HD, Belgium, 11m50s, color & BW, OV English

The reliability of memory is being questioned when, set within the highly constructed world of Old Hollywood, the filmmaker recalls memories of her childhood home.

External links:

blauwhuis.be / voordekunst.nl / the Facebook page

With the support of:

Het Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), KASK / School of Arts, Herculeslab, Arc, Dusangneuf-Osangsett

Somewhere between the 1930s and now, the cameras start turning and Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich gather on one film set. The floor gleams, the spotlights are burning, the narration starts.

Born out of a fascination for the construction that is Hollywood, and by extension ‘the perfect Hollywood home’, the maker embodies three actresses from Hollywood’s golden era and their so-called private lives. Their smallest personality traits are performed so precise and characteristically that it becomes artificial. The home isn’t homely. It plays “house” and the inhabitants are speaking Hollywoodian. In this setting, the maker of the film recalls memories of growing up in her childhood home.

Writer & director: Rachel Gruijters
Producer: Lotte Van Craeynest (Blauwhuis)
Assistant director: Janne van de Weijer
Performance: Rachel Gruijters
DOP: Lennert De Taeye
Assistant camera: Charles Dhont
Art direction: Stephanie Desmadryl
Assistant art department: Pieter-Jan Desmadryl
Wardrobe: Stijn Van den Bulck
Lingerie: Ophelia Debisschop
Editing: Rachel Gruijters & Jasper Flikschuh
Sound editor: Yoerik Roevens (Sonogents)
Foley artist: Elias Vervecken
Catering: Neri De Meester

2018, Jan. 22: Avant-Premiere, KASKcinema (Ghent, BE)
2018: Closed screening for students, part of Artist as a Digital Archivist– project, The Norwegian Students’ Society’s building, Oslo (NO)
2018: Closed screening for students, part of Artist as a Digital Archivist– project, University of Oslo, Oslo (NO)
2018: Gallery Screening – Artist as a Digital Archivist, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops (CA)
2018: Artist as a Digital Archivist, Luminocity, Kamloops (CA)
2018: Wunderground Film Festival, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke (BE)
2018: Hollywood Cinephilia, Film Plateau, Ghent (BE)
2019: Elles Tournent / Dames Draaien festival, Cinéma Vendôme, Brussels (BE)
2019: MICgénero, various locations (MX & AR)
2019: Wonderland, Oosterzele Kunstroute, Oosterzele (BE)
2019: Double bill with Do Not Forget, Kouwenbergs Kerkje, Aarle-Rixtel (NL)
2019: Minikino Film Week 5, Bali (ID)

Over alledaagse dingen, 09-12-2017. Author: Liene Aerts (Dutch)
READER – Ordinary Things – Rachel Gruijters, At the End of the Fishing Line, 23-01-2018. Author: Evelien Claeyé (Dutch)
Over diva’s en theedoeken, 28-06-2018. Author: Heleen Andriessen (Dutch)
Ordinary Things de Rachel Gruijters, Cinergie, 25-01-2019. Author: Fred Arends.