a film by JANET VAN DEN BRAND
produced by DIPLODOKUS co-produced by TANGERINE TREE - BELGA PRODUCTIONS, EVANGELISCHE OMROEP supported by VAF FILMFONDS - FLANDERS IMAGE - TAX SHELTER MAATREGEL VAN DE BELGISCHE FEDERALE OVERHEID distributed by DALTON DISTRIBUTION (be) - PERISCOOP (nl)
featuring KOEN BROUWER,DAAN RENTMEESTER, SVEN BOONMAN, JEANINE DE BREE director of photography TIMOTHY JOSHA WENNEKES sound TIM TAEYMANS editing SAM SERMON sound editing TIM TAEYMANS foley artist ELIAS VERVECKEN sound design MICHEL COQUETTE composer HARROLD ROELAND grader VEERLE ZEELMAEKERS
SELECTED AT International film festival Berlin, Docville, Visions du Réel, Hot Docs, Isreal Festival di Cinema del Reale, Ficmec (Special mention of the jury), Briff (Special mention of the jury), MakeDox, Camden International film festival, La-Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, Kino dzieci, Jean Rouch international Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Film by the sea (PZC Film Award 2018), Cinekid Festival, Filmfestival Oostende, Filemon, Guangzhou International documentary festival, Budapest International Documentary Festival, Global Cinema Film Festival, Euregion Film Festival, Docfest
SYNOPSIS - CERES is a poetic yet tangible documentary film that follows four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. Each child lives on a remote farm in the southwest of The Netherlands and is learning the profession of their ancestors from a young age. They each dream that one day they will take over the farms of their father or grandfather.
Although this dream is never doubted, as they reach the early years of puberty the outside world begins to intrude on their universe. As the seasons go by, crops are sown and harvested, and animals are born and slaughtered. The children are confronted with the volatility of nature, the threat of extreme weather conditions and the cycle of life and death.
CERES is not only a narrative about life on a farm, it is also a story about dreams and isolation, and most importantly, about growing up. An intimate portrait of four children, the documentary explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society. This is a universal story that will reach a place in the heart of everyone.