Retreat

Retreat
A Short film by Joeri Verbesselt
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About the project
LOCKLINEThe short fiction film 'Retreat' is a poetic evocation of the desire for societal change.

Retreat is a short fiction film (+/- 13 mins.) which will be shot digitally in colour. The film portrays an overnight non-violent encounter between riot police and protesters without any real protagonist or dialogue. A complex choreography takes place in front of the camera: a moving trajectory from mass to individual, from human to cosmos, from chaos to silence.

The idea for this film arose from a fascination with ecology and a commited activism. After watching many (online) videos of protests, we decided to create our own vision on resistance through a colourful cinematography with different kinds of masks, costumes and attributes. Thereby, we emphasize a solidarity with each other and Earth.

Earth is a tough bitch!

Retreat is Joeri Verbesselt's master graduation film at LUCA School of Arts, Brussels (supervisor: Herman Asselberghs). A big chunk of the film was shot at the end of June, including dance choreographies in which we explored the revolutionary potential of the body in movement. Now, in July, we still need to shoot the end scene. Afterwards, in post-production, the film requires editing, color grading and the creation of original sounds and music. Part of our budget was obtained through a bursary from authors association deAuteurs. In order to finish the film in post-production and to be able to pay our debts (a Verbesselt may pay his debts, maybe), we need your financial support! Most of the money got spend into camera equipment, travel and catering, and art direction.

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The last possible deed is that which defines perception itself, an invisible golden cord
that connects us: illegal dancing in the capitalist ruins. Kidnap someone & make them happy with a fascination for every-thing.

Quote that inspired the maker

Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Bertolt Brecht