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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition

AMONG US

Directed by: 
GUIDO HENDRIKX
24'
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 20:30
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 22:00
Written by: 
Guido Hendrikx
Cinematography: 
Emo Weemhoff
Editing: 
Lot Rossmark
Sound: 
Tijn Hazen
Music: 
Ella van der Woude
Producer: 
Erik Glijnis, Zinzy Nimako, Jonne Roos
Romanian Premiere
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Paedophilia - a taboo that elicits immediate and unshaken aversion, but what if you were the one afflicted by it? Guido Hendrikx’s Among Us takes us through the confessionals of three highly-educated, closeted pedophiles, as they describe their history of discovery, repression and (impossible?) reconciliation with this affliction. Hendrikx captures the poetic bliss and dizzying confusion of the three subjects’ self-confessed trigger of visualization by focusing on the black-and-white cinematography’s greyscale palette. Never exploitative or sensationalistic in dealing with the unsettling dimension of its subject, Among Us operates as an non-judgemental platform for the avowal of repression’s life-long trauma. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF)
Director: 

Guido Hendrikx

Guido Hendrikx (1987) studied Liberal Arts & Sciences at Utrecht University and Directing Documentary at the Netherlands Film Academy. His debut documentary Day Is Done premiered at IDFA 2010. His short documentary Escort (2013) premiered at Visions Du Reel 2014, screened at several important international festivals and won multiple awards. In his graduation year at film school he wrote the script for the short film Fernweh and directed his graduation documentary Among Us (2014).

  

Contact: 
guidohendrikx[at]gmail[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Best International Short Film - Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada 2015
  • Vevam Award for Best Dutch Film - Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2015
  • Uppsala Award in Memory of Ingmar Bergman - Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2015
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2015
  • True/False Film Fest 2015
  • Busan International Short Film Festival 2015
  • IndieLisboa 2015
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
  • Vilnius International Short Film Festival 2015
  • Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival 2015
Director's statement:
The conflict between deeper inner feelings and rational thinking fascinates me. By focussing on three high-educated, self-conscious pedophiles I was able to explore this conflict in his most dramatic form. The main characters of Among Us rationally reject and therefore don’t act on their sexual feelings. I wanted to give a merciless insight in the minds and thoughts of these - for most others - indefinable persons. To achieve this I felt I was forced to put a lot of effort in sound-design and music-composing, combined with an unconventional use of imagery. An interesting challenge for me as a filmmaker. I hope the audience will be able to set their prejudices aside so the understanding of having to cope with a sexual orientation which most consider as morbid will not be disturbed by narrow-minded judgement. In the end, every human being has to learn to cope with forces he can’t control. Learning to cope with such forces seems an important universal challenge in life. (Guido Hendrikx)