2KM2 - twee vierkante kilometer stad Documentary film, 2008, 79 min.

In 2007, photographer Carel van Hees took four seasons to follow the colourful inhabitants of the two square kilometres of Rotterdam between the Kop van Zuid and the Afrikaanderwijk. Here, the city centre has crossed the Meuse and skyscratchers advance at the expense of an old working-class district. The makers call this area the Janus Face of Rotterdam, one face looking to the past, one to the future. Not surprisingly, the contrasts are huge: from a slick, large-scale call center where a cacophony of voices rings out, the film leaps to the owner of a jampacked and cluttered second-hand store, who keeps talking to his stoic partner, hoping for a reaction. We follow a junk who lives on a 520 euro benefit and we hear that the beautiful flats a little further down cost at least 640,000 euro. Van Hees refrains from any comments or interviews. He registers daily life in fixed shots and static frames, with a special eye to linguistic, visual and humoristic elements.

nominations

NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf (2)

other prizes

NL - Rotterdam International Film Festival - RTM Classic 2019

 

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NL films on Film festivals 2019