Alongside PASSION I put my FACE VALUE. You can see the film as a compilation of very different positions and places that people occupy, in a field of relations. And that field of relations you might call Europe, an incomplete Europe, that perhaps only exists in the imagination, between London, Marseille, Prague, Germany and the Netherlands. FACE VALUE revolves around the face and seeing: the desire to be seen, the fear of being seen, the impossibility of seeing oneself, the fear and the desire to see others. And within the theme of seeing: the confusing battle for identity, the vicious battle for territory, the great flows of love, death and birth. Undoubtedly, FACE VALUE is also a film about photography. I have made portraits not only of faces, but of places and words as well. Image portraits, mingling with the sound portraits that Noshka made of voices and languages.
Johan van der Keuken