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Janet van den Brand – Ceres #Berlinale2018

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“I’ve never really found slaughtering animals distressing. It was just normal” – Ceres, a documentary feature debut about life, children, farms and cycles.

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PODCAST| Mario Galasso interviews Janet van den Brand, director of the film Ceres.

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Born in Oostvoorne, the Netherlands in 1989, Janet van den Brand studied film directing at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design and the Royal Academy of Fine Art (KASK) in Ghent. Her short films have been invited to several festivals, for example her graduation film, Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis, screened in the 2013 Generation section of the Berlinale. Ceres is her debut documentary feature. Fred Radio met Janet during the Berlinale to discuss her first feature documentary, Ceres.

Ceres:  Piglets are born, and calves, lambs and chicks too. Crops are sown, planted and harvested. Animals are slaughtered. The camera stays close to the action, following Koen, Daan, Sven and Jeanine through their everyday lives. All four kids are growing up on farms that have been passed down from generation to generation. From a young age they pitch in, learning to bear responsibility and say goodbye. Will they take over their parents’ farms one day? In her feature-film debut, Janet van den Brand shows us young people, their intimate bond with nature, their perceptions and wishes. She accompanies her protagonists through all four seasons, drawing a realistic portrait of the agricultural life devoid of false romanticism and yet deeply poetic.

  • Reporter
    Mario Galasso
  • Guest
    Janet van den Brand
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Ceres
  • Festival section
    Generation Kplus
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