1. SISYPHUS AT WORK* (Netherlands, UK Premiere, 02:00) – Director Ramón Gieling WEBSITE
SYNOPSIS: Film director Boy Talma returns to his hometown after having lived in New York for 7 years to shoot his new film ‘Sisyphus at Work’, a musical film, inspired by Albert Camus’ ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’. Starting the preparations for his film, Boy finds out that he has only nine months left to live. He decides to tell nobody, not even his wife Zelda, but the scenes he imagines for his “music film” begin to coincide with his own life. Friends, enemies and loved ones are given a role in his fantasized film. More and more Boy is losing himself in the abyss between fiction and reality, while in a special friendship with the lonesome daughter of his deceased assistant, thirteen-year-old Virginia, he makes a final, rebellious journey; or, as he says, ‘his best film’ yet. *18
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Ramón Gieling’s career can be seen as versatile, passionate and wayward. His motion pictures, film essays, short films and documentaries are without exception recognizable to his signature. For Gieling it’s not about the logic; his films are not based on rational motives. He tries to grab the elusive and mythical into cinematic interpretations. Gieling’s films don’t lead to unambiguous endings. People and events only exist in the eyes and stories of others. Janneke Doolaard produced Gieling’s ‘The Left Winger’ (2008). In addition to the cinema hits ‘Erbarme Dich – Matthäus Passion Stories’ (2015) and ‘About Canto’ (2011), the cooperation between DOXY films and director Ramón Gieling resulted in ‘Memories Of A Sad Dawn’ (2014) and the short music film ‘Great Lengths’ (2010). Gieling is also known for ‘En Un Momento Dado – Johan Cruijff’, ‘Duende’ and ‘Tramontana’. His latest film ‘The Death of Antonio Sanchez’ premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2019. SISYPHUS AT WORK is a feast for the senses. Gieling says, “I created a film in which everything is possible; a free, radical, baroque, musical film that I love to fantasize about and in which miraculous contradictions are united.” Gieling’s directing is truly sublime.
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