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Dazzle
Oogverblindend
dir. Cyrus Frisch / Netherlands 2009 / 85’
subtitles: Polish and English
New Horizons International Competition

Cast

Rutger Hauer, Georgina Verbaan

Film description

What will happen, if you combine Rutger Hauer, the 1980s film star, Georgina Verbaan, the popular Dutch celebrity, and Cyrus Frisch, a controversial director searching new film forms? We will see a film close to video-art achievements, poetic and yet naturalist, astonishing in form and substance, split between words and images.

Dazzle is a recording of a casual conversation on the phone between a neurotic girl, horrified at the world's corruption and dirt, and a doctor from Buenos Aires, who is filled with doubts and fear, too, although he seems different. We can see the reality from the girl's perspective, through a window pane, we watch homeless people, petty criminals, rubbish in a canal in Amsterdam. These elements do not combine into a whole, and the element by itself, abstract and watched closely, becomes strange and terrifying.

Sections of frames, long moments when only a black screen is shown and a voiceover can be heard - this is how the director made the original radio play edited from flashes of reality and touching on maladaptation, on search for spirituality and sense despite emotional dryness, on substitute of life and observation of the world without becoming a part of it.

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