Les voix, les cris des prisonniers échappent à la litanie des jours...
Right-wing populism is spreading throughout Western Europe like wildfire. It is most popular in quiet, white neighbourhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles. In this unscripted documentary, Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
Rather than a short documentary portrait of Marnix Verleene, a fisherman in Ostend, Oosteroever is a fragmented sea chart of the world according to this one man, Marnix. The film takes place both ashore and at sea, and sketches the Ostend fishing district through a glance at Marnix’ life. The East Shore is the neighbourhood in which fishermen dwell: they weave nets, play cards and kill time. Now, this district is being demolished: high, white residential blocks are rising up instead. Oosteroever reflects this fragmented composition in its form: ashore, Marnix’ life is enacted by him and his fellows; at sea we look more indirectly, through shadows, silhouettes and reflections, at how life goes on.
Assise au bord de la faille béante, elle a attendu longtemps, trop longtemps que la montagne lui rende son amant prisonnier des glaces.