the waves

feature film, 92′, 16 mm, colour

there are 6 main characters, who are continually trying to recapture the sense of harmony which they knew as children. the intensity of childhood, the optimism of youth and the disillusion of later years are portrayed through their thoughts. their perceptions and feelings move back and forth in the narrative like waves. this is not a conventional adaptation of a novel to film. its imagery is inspired by the form of the novel, and it takes us on a quest.

cast: edwin de vries, aat ceelen, thea korterink, michel van rooy,
truus te selle, marianne stieger, gerardjan rijnders
script: annette apon based on the novel the waves by virginia woolf
director of photography: theo van de sande
production design: frank rosen
sound: roel bazen
editing: ton de graaff
music: louis andriessen
dubbing mix: wim vonk
producer: rené scholten for studio nieuwe gronden

dvd available (dutch spoken/also english spoken version),
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Amidst numerous international top films at the International Filmfestival in Rotterdam, the world première of Annette Apon’s feature film debut The Waves has made for a genuine cinematic sensation. (Eindhovens Dagblad)

The Waves is not an experiment, but a debut of immediate splendour. (De Volkskrant)

A strong film talent with the aptitude to convey introvert insecurities to others in an intelligent and endearing manner. (NRC Handelsblad)

It is an as brilliant as pointed response to the readily accepted naturalism with which Dutch fiction cinema is contaminated. (Trouw)

After a while, form and matter of the film harmoniously evolve towards each other. In this way, the ending reaches a climax that is at once moving and psychologically of an almost terrific suspense. (Algemeen Dagblad)

Apon has succeeded in making a fascinating film. (Variety)

festivals (selection):
premiere film international rotterdam
dutch golden calf best camerawork (theo van de sande)
prize best script stichting filmenergie nederland
internationale filmfestspiele berlin panorama
festival international de films de femmes de seaux
festival internacional de cinema figueira da foz
london film festival
edinburgh international film festival
festival international du nouveau cinéma de montréal
festival internazionale cinema giovani torino
internationale filmwoche mannheim
internationaal filmgebeuren van vlaanderen gent
semana internacional de cinema de barcelona
miami film festival

category: fiction