The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Who Lived for Twenty and Eight Years All Alone on an Inhabited Island and Said It Was His

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Het leven en de vreemde verrassende avonturen van Robinson Crusoe die acht en twintig jaar helemaal alleen op een bewoond eiland leefde en zei dat het van hem was

International Forum

COUNTRY: Belgium YEAR: 2023 RUNTIME: 75 min

DIRECTED BY: Benjamin Deboosere

LANGUAGE(S): Dutch, English, Sign Language

SUBTITLES: English

CAST: Oriana Ikomo, Bernice Leming, Blanche Pembe

SCRIPT: Benjamin Deboosere

PRODUCED BY: Sarah Deboosere, Hans Bruch Jr., Benjamin Deboosere

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Hans Bruch Jr.

EDITED BY: Benjamin Deboosere

SCORE: Gizem Karaosmanoğlu, Oriana Ikomo

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS

This film is not just an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. Rather, it addresses the larger cultural myth that has grown from the premise of the book: a white man ‘civilising’ indigenous inhabitants of an island, and claiming the territory as his own property. In a time today when the call to decolonise the artworld and its associated institutions has never been more urgent, Deboosere’s cinematic intervention resonates with a large body of work seeking to destabilise and replace the ideology of imperialism. The result is a singular, subversive film, satirical and surprisingly charming at the same time, which makes sure to pay just as much attention to animals and the natural world as to the follies of humanconstructed ‘anthropocene’ history. The film’s best political weapon is irreverent laughter: the narrative swerves wherever it wishes, the music score serves up mock-military blasts or an a cappella choir, conversing goats offer a moment of reflection, and our connotations of cannibals change forever.
Ultimately, nothing is spared here: religion, authority, law and order. Marrying captivating 16mm footage with an incisively satirical and dedicated vision, Het leven en de vreemde verrassende avonturen van Robinson Crusoe die acht en twintig jaar helemaal alleen op een bewoond eiland leefde en zei dat het van hem was skewers its target. (by Adrian Martin for IFFR)

Benjamin Deboosere

Benjamin Deboosere, born in Brussels in 1984, makes socio-political work with a playful approach. Their films have been shown at various international film festivals as Tallinn Black Nights (BNFF), Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Africadoc Bénin, Festival du Film Documentaire de Saint-Louis, Message to man, Brussels Art Film Festival, and Achtung Berlin. Their first fiction short OF NOT SUCH GREAT IMPORTANCE won several prices. THE LIFE AND STRANGE SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE WHO LIVED FOR TWENTY AND EIGHT YEARS ALL ALONE ON AN INHABITED ISLAND AND SAID IT WAS HIS is their debut feature.

Blue Birth (2015), Of Not Such Great Importance (2019), Das muss man erst mal aussprechen können (2021), The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Who Lived for Twenty and Eight Years All Alone on an Inhabited Island and Said It Was His (2023)

PRODUCTION: Hilife Cinematography (info@hilife.be), Untitled Production

WORLD SALES: Film Republic (info@filmrepublic.biz)