Ordinary Things

Kortfilm van Rachel Gruijters

Oud Hollywood, zwart-wit en soft focus; we zijn op een filmset waar we Joan Crawford, Bette Davis en Marlene Dietrich huishoudelijke taken zien verrichten. Het is haast alsof ze zichzelf spelen, in de film over hun leven. Bette stoft en doet de afwas, Joan schrobt de keukenvloer en Marlene staat in haar geliefde keuken wentelteefjes te maken. Terwijl ze hier mee bezig zijn horen we hun stemmen herinneringen aan hun huis ophalen. Maar het zijn niet Crawford, Davis en Dietrich, maar de filmmaakster als hen, die haar huiselijke herinneringen in de monden legt van de drie Hollywood sterren.

We are on a soundstage where we see Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford doing domestic chores, filmed in typical Hollywood manner. It is almost as if they are acting to be themselves, in the movie about their lives. Bette is doing the dishes and cleaning, Joan is scrubbing her kitchen floor and changing her outfit several times, because there ought to be the right outfit for every occasion. Marlene is found in her beloved kitchen, making French toast for loved ones. While they are doing this, we hear their voices reminiscing about memories made at home. Only thing is, it is not Crawford, Davis and Dietrich doing the chores, it is the director of this film as them. The memories shared through the narration are also hers.

22/01/2018: Avant-première KASK-Cinema, Ghent, BE
17/10/2018: Luminocity (festival), Kamloops, CANADA
11/11/2018-07/04/2019: Wunderground festival, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE, Belgian premiere
04/12/2018: ‘Hollywood Cinephilia’, Film Plateau, Ghent, BE
24-27/01/2019: Elles Tournent Festival, Bozar - Vendôme - Brussels, BE

On facebook following link: Fake It Till You Make It

- Cinergie.be: "Dans une démarche artistique et performative dans la lignée d’une Cindy Sherman, Rachel Gruijters brouille les pistes en incarnant elle-même les trois stars."
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Writer & Director
Rachel Gruijters
Lotte Van Craeynest
Rachel Gruijters
Lennert De Taeye
Stijn Van den Bulck
Art direction
Stephanie Desmadryl
Rachel Gruijters
Jasper Flikschuh
Yoerik Roevens - Sonogents
January 2018
Technical details
12' - Color & Black&White - OV ENG - DCP

With the support of
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), KASK School of arts, Herculeslab