A man and a camera

a film by

The Netherlands / 64' / 04/2021 / documentary

An enigmatic entity roams the Dutch hinterlands, silently pointing a camera at all that it encounters. Soon it finds itself standing in front of a doorway. Met with an uninvited, inscrutable camera operator, how will the region’s inhabitants respond? Amusing and unsettling, mundane and otherworldly, “A man and a camera” is an endlessly surprising provocation: an upending of documentary power dynamics, an inquiry into human nature, a rendezvous with the real.

“Guido Hendrikx boldly spins a clever premise into an intriguing, unsettling reflection on documentary filmmaking, co-operation, complicity, human nature and the power of silence.”
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“Guido Hendrikx boldly spins a clever premise into an intriguing, unsettling reflection on documentary filmmaking, co-operation, complicity, human nature and the power of silence.”
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Guido Hendrikx

Biography

Guido Hendrikx was born in Eindhoven in 1987 and studied Liberal Arts & Sciences (Utrecht University), Directing Documentary & Screenwriting (Netherlands Film Academy), and Practical Ethics (Utrecht University). His award-winning shorts Escort (2013) and Among Us (2014) were featured at film festivals throughout the world. His feature debut Stranger in Paradise (2016) was the opening film of IDFA 2016. It was theatrically released in cinemas in Italy, the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands and nominated for the European Film Awards: best documentary. Guido Hendrikx wrote several screenplays (short, mid-length, feature) in collaboration with other directors (Ena Sendijarevic, a.o.) and worked as a curator for the video department of The Correspondent. “Camerapersona’ is his newest work.

Filmography

  • Camerapersona – 2021 – feature documentary
  • Stranger in Paradise – 2016 – feature documentary
  • Among Us – 2014 – short documentary
  • Escort – 2013 – short documentary
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Crew

Director: Guido Hendrikx
Screenplay: Guido Hendrikx
Producer: Jasper Boon, Ena Sendijarevic, Wouter Jansen, Guido Hendrikx
Production companies: [boondocs], Aventura
Cinematographer: Guido Hendrikx
Sound Design: Tijn Hazen
Editor: Lot Rossmark, Rens Christiaansen, Guido Hendrikx
Composer: Jeanne Susin

Festivals

  • CPH:DOX, Denmark (21 April – 2 May, 2021)
    Dox:Award
  • Festival Millenium, Belgium (2 – 9 May, 2021)
    International Competition
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2 – 6 June, 2021)
    Harbour
  • Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel (1 – 10 July, 2021)
    Depth of Field Competition Honorable Mention
  • Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia (12 – 18 July, 2021)
    Official Selection Won: Grand Prize Of The Festival For The The Best Artistic Achievement
  • Aricadoc, Chile (27 August – 12 September, 2021)
    Competition
  • Astra Film Festival, Romania (6 – 12 September, 2021)
    New Voices Competition
  • Split Film Festival, Croatia (15 – 19 September, 2021)
    Frame Extended
  • Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (24 September – 2 October, 2021)
    Forum van de Regisseurs & Gouden Kalf Competitie

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: Click here

Press Quotes

“Guido Hendrikx boldly spins a clever premise into an intriguing, unsettling reflection on documentary filmmaking, co-operation, complicity, human nature and the power of silence.”
Review – Allan Hunter – Screen Daily

The result is often incredibly infuriating, with its wayward aesthetic and pacing, but impossible to forget and leaves plenty of space for contemplation long after the end credits have rolled.”
Review – Kaleem Aftab – Cineuropa

“A Man and a Camera’ starts out as a provocative, titillating and transgressive experiment and ends up, in a surprising way, as a humanly clever documentary.”
Review – Rasmus Friis – Soundvenue

“Guido Hendrikx’s work is similar in spirit to master provocateur Kazuo Hara’s cinema of confrontation – a style that places the director’s role as “accomplice and collaborator” front and center.”
Review – Lauren Wissot – Hammer To Nail

Interview: CPH:DOX director Guido Hendrikx – “I was like an extra-terrestrial” – Michael Rosser – Screen Daily

Interview: CPH:DOX Dox:Award interview: A Man and a Camera by Guido Hendrikx – Geoffrey Macnab – Business Doc Europe