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CLUB MAMA GEMÜTLICH
2009

poster

FILM

Director:
Christiaan Bastiaans

Language:
Dutch

Running Time: 28'

Main Cast :
Jeanne Moreau - La Vivre
Rutger Hauer - Voice-over

Plot:
'Club Mama Gemütlich' is part field hospital, part mission post and part nightclub podium.

La Vivre ensures that it is a place of hope, consolation and warmth, and uses hand signals to convey her thoughts and emotions.

Notes:
The film is part of a retrospective/exhibition of the Dutch artist Christiaan Bastiaans (Amsterdam, 1951), that ran until February 2010 in Otterlo (the Netherlands), at the Kröller-Müller Museum.

Rutger performs a voice-over reading of Bastiaans’s cryptic script.

The exhibition's structure was based on the architectural layout of the classical Japanese Noh theatre, in which the relationship between the world of the dead and the world of the living was embodied symbolically. Visitors were guided past thirteen sections to the main stage, where the film 'Club Mama Gemütlich' was showing.

The 'human condition' is the consistent theme in the work of Bastiaans. His subjects are derived from the political and social reality. He seeks out situations in which people find themselves in an unfamiliar environment, through circumstances beyond their personal control, and are forced to survive somehow. He travels to conflict areas and war zones, refugee camps, former leper colonies; regions where terror reigns. There he meets child soldiers, refugees, psychiatric patients, victims of the human organ trade, the elderly, transsexuals. The stories these people tell him form the basis of his art.


Jeanne Moreau on set and Rutger and Jeanne during premiere

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