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Haevn 'Fortitude' by Bram Schouw

David Knight - 11th Apr 2018

Dutch director Bram Schouw, who signed to Blink in London in January, has created an affecting and unconventional drama for Dutch band Haevn.  

When a prisoner walks through the gates of his jail to his freedom, his first thought is to see his teenage son, about to take part in a wrestling competition. Schouw makes this moment impressively real, but then the perspective appears to shift from the man to the boy, taking part in the wrestling match, and looking beaten. 

Without giving too much away, there is a real message to be taken from the film about the impact of absence and that awful pain of missing someone. It's also about the importance of that crucial formative relationship between father and son. And that comes across through Schouw's impressive direction of his lead actors: Douglas Russell as the father and Denis Bolunov as the son.

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Bram Schouw
Producer
Stephanie Paeplow
Production Company
Production Company
Bonkers Amsterdam
Executive Producer
Paul Weston
Executive Producer
Saskia Kok
1st AD
Tõnis Pill

Camera

Director of Photography
Paul Özgür
Focus Puller
Kalvis Kulackovskis
2nd AC
Laur-Erik Ruus

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Hendrik Saks

Art

Art Director
Kaia Tungal

Grading

Colourist
Laurens Orij

Commission

Commissioner
Sam Seager
Label
Parlophone

Misc

Service Producer
Eskro Rips
Head of Music Video
Richard Grewe
Service Producer
Deniss Bardašov
Service Company
NAFTA

Other credits

Cast

Denis Bolunov (Boy), Douglas Russell (Father)

Sound

Evelien Van Der Molen

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