Die Labirint

2017, NL/South Africa, HD, col, sound, 8'29"

At the end of October 2015, ​I went to South Africa for the first time to be reunited with my girlfriend (now fiancée). I stayed there for three months. It was a very turbulent time: having to adjust to depending on cars to get around (without having a driver’s license), my girlfriend being rushed to the hospital with blood clots stuck in her lungs (and almost dying), and trying to keep my freelance jobs back at home running while being far away. We found solace and tranquility in the sunsets ​when the heat would die down ​and we'd gather with friends to eat and drink.

Submitted to the async Film Competition using music by Ryuchi Sakamoto.

A wriggling dislocation exercise, dancing with our perception, allowing us to detach and enjoy its tempo and delicate colours. Ruiter finds a grace in the land, in removing it from traditional context, in rendering it lightly unreal and acutely effecting. Ten minutes to watch it, months to enjoy its lingering effects.
—Scout Tafoya (source)