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CPH:DOX 2021 Dox:Award

EXCLUSIVE: Teaser for CPH:DOX title A Man and a Camera

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- In Guido Hendrikx's new documentary, ordinary people suddenly find themselves face-to-face with a mysterious, silent camera operator

EXCLUSIVE: Teaser for CPH:DOX title A Man and a Camera

An enigmatic entity roams the Dutch hinterlands, silently pointing a camera at all that it encounters. Soon, it finds itself standing in front of a doorway. Met with an uninvited, inscrutable camera operator, how will the region’s inhabitants respond? Amusing and unsettling, mundane and otherworldly, A Man and a Camera [+see also:
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is an endlessly surprising provocation: an upending of documentary power dynamics, an inquiry into human nature, a rendezvous with the real.

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This is the synopsis of Guido Hendrikx's new documentary, set to compete for the Dox:Award at this year's CPH:DOX (21 April-12 May). The Eindhoven-born helmer studied Directing Documentary and Screenwriting at the Netherlands Film Academy. His award-winning shorts Escort (2013) and Among Us (2014) were screened at film festivals throughout the world. His feature debut Stranger in Paradise [+see also:
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(2016) was the opening title of IDFA 2016.

Commenting on his project, Hendrikx said: “One day I started to randomly film people on the street, in silence. I was looking for an adventure. Some years later I revisited the material. The tension and strange drama, the underlying power relation between the one behind and in front of the lens, and the opportunity to explore the medium of film itself made me decide to take the project on in a more serious manner. I believe the vast majority of documentaries are exploiting extraordinary subjects in ordinary forms. With this film, I simultaneously attempted to subvert that contemporary documentary formula.”

A Man and a Camera was produced by Hendrikx himself, Ena Sendijarević and Wouter Jansen for Aventura (the Netherlands) and Jasper Boon for boondocs (the Netherlands). The documentary's world sales have been entrusted to Austria's Square Eyes.

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