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Confine

Confine is a protest film about the cutbacks in the art world. We see and hear a string quartet performing Haydn's quartet of fifths. The first violinist sees a group of politicians enter the concert hall while playing. The politicians start tugging at the musicians' concert clothes, making playing difficult. When the quartet is literally and figuratively dismantled, a painful loud silence stays: will they give up or will they continue playing? This short film is not an unequivocal answer to the eternal underdog position of artists: yes, we do need money as artists, and at the same time: nobody is as united and creative as artists during hard times. Yes, something needs to change and yes, artists do need investors to do their job: to make people feel, educate, entertain and make life lighter and deeper through their art. To confine means 'to restrain someone', but in the music world, when Con fine is written in sheet music it means 'with an end'. See for yourself!

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Credits

This film is sponsored by Pakhuis de Zwijger. 

Produced for VPRO Dorst

Cast
Daniel Frankenberg

Alicia Berendse

Teun Faber

Irene Kok

Crew
Director: Lou Kranen

DOP: Philip Fountain

Sound design: Zbigniew Wolny
Edit: Malou Kranen 

Song credits

Joseph Haydn, Strijkkwartet Op. 76, No. 2 'Quints' (1797)

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