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To Unveil a Star

To Unveil a Star

Juul Hondius

Netherlands | 2020 | 1 h
French, English, Dutch |
Subtitles: English
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Award for Best Essay, FIFA 2022

As preparations are being made to move the emblematic star that adorns the exterior of the NATO building to the institution’s new quarters, the Dutch director Juul Hondius explores the elusive relationship among the sculpture, what it symbolizes, and the organization that it represents. Around an imagined dialogue between the narrator and the sculpture, between the sculptor and his creation, and between the sculpture and shifting geopolitical landscapes, this film essay paints a portrait of an artist in a historical and ideological perspective.
Other festivals:
Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgaria (2022)
The Netherlands Film Festival, Netherlands (2021)
Director Juul Hondius
Production Wilant Boekelman, René Huybrechtse, Rogier Kramer
Line Producer Constant van Panhuys
Cast Rudi Delhem, Ann Demeester, Olivier Goessens, Johnny Melville, Bram van Aalst
Sound Design Merlijn Snitker
Cinematography Thomas Roebers, Remko Schnorr

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Juul Hondius

Juul Hondius

My work centers on the status and impact of media images and the ways in which they enter and determine our individual and collective memory. How images can construct an image or how they sustain or shape our narratives and world-views, especially documentary images with a claim to truth. I hope my work makes people wonder about what they see, how they see it, and how we are usually conditioned. Most of the time my works are fiction based on facts, but facts made up of complex relations. By doing so, I try to interpret the different visual strategies from which the visual language originated. In more recent work, I try to frame the subject in a more subjective way, by playing with its history and presenting its mediatized status quo.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
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