Deutsche Version

De grote vakantie

English title: The Long Holiday
German title: Die Großen Ferien
Country: Netherlands
Year: 1999
Synopsis: In October 1998, Johan van der Keuken heard that he only had a few years to live. Prostate cancer cells had taken hold in his body. He has travelled the world for years with his wife Nosh van der Lely. She held the microphone and recorder, he wielded the camera. Together they decided to spend the rest of their precious time looking and listening. At Christmas they set off for Bhutan. Johan van der Keuken regarded the film they were embarking on as a chronicle of his own view of the world, made all the more urgent by his own mortality. The Long Holiday became a kind of ‘road-air movie’. They travelled incessantly and the motion of the film is characterised by their many encounters with very different people from very different societies and cultures. “Living against all odds, with the aid of beautiful stories that tell themselves, as a comfort in the face of nothingness,” as Johan van der Keuken comments in the film. The film is a quest for the face of nothingness, in the hope that there is a point, a grander motive behind it all. People could say that the meaning is to be found in the movement itself and in the eyes that discern it, store it and pass it on to others. There may be enough magic in that to fill a universe, even if it is only ‘minor magic’ as Van der Keuken calls it. Living against all odds did not turn The Long Holiday into a s
Language: Dutch, English, French
Forum participation year: 2000
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Technical Attributes

Format: 35mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 146
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,66
Frames per second: 25
Length in metres: 4017
Weight: 29.2
Number of reels: 7