Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Above Us All

Year: 2014
Run Time: 99 minutes

Above Us All
Above Us All
Above Us All
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In her melancholy film ABOVE US ALL, Eugenie Jansen depicts how, with no respect to the magnitude of one’s grief, the world keeps turning. According to 11-year-old protagonist Shay, she and her family are “ordinary people living an ordinary life” in rural Australia. Her Flemish father Koen is funny. Her Aboriginal mother is tidy. Her little brother Kelab aspires to be a professional wrestler. And Shay is a self-professed spoiled kid who enjoys off-roading. Yet, their seemingly ordinary existence is disrupted when Shay’s mother becomes ill and soon after passes away. Within months, Koen moves Shay and Kelab closer to his extended family in Ypres, Belgium, an area still geographically scarred by a devastating WWI battle. But Shay has no interest in moving on, despite Koen’s desperate efforts to attend to her needs. Composed almost entirely of 360° panoramic shots, Jansen’s film beautifully interweaves the diverse religious, philosophical, scientific, and historical ways that “ordinary people” of all ages cope with loss. (In English and Flemish with subtitles) – E.B.

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Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:15 AM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:55 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 9:20 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11:00 PM

World Tour

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Eugenie Jansen

Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, Eugenie Jansen graduated from the Netherlands Filmacademy in 1991. Her first feature-length film "Sleeping Rough" won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2002. She has directed both documentaries and narrative feature films.

"Sleeping Rough" (2002), "Foreland" (2005), "Calimucho" (2008), ABOVE US ALL (2014)

Rene Goossens, Annemiek van Gorp

Kim Niekerk, Patrick Minks

Adri Schrover

Nico Leunen

Principal Cast
Shayleah Sands, Kaleb Sands, Maarten Baes, Pearl Davern, Greg Griffiths

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