Prince of Muck

  • Cindy Jansen
  • Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • 2021
  • 75 min
  • International Premiere
  • Luminous

The hilly island of Muck, just off the west coast of Scotland, has been owned by the MacEwen family for more than a century. After decades of devoting himself to caring for the island, Lawrence MacEwen has now passed it on to his son. Lawrence still takes a cold bath every day, and writes in his diary—though the pages are not as full as they once were.

Days in the life of this formal but cheerful man unfold to the rhythm of the island in Dutch filmmaker Cindy Jansen’s calm, observational shots. Lawrence hugs the cows, drives cattle with his grandchildren, and reads out extracts from his diaries that span decades, applying the same methodical approach to his notations of wind directions and deaths.

The younger generation is taking its own path, and Lawrence must accept that he is reaching the end of his own. In the growing awareness that the future belongs to others, he casts his gaze back in time, reciting the poetry and tide tables that he learned by heart as a child.

Credits

  • 75 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Cindy Jansen
Production
René Goossens for De Productie, Annemiek van Gorp for De Productie, Grant Keir for Faction North
Executive producer
Mark Thomas
Cinematography
Julian Schwanitz
Editing
David Arthur, Katharina Wartena

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