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

Violet

Year: 2014
Country: BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 82 minutes

Violet
Violet
Violet

During a routine trip to the mall, 15-year-old Jesse’s best friend is violently attacked at random. The attackers do not confront or acknowledge Jesse, and Jesse does not engage or pursue the attackers… he simply backs away. Why did this happen? Could Jesse have done more? Did he have an obligation? These are the questions posed by VIOLET, a carefully calibrated character study of the process of coping in the midst of senseless trauma. Jesse’s parents and friends all seem to have their own (often destructive) reactions to the incident, but it’s the parents of the victim to whom he develops a strange connection. Shot partially on 8-perf 65mm film, Bas Devos’ meticulously calculated debut is constructed like a series of lush photographs. In each of the film’s compositions we see a sophisticated mosaic of loss, the permanence of trauma, and the tumult of youth. Culminating in a staggering eight-minute final shot, VIOLET isn’t a film to watch; it’s a film to swim through. (In Flemish with subtitles) – C.P.

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Director
Bas Devos

Bas Devos, born in 1983 in Zoersel, Belgium, holds a degree in Filmmaking from Sint-Lukas in Brussels. He has worked extensively in theater and has helmed a number of short films.

Filmography
VIOLET (2014)

Producer
Tomas Leyers

Screenwriting
Bas Devos

Cinematography
Nicolas Karakatsanis

Editing
Dieter Diependaele

Principal Cast
C├ęsar De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer, Brent Minne

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