March 18 – 29
At Tower City
Only CIFF members can login. Join now for enhanced web features, discounts and dibs on tickets, advanced mailings and more!join
Events + Updates
March 20, 2014 | posted in Filmmakers
Bart Van den Bempt’s tumultuous flight home to Belgium from Kyrgyzstan ignited his initial storyboard of what would become his first feature-length film, “82 Days in April.”
“People were really in panic, and to ease my mind,” he says. “I started to think about my parents and how I hoped they would cope with my death if it would eventually all go wrong. I could imagine them traveling to gorgeous Kyrgyzstan to reconstruct the final happy weeks of my life.”
In prior years, travel by boat made a lasting impression on Bart before he embarked on his career in film.
“My father worked for a shipping company in Antwerp, and I had worked there on summer holiday since I was 16 years old,” Van den Bempt recalls. “When I graduated film school at 26, I had the opportunity to take a boat from Belgium via Israel to Singapore. After many months in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia, I was in North Burma and running out of money.”
To prolong his homecoming, he boarded another ship in Singapore to continue his travels to Australia, New Zealand, Panama, USA, Canada, and the UK. “It was a formative experience, and many things I did afterwards were somehow related to this experience. My love for slow-travel over land is one of them.”
To tell the story of Herman and Marie, a couple retracing the steps of their son’s last cross-country journey before an accident took his life, Turkey served as the ideal backdrop for Van den Bempt as he had visited many times throughout his travels.
“I wanted to use the landscape as a metaphor for the relationship between my two main characters,” he says. “We shot the winter part near the Iranian border and the spring part near the Syrian Desert. The loneliness of these desolate places reflects the state of mind of the two parents. They are lost in a sometimes beautiful, sometimes drab world, but it is their deceased son who sort of leads their path.”
Beyond the visual setting, Van den Bempt encourages audiences to listen carefully to the music score of the film, composed by Norwegian jazz trumpet player Arve Henriksen.
“I discovered his work by coincidence during the writing of the script, and I used it as a background while working. Eventually, I found it seemed to match the text perfectly. We contacted Arve, and he almost immediately agreed to work with us. The fact that he was involved from such an early stage benefited the result. For me, the music of Arve is like the soul of 82 Days in April.”
Whether by plane, boat, or theater cushion, Van den Bempt’s request is a simple one. “I just invite the viewer to be taken on a trip. I hope they come on board and experience something in those 90 minutes of their lives that they give to me.”
— Amy Kersey
Download Related PDF [1,019.8 KB]
Check out the latest festival highlights and goings on in the print edition of The Daily.
We're thrilled to report #CIFF39 alumni and winner of the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award For Best Film, BECOMING BULLETPROOF (Zeno Documentary) will screen Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the The Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque! Full info: http://www.cia.edu/cinematheque/film-schedule/2015/05
8 days ago . Link
Between Two Films.
CIFF 38 Daily Buzz Day 13 Wrap Up
Meet the Filmmaker with Michele Josue, Judy & Dennis Shepard from "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine"
CIFF40 :: Save the Dates
CIFF40 will take place March 30 - April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas and neighborhood screening locations!
Become A CIFF Member
We have five different levels of membership to choose from, so find the one that best fits your film appetite!