“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Rembrandt, Painter of Man // Rembrandt, schilder van de mens (Orig.)
1957 / Netherlands / 20 min
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In Rembrandt, Haanstra shows that it is possible to make a fascinating film, only with images from paintings. He had to travel though all over Europe to numerous museums and private owners in order to film the works of art. In the work of the great painter, Haanstra recognizes his particular interest in man as an individual human being, cutting straight through all the religious motives. And Haanstra also wants to see Rembrandt as an individual. Although the film was made as part of the Rembrandt-Year 1956 and partly meant to promote The Netherlands internationally, references to the Fatherland are absent. In the most famous fragment of the film, we see through a series of self portraits running into one another how the painter irreversibly ages: a great man too is marked by life. Through this sequence of images, Haanstra achieved a result that reminds us of present day computer animation.