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De stad en het verlangen - Zeven New Orleans sketches

Documentary film, 2007, 68 min.

In August of 2005, hurricane Katrina swept New Orleans. Illustrated by seven short sketches that William Faulkner wrote in 1925 during his stay in New Orleans and that are read very slowly, documentary filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra wanders across the city that is still partly submerged. In this surrealist decor of abandoned destruction, Boonstra meets different inhabitants, including a courtesan, a police officer, a tourist and a drug dealer, and asks them about their survival instinct and their greatest love in life. Her direct questions to these heedless passers-by get unadulterated answers. In slow sustained shots, with the camera gliding at eye height through submerged, scantily-lit streets, also at night, Boonstra describes the atmosphere in this odd place, the exterior of which has been maimed, but not its soul, owing to its inhabitants: 'Why on earth do we think God looks like us?'

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