Spirit of the Wharf

A film by Sherman de Jesus for Jos Withagen

Cast
Rimme van Varik
Merel Sijbrant
Natasha Kamstra
Caryatids
Eva Friebel
Marinde Hurenkamp
Nathalie Moekasan
Cora van der Voort

 

Camera
Peter Brugman
Albert van der Wildt

 

Sound
Gertjan Miedema

 

Editing
Dick van der Meer

 

Soundmix
Mark Dubbeldam

 

Mixing
Mark Dubbeldam

 

Music
Willem Erné

 

Make-up
Aron Brouwer

 

Make-up assistant
Maja Zandee

 

Runner
Jeroen Scheltens

 

Stills
Michael Kooren

 

Title Design
Koningsberger & van Duijnhoven

 

Laboratory
Cineco

 

Grading
Petro van Leeuwen

 

Material
Kodak

 

Research & Production
Esther Pardijs

 

Scenario
Jos Withagen

 

Director
Sherman De Jesus

 

Producers
Cécile van Eijk
Eugenie Nunes

The city of Utrecht once was the most important harbour and marketplace in the northern part of the Netherlands. Merchants traded goods between France, England and the Scandinavian countries. Ships could easily bring their merchandise directly from the wharf through the cellars into the houses along the meandering canal called the Oudegracht (Old canal). During four Seasons Filmmaker Sherman De Jesus searched for lyrical and dreamlike images for his film without dialogues about the Oudegracht. Like the vision of the child wonder Mozart, slipping out of the hotel at the Minrebroederstraat to go wandering with his sister Nannerl. The deep sound of the Dom Tower, the Time Machine. Age old stones smelling of water. Caryatids turning into flesh, fleeing from a hidden sorrow. People and things that have been thrown away. The naked lady cycling incessantly with a violin, waiting for the surreal painter Joop Moesman to capture her in a famous painting. Her face like a dreamlike gift. The endless longing.

1998
35 mm/video, colour, Dolby Surround
30 min.
Dutch


The film Spirit of the Wharf by Sherman De Jesus was selected from more than 200 submissions because of “his unique symbolic style of looking at existence. This work gives us the exceptional possibility of changing the way we look at the world, something that doesn’t often happen in any other medium.”

(You Minowa, curator of the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo.)


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