NORTH SEA TEXAS – bavo defurne

feature film

bavo defurne

indeed films – fobic films

AWARDS:
selection at CAMERIMAGE 2011 poland for best cinematography in the debut films section
Silver Zenith award and Fipresci Award at the 2011 Montreal film festival
Alice in the city award at the 2011 Rome film festival
HBO award at 2012 Miami festival
director award at Cape town festival
selection at palm springs festival

VARIETY REVIEW :

the pic benefits from an artful combination of naturalistic performances and attractively stylized visuals, aided by judicious use of an evocative score. The isolated seaside location (unspecified in the film but shot in Ostende) practically becomes a character itself, with gorgeous shots of crashing waves, blowing reeds and empty sand dunes employed lyrically throughout. Executed in widescreen with a Red One camera, Anton Mertens’ crisp lensing leads a colorful craft package.

THE NEW YORK TIMES:

And with its indeterminate period setting and tarnished-sunlight glow (courtesy of the gifted cinematographer Anton Mertens), the film has a delicate, dreamlike quality that’s quite affecting.

US FILMJOURNAL:

Defurne is immeasurably aided by cinematographer Anton Mertens, whose work will rank as some of the year’s most striking. The simple tale is wrapped in gorgeous but never too self-conscious imagery

SLANT MAGAZINE US:

Anton Mertens’s camera work enhances these aesthetic choices; his carefully lit compositions make the physical components of the story’s sleepy town seem both fantastical and familiar, as if from a dream. The lush visuals bring the film to life and the sense of insularity created by the mise-en-scène provides an effective mirror of the film’s highly reserved main character

THE VIEWEDINBURGH REVIEW:

The film is beautifully shot courtesy of cinematographer Anton Mertens, who bathes everything in a nostalgia-tinged, almost dream-like yellow light. Defume and Mertens also evoke a strong sense of time and place, particularly in their use of the various town and beach locations

UK EMPIRE MAGAZINE:

But all the performances are as affecting as Anton Mertens’ evocative seascapes.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE:

It’s a story that’s been told countless times, but first-time director Bavo Defurne has such an as- sured hand and visual flair (much credit also belongs to cinematographer Anton Mertens) that everything seems fresh and new.

THE WINDY CITY TIMES:

The elegant camerawork is by Anton Mertens, who captures the gorgeous, sun-drenched but lone- ly, windswept coastal terrain that contrasts with the cramped, rather plain interiors the characters inhabit.