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2014, 76m, documentary
Sincere look behind the scenes at the Codarts school of music, dance and circus’s Circus Arts programme. Students from around the globe work hard in an old, isolated building in Rotterdam’s port. Crackling with tension and energy. Who’ll make it and who won’t?
First-year students at the school of Circus Arts in Rotterdam (Codarts) learn the hard tricks of juggling or acrobatics from their teachers. Besides their physical abilities, the students are looking for themselves, their inner artist and a style that suits them.
Produced by: David Kleijwegt, René A. Hazekamp
Cast: Lisa Chudalla Ilse deJong Dixie Wanner Liv Knoche Tobias Willasch Mateu Canellas Sureda Gracia Moragues Cantallops Helene Dahl Marc Jonkers Vladimir Stolliarov Irada Stolliarova Evgeniya Kalugina William Thomas Nathalie Good Sassan Sagher Yaghmai
10 questions with CircusTime director, Rene Hazekamp at the half-way mark.
Sunday, July 31st, 2016
1Hi Rene! Thanks for being a part of our 2016 Summer Festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make Circus Time? It was winter and snowy when saw the Circusschool for the first time. Outside and inside the school looked like scene out of a fifties film from the former Sovjet -Union. My first thought was: Wow !, somehow I have to find a story here.
2I think every kid wanted to join the circus at some point but I don't think too many people understand all the hard work that must go into being a circus performer. What were your thoughts when you first witnessed how hard these kids worked? Before I made documentaries i made some experimental modern dance films, so, I had some idea that they had to rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. What struck me was the ease with which they climbed on all kinds of things, cupboards, containers whatever.
3I love how the circus is truly an international family but you also get a small taste of how hard it must be to leave your home country to pursue this dream. How hard do you think it is on these kids? These kids here in Rotterdam are doing it out of free will. So they pursue their dreams and forget everything else. I believe it was harder on their parents. Some of them visited the school and came from Spain and Denmark and so.
4What was the most difficult aspect of making this film? The main space was incredibly noisy, it was hard to concentrate and very difficult pick up sound. Also finding a storyline took us more than three months. That's Jasper Verhorevoort and me.
5I loved how this film just let you observe how all this training works. It really was fun to be able to act as a voyeur into the process. Was that your intention from the beginning or did it just turn into that along the way? Actually, I came there without any plan and just had to wing it. Not the best method.
6If you had to join the circus, what type of performer would you become? I'm too old and stiff and I lack so many talents, so I probably will only be useful behind the cash register.
7This film not only goes into the physical aspects of the job, but also the artistic. I think it's also similar to filmmaking because there is a technical side and an artistic side. What are your thoughts on finding a balance between the technical and the artistic? Wow, that is a difficult question and it would take an hour to give a measured answer.
-not good enough, but whenever you think you have great ideas, practice, practice, practice
8What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? When I was 17, I saw John Hustons Wise Blood, ,it was the first time I thought: Wow you can express yourself that powerful in/with film.
9What surprised you most about this school and the students? The students optimism, their focus and their healthy lack of career planning.
10What's next? I just started a new filmproject, a documentary about people in Holland that are preparing a ship to rescue boat refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. It's a really huge and important mission they undertake. They have serious help from 'Doctors without borders' and the Italian coast guard but they are also half amateurish, which will lead to much drama. A sort of Fitzcarraldo meets Moby Dick meets ???
The title is Axe for the Frozen Sea, after a quote of Franz Kafka
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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