Transit Levantkade / The Ants

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Two films by Rosemarie Blank.

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Stylised documentary portrait of the Amsterdam Levantkade a quay in Amsterdam's old doc area, and the 'urban nomands' who in the late eighties sought refuge in this no-man's-land now cleared. In the twenties Levantkade was a gateway for Eastern European emigrants on their way to South America. In the eighties Levantkade became a haven for drop-outs, for foreigners and the homeless people who lived here on a different planet until the police came to clear the area with wreckers. The film shows these 'urban indians' in documentary form, interspersed with archive material about immigrants dating from 1926.

The film traces the feelings of a woman living in a farm house in Italy. The woman tries to establish her daily rhythm. We see magnified pictures of her surroundings, particularly of insects. In one of her childhood memories-an Alsatian dog licks a girl’s heel between her legs. In a dream she stands naked in a pit that could be a grave. Some of the shots convey a sense of menace and introspection. Thanks to the measured performance by Marion van Wijk, superb lighting, black & white photography and well balanced editing, the Ants is a highly compelling and evocative film. (Alex de Ronde)

1: 75min

Dutch / German / English / Italian

subtitles: English / Dutch / German

2: 30min

no dialogue

Author(s) Rosemarie Blank
Artist(s) Rosemarie Blank
Format 2 DVD5 NTSC 4:3
Original format 16mm
Year 1987, 1991
Language(s) Dutch, German, English, Italian
Subtitles English, Dutch, German
Runtime 75' min + 30 min
Publisher Filmmuseum

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