HAMSTERs
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    HAMSTERs

    Directed by

    Belgium

    2017

    71 min

    • French

    Experimental

    A phenomenon of collective hysteria, a dancing mania similar to that seen in 1564 in Molenbeek, has started in the Marolles. The ‘contaminated’ people gather in the streets to dance frenetically. They have nothing in common, except to have have witnessed, from near or far, a terrorist attack.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Frédéric Rolland
    Delphine Brual
    Veerle Vaes
    Jerôme Roland
    Nicolas Monfort
    Jean-Pierre Rostenne
    Jean-Claude Dupéciaux
    Georges Dykmans
    Sophie Thirion
    David Chazam
    Sébastien Versluys
    Corinne Pelé
    Florence Petranto
    Giuseppe Porcaro
    André Guillaume Jacques
    Marion Fougeret
    Katleen van Lombeek
    Emilie Ketels
    Jeanne Boute
    Alain Haubursin
    Xavier Gorgol
    Maria Brouillard
    Madeleine Kobia
    Bettina Windelschmidt
    José & Leoncia Martinez
    Christine Lapage
    Jean-Luc Philippe
    Luc Vanuytrecht
    Screenplay
    Martine Doyen
    Cinematography
    Martine Doyen
    Maxime Gourdon
    Editing
    Martine Doyen
    Patxi Endara
    Music
    Casio Bxl
    David Chazam

    Director's Statement

    This is alternative cinema :poor but free. HAMSTERs has been shot with a very small camera, a computer and very limited ressources. This means no technical crew on the set, just me and the actors…HAMSTERs could not have been made differently ; its creation process, very open and based on improvisation in every level, was incompatible with the ways of film industry. In 2009, four years after the production of my first feature film KOMMA, I was just writing scripts and feeling too frustrated. As in my beginnings, I’ve started a movie with just nothing: only ideas, actors, some places, a small camera and a computer. With the time, this improvised work became TOMORROW, an experimental feature about Procrastination… The experience was so interesting that I continued wit HAMSTERs. Next spring, I finally direct my next feature film NO FUN with a professionnal crew… A painter paints, a musician plays music, a sculptor sculpts. This means me, I should be filming, right? No matter how, whatever the budget, or even the material.

    Production
    SPINACH PRODUCTIONS ASBL
    Martine Doyen

    Martine Doyen

    Belgium

    Martine Doyen is a belgian film director based in Brussels. Since 1995, she have writed and directed 4 fictional short movies and her first feature film entitled KOMMA (2006), which was selected for Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique.
    Since 2006, she writed, produced and directed experimetal fictions like TOMORROW (2014) and her latest feature HAMSTERs (2016).

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