Camino, a Feature-length Selfie

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Camino, a Feature-length Selfie (Camino, een feature-length selfie)

Directed by Martin de Vries

  • Netherlands 2019; 85 min
  • Original version: Dutch
  • Genre: Documentary


From France to Spain in 70 days. 1600 kilometres. This famous pilgrimage is undertaken by a growing number of people from around the world. Without any preconceived idea, Martin de Vries makes a daily recording to document his state of mind. Upon his return home, these recordings turn out to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. Experience the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in a pure and compelling way: be in the moment while accompanying Martin de Vries on his journey.

Director's Statement

Quite impulsive and without any significant preparation I decided to walk in three months to Santiago de Compostela. I couldn’t ignore the sudden inner urge that had arisen. Off course an unexpected plan like that never suits your schedule, but the desire eventually won and perhaps I could get answers about ‘the why’.
The idea originated to take at least a smartphone and GoPro camera with me. Not particularly to capture the route, the landscape or the encounters along the way, but more to capture my state of mind of the day, which could perhaps clarify my own motives. There were no plans for a serious film project at all at that time.
I walked the pilgrimage in 70 days and usually took the camera a few times a day - on an emotional level and certainly not thinking about a scripted documentary. It became a beautiful intense journey in which I also went through many inner processes. After returning home, I left the footage untouched for 2 months. Those weeks were mainly a period of contemplation and processing all of the personal impressions gained during the walk.
When I finally watched all the recorded footage, I was surprised that the video material had such an energy. That made me decide to ask a few media-related relationships and fellow students - including Hans de Wolf, Cees van Ede, Hans Keller, Kees van Kooten and editor Ulrike Mischke - to look at the material as well. Of course I was nervous and insecure to confront them with my recorded pilgrimage. Without exception, however, the reactions were particularly enthusiastic with the general tendency that it would be a shame not to try to create a film out of the footage. As a result, I have shed my shyness and slowly CAMINO, A FEATURE-LENGTH SELFIE has arisen.
It is a simple film about perception and experience.




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