The Pilot's Mask

    • Simonka de Jong
    • Netherlands
    • 2017
    • 95 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
    The camera doesn’t leave the hospital in this film about the long road to recovery for children with serious illnesses. With wisdom beyond their years, the young patients often suffer more from the intensive treatment than they do from the disease itself. Parents distract their children as they disappear into the "tunnel" for yet another scan or get a tube inserted through their nose. The medical staff never loses patience, but the next patient is always waiting. Filmmaker Simonka de Jong has chosen the children's perspective, sometimes by letting them do the filming themselves. Parents and nurses are generally hands and voices in the background. The camerawork is dominated by close-ups, reinforcing our empathy with the children in their loneliness. The emotion remains beneath the surface in this observational documentary, but that's precisely what makes it so moving.

    Credits

    • 95 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Dutch
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Simonka de Jong
    Production
    Paul Beek for De Haaien
    Cinematography
    Wiro Felix , Adri Schrover, Jaap Veldhoen
    Editing
    Albert Markus
    Sound
    Jeroen Goeijers

    IDFA history

    2017
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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