People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am

People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am

People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am

2010, The Netherlands, 53', Boris Gerrets

2010, The Netherlands, 53', Boris Gerrets

People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am

Synopsis

What would it be like to enter into the life of a complete stranger? That’s the premise of this docu-fiction, which was shot entirely on a cell phone. In order to break through the wall of urban anonymity, the filmmaker talks to various people on the streets of London, out of whom three main characters materialize: a Brazilian beauty named Sandrine, who’s looking for a husband, a drug addict named Steve, and Precious, a singer and poetess. There is no script: what begins as a vague idea gradually metamorphoses into a confusing project, and filmmaker Boris Gerrets begins to have grave doubts about his own role in all of this. When he ends up having an affair with Sandrine, he goes from observer to participant in his own film. The camera would seem to be an aphrodisiac, but the closer he gets to his subject, the more the camera gets in his way. At the same time, things happen that would never have been possible without the camera. Filming creates one moment while simultaneously destroying another. According to Gerrets, that is the paradox that defines cinema’s relationship to reality. Meanwhile, Steve drinks to numb the pain of loneliness. He wants life so badly that he botches it all up.

NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2010 , Prix George Foundation à la meilleure réalisation d'un moyen métrage - Visions Du Reel 2011, Planete Doc Review Competition 2011, Honorable Mention Mid-Length Documentary - Hot Docs 2011, Fipresci International Film Critics Award - Beldocs 2011, Time Out Best City Award - Open City London Documentary Festival 2011, The Prize of French Ambassador His Excellency M Frédérik Billet for the most innovative documentary - Pärnu Film Festival 2011, Best Int’l Feature Dox award - DokuFest Prizren 2011, Netherlands Film Festival 2011, Audience Award - “ÂNÛÛ-RÛ ÂBORO” (A MAN’S SHADOW) Film Festival New Kaledonia 2011, ''Gian Paolo Paoli” award for the best ethno-anthropological film - Festival dei Popoli 2011, Special Mention - E-Dox 2011, International Documentary Festival 2011, Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica 2011, Etats generaux du film documentarie 2011, The Quadrangle Film Festival 2011, ForumImages Groningen 2011, Rialto Amsterdam 2011, "Saratov Sufferings" Docu Drama Film Festival 2011, ICFF "Manaki Brothers", Macedonia 2011, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2011, Filmer à tout prix 2011, Muestra Internacional Documental 2011, Corsica Doc 2011, DocHouse 2011, My Generation Award - ZagrebDox 2012, Film Days Documentary Film Festivals 2012
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