About the Film
SynopsisVanitas is a gripping fiction-film about today’s art-world. With this movie, we would like to address just how important it is to know what is “authentic” and what is “ fake”, what is “real” and what is “unreal”. The story is about a young woman named Sarah, who follows in her father’s footsteps as an art-restorer and is confronted with the forging of masterpieces. She thereby decides to look for the ugly truth inside the world she idealizes.
Movie InfoGenre: Drama/Mystery
Cast: Manon Verbeeck, Laura Verlinden, Dirk Roofthooft, Benjamin Ramon…
Production Year: 2015
Running time: 82 min
Writer/Director: Oscar Spierenburg
Producer: Picoux Productions (BE)
Co-producer: Everstory Productions (BE)
Production design: Willemijn de Krey
Sound Director: Walter Grimm
Music: Tobias & Oscar Spierenburg
Locations: Ghent, Antwerp, Paris, Vienna
Awards and Screenings
Oscar Spierenburg (1981) is a painter, director and cinematographer. As a painter Oscar already established a name in The Netherlands and Belgium for over a decade with a serene palette, sense of form, simplicity and an impressionistic way of working. As a director he seeks the same atmosphere. 'The Spring of César', a well received short film, was his film debute as independent director and cinematographer. The music for this (and other films) were composed by Oscar and his brother Tobias Spierenburg. Oscar is also the founder of the award winning Apertus - open source cinema camera project, an international platform for filmmakers creating open and affordable technology/means for independent filmmakers.
Willemijn de Krey (1982) is a visual artist and production designer at Picoux Productions. "As a visual artist I feel the urge to create. It's because of the beauty of life itself. I want to intensify the feeling of being alive." Willemijn graduated from the art academy in 2011. At her final exhibition she was selected as one of the 10 talented upcoming artists from the graduates from the three ArtEZ art academies to show their work at Oostenwind 11 in the Delta Lloyd building in Amsterdam. "Working on the set during a production is a wonderful experience with all the energy from cast and crew."
Everstory is a Belgian production company and design studio seated at C-mine in Genk which develops films, scripts, books, illustrations, and designs. The founder Michael Van den Eynde is a legal manager and agent with 9 years experience as a lawyer specialising in representing the interests of artists, cultural institutions and production companies in art, opera, film, theatre, music and literature.
Minske van Wijk coördinated the pre-production and early shootings. Van Wijk is filmmaker and film producer. Previous realisations of Minske van Wijk included 'By A Badgered Tie' and the short film 'The Spring of César'. Both films received various nominations on (inter)national film festivals.
The screenplay for the feature film ‘Vanitas’ is written by Oscar Spierenburg in collaboration with author Noëlla Elpers and Flemish poet and modern troubadour Peter Holvoet-Hanssen.
Everstory Distribution (2015) (Belgium) (all media)Everstory is a Belgian production and distribution company and design studio seated at C-mine in Genk. The founder Michael Van den Eynde is a legal manager and agent with 9 years experience as a lawyer specialising in representing the interests of artists, cultural institutions and production companies in art, opera, film, theatre, music and literature.
Intellect Pictures (2015-2019) (World-wide) (all media)Intellect Pictures is film finance company based in Los Angeles and Toronto with the focus of creating meaningful feature length pictures by collaborating filmmakers and production companies. The goal of the company is to provide the feature film industry with thoughtful and unique content through narrative storytelling.
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