Above Us All

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    Above Us All

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Belgium

    2014

    99 min

    • English
    • Flemish

    Drama

    After the death of her Indigenous mother, the eleven year old Shay is taken by her Flemish father from Australia to Ypres, Belgium. In the surroundings, full of traces of the Great War, Shay tries to understand her mother’s death. In the meantime the camera is spinning around in circles questioning about our position in time and space.

    Credits

    Cast
    Shayleah Sands
    Kaleb Sands
    Maarten Baes
    Pearl Davern
    Greg Griffiths
    Screenplay
    Kim Niekerk
    Patrick Minks
    Cinematography
    Adri Schrover
    Editing
    Nico Leunen

    Director's Statement

    There is a beautiful Aboriginal dreamtime story in which the narrator asks two men what they think will happen to them when they die. One hopes to be a star on the firmament, as a comfort for the people below. The other man believes he will change into a blue fish and sink to the bottom of the ocean.

    When the two men have died, the narrator goes looking for them. He finds one as a star high in the sky and the other lies as a blue fish on the sea bed.

    The screenplay by Kim Niekerk is based on personal experience: the death of her mother and her move with her father from Indonesia to Europe. Patrick Minks adapted the screenplay and turned Australia into the mother country. In his version, the father became an astrono- mer working at the Narrabri radio telescopes (in New South Wales). We chose the Belgian town of Ypres as the European Antipodes. In Ypres, the echo of the First World War still sounds in everyday life.

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    Production
    SNG FILM BV
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    Eugenie Jansen

    Eugenie Jansen

    Netherlands

    Born in 1965 in Maastricht in the Netherlands, she studied at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam and graduated in 1991 with the short film KOEKOEKSKINDEREN. Her short film DE REGELS VAN HET VLIEGEN (THE RULES OF FLYING) screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 2004. She went on to work as an assistant director on several film productions and made further films. In 2002, her feature film debut TUSSENLAND won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her second feature, CALIMUCHO, screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2009.