KISSINGER (THE LAST HURRAH)

KISSINGER (THE LAST HURRAH)
A Short film by Hugo Naber
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LOCKLINEYou'll never gain full control. No matter how hard you try. It's a sublime ideal. Control. It’s the most beautiful ideal there is.

KISSINGER (The Last Hurrah)

The Story.

For Henry Kissinger arranging the royal box seats in the Opéra national de Paris on such a short notice was just a dial away. To convince the maître d'hôtel for their usual and to hustle close friends took a few more calls on the switchboard, given it's a regular Thursday evening. So what are you gonna do? Nancy Kissinger looks like a million bucks on the ride over. 

When the diner dies down things are about to take a turn for the worse as we find Henry walking the 3 miles from Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville towards Place de l'Opéra. Not only is he dodging Nancy inside the foyer but somehow he vanished inside the catacombs of the Palais Garnier all together. Leaving us no trace at all.

KISSINGER Crowdfund proposal autumn 2017

Together with Cinecrowd we teamed up to fund our overall shooting budget. We have set the marker at 12.500 euro's which will enable us to film for 10 to 14 day's this autumn. Locations are planned both in Paris, (France) as Amsterdam (the Netherlands). We would be very proud to achieve our funding goal with your donations in order to start the Principal photography in October 2017.

 

Makers Statement Hugo Naber

I "The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over." | MARCH 17, 2017 | Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

The 12th of December 2016, in Asker (Norway)
On a stopover in Asker (greater Oslo) while filming my first short film "The Dog Lies Buried" my producer Berit Hartvig told me that Henry Kissinger just addressed the Inaugural Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo. I took notice. The world in turmoil, but I went for a swim in the Risenga svømmehall. I took a note to self, "When Back In Amsterdam Must Read Transcript Lecture".

"The statesman will forever be tempted by the pressures of the moment to set aside his obligations to the world’s long-term future. But the calling offers as well insight into perils unprecedented in the history of mankind. Drift will multiply their complexities. In the 18th century, Immanuel Kant predicted the coming of universal peace either by human insight or by catastrophes of such magnitude that no other choice remained. This prospect has grown only starker in the intervening centuries." | Address to the Inaugural Nobel Peace Prize Forum By Henry A. Kissinger Oslo, Norway December 11, 2016 

The 24th of March 2017, in Haarlem (The Netherlands)
On this Friday evening I witnessed the transformation of Bo Tarenskeen onstage in his magnificent play "Kissinger". I met Bo and co-writer Joost de Vries shortly after his curtain call in the foyer. Instantly I knew sitting in the crowd watching Bo's performance and listening to their texts "this is it!" He's in the zone, it's cinema, right there! Images flashing before my eyes, done deal. It's called inspiration, and a start.

You'll never gain full control.
No matter how hard you try.
It's a sublime ideal.
Control.
It’s the most beautiful ideal there is.
It’s the only thing that sets us apart from the animals.
Control shapes the world.
Without control things don't mean anything.
It’s a sheer impossibility.
There are always fractures.
Things that just do not fit.
You will always see the cracks between things.
Between civilizations.
Between the people.

Kissinger, a theatre play by Bo Tarenskeen and Joost de Vries

 

II "Nobody has a monopoly on truth and morals."  “Nobody has a monopoly on truth and morals." STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW E. KRAMERJULY New York Times 31, 2016

The 17th of April 2017, in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Noon in an American Bookstore in Amsterdam. While buying the Books "SIDESHOW", by William Shawcrossand and "The Last of the President's Men" by Bob Woodward, I had the following exchange with both the owner and a regular customer; "Nixon and Kissinger, the bad guys!" the owner joked, I did not reply.The regular customur broke the silence; "Well there's something to learn from everybody!"

In 1973 Kissinger, along with Le Duc Tho, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho negotiated the peace agreement that finally brought the war in Vietnam to a close. While the negotiations were in their most pivotal phase, the U.S. Government introduced the notorious ‘Christmas Bombing’ to increase its diplomatic leverage over Hanoi, which also served to reassure its corrupt allies in Saigon that they were not being abandoned by Washington. Le Duc Tho refused the prize, while Kissinger accepted although he did not attend the ceremony. | Honoring Henry Kissinger at Oslo  | Richard Falk | Dec 10, 2016

III "They say only felons have dogs that you can’t see at night." Peter Straughan is a writer and director, known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Wolf Hall.

In the week of 12 of June I listened to the Reith Lecture with the novelist Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies on BBC 4. It fuelled my instinctive approach towards the task of adapting the beautiful text of Bo and Joost and their clear-cut view on the great persona Henry Alfred Kissinger.

"Indeed, the work of adaptation is happening every day; without it, we couldn’t understand the past at all. An event occurs once: everything else is reiteration, a performance. When action is captured on film, it seems we have certainty about what happened. We can freeze the moment. Repeat it. But in fact, reality has already been framed. What’s out of shot is lost to us. In the very act of observing and recording, a gap has opened between the event and its transcription. Every night as you watch the news, you can see story forming up. The repetitious gabble of the reporter on the spot is soon smoothed to a studio version. The unmediated account is edited into coherence. Cause and effect are demonstrated by the way we order our account. It gathers a subjective human dimension as it is analyzed, discussed. We shovel meaning into it. The raw event is now processed. It is adapted into history.

The cinema is excellent at verisimilitude but less good with the truth. Time’s the enemy. There’s a limit to how many complex events you can digest into the average length of a feature film. It is a rare gift, to be able to find images to carry facts. We have explanatory devices - voice-overs, captions; they can add creative value, or they can be desperate measures which regress to the text. I think that what the adaptor must do is set aside the source – whether it’s a history book or a novel - put down the text, and dream it. If you dream it, you might get it right, the spirit if not the letter; but if you are literal, you will set yourself up for failure. " | Reith Lecture with the novelist Hilary Mantel Her books about the Court of Henry VIII, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, have been phenomenally successful. Both won the Booker Prize for fiction.

 

IV "Always Move forward." Taken from Darren Aronofsky’s diary of the making of Pi.

Often I pinned down Darren Aronofsky’s Rules for Writing and ran right into the wall. It takes time to understand what certain rules imply. To be able to write about ones art while creating it simultaneously as well as finding its leitmotivs is magic. The process of filmmaking for me is a wild adventure and also entails a great deal of responsibility. I take refuge in this quote of painter Robert Zandvliet about imagery in the realm of visual arts. 

"Art history, to me, is a set stacked collection of images, whom are always being recycled. In fact, it is always the same images that comes back in a slightly different form. The higher the quality of the image, the more archetypical they become and the longer they can last. The longer they can move along with time." The Perception, An intense portrait of the painter Robert Zandvliet, 2016 by Frank Scheffer.

From Left to Right; Joost de Vries, Bo Tarenskeen, Hugo Naber | Amsterdam, 2017

Thank You For Donating And Making The Short Film "Kissinger, (The Last Hurrah)" A Reality

 

Quote that inspired the maker

It must be nice to disappear. To have a vanishing act. To always be looking forward. And never looking back. How nice it is to disappear. Float into a mist. With a young lady on your arm. Looking for a kiss.
"Vanishing Act" | Lou Reed (The Raven, 2003)
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