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|Directed by||Dennis Alink|
|Produced by||Joop van Wijk & Dennis Alink|
|Music by||Niek Lucassen|
|Cinematography||Thomas van der Gronde|
|Edited by||Tom van Klingeren|
|27 November 2014 (IDFA)|
The film tells the story of filmmaker George Sluizer (Spoorloos, The Vanishing) from the moment he decides to finally finish his unfinished film Dark Blood. Being of old age, however, Sluizer is expected by doctors to die at any given moment due to him suffering from a ruptured artery. While Sluizer struggles with his health and his movie, he takes a look back in time at his turbulent life in the film industry.
Dennis Alink started following George Sluizer in 2012, after Sluizer announced he was going to finish the unfinished film "Dark Blood", the last film starring deceased actor River Phoenix. Sluizer was suffering from a ruptured artery, however, causing uncertainty whether he would live to see the completion of both his own film as well as the documentary. Exactly a week before Sluizer's death on 20 September 2014, he and Alink worked together on the final version of the documentary, after which he indicated to be very happy with the result. Two months later the film premiered at the EYE during the IDFA.
Because of Sluizer's health status the shooting of the film was different from normal documentaries. Because the doctors said that Sluizer could decease every moment there was no time to raise funds or to plan a long term shooting-schedule. This way every new day of shooting was done with each chapter, scene and storyline having to be wrapped up on the day self. Every time the filmmakers and Sluizer parted they agreed it could have been the final day of shooting. Often Sluizer would move around with planned shooting days, for example making the crew fly over to Nice a month before they initially planned it because he feared his body wouldn't make the planned days of shooting. The director also often got mails from Sluizer in which he demanded to see new versions of the film before a certain deadline because he believed he could be dead afterwards. This situation made the production of the documentary a situation hectic and odd showing parallels with the way Sluizer described the making of his own films, for example the extraordinary productions of The Vanishing, João and the Knife and Fitzcarraldo.
Seen in the film
- Sluizer Speaks on IMDb
- Official Trailer
- Sluizer Speaks on IDFA
- Sluizer Speaks on the Netherlands Film Festival
- Geoffrey MacNab: Alink to Sluizer
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