affair with Sandrine, he goes from observer to participant in his own film. The camera would seem to be an aphrodisiac, but the closer he gets to his subject, the more the camera gets in his way. At the same time, things happen that would never have been possible without the camera. Filming creates one moment while simultaneously destroying another. According to Gerrets, that is the paradox that defines cinema’s relationship to reality.
Boris Gerrets is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker who lives and works between London and Amsterdam. He is also an accomplished visual artist and film-editor. Gerrets' cinematic approach contains a strong performative component and relies heavily on his multidisciplinary background in fine arts, dance and theatre. He is the recipient of a number of grants and has toured and shown his work internationally in museum and gallery exhibitions and video and film festivals.
PEOPLE I COULD HAVE BEEN AND MAYBE AM
2010, 53', color, video
Sister Netifa, Anne Wellmer
Pieter van Huystee, Pippaciné
Pieter van Huystee Film
Festivals & Awards:
IDFA 2010 - NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary; Visions du Réel 2011 - Prix George Foundation à la meilleure réalisation d'un moyen métrage; Hot Docs 2011 - Honorable Mention Mid-Length Documentary; Beldocs 2011 - FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award; Open City London Documentary Festival 2011 - Time Out Best City Award; Pärnu Film Festival 2011 - The Prize of French Ambassador His Excellency M Frédérik Billet for the most innovative documentary; DokuFest Prizren 2011 - Best International Feature Dox Award; Festival dei Popoli 2011 - Gian Paolo Paoli Award for the Best Ethno-anthropological Film; E-Dox 2011 - Special Mention
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