THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED - THE MAKING OF

Synopsis

In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm footage, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. De Pue’s transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country. 

The story behind the film The Land of the Enlightened is at least as fascinating as the film itself. The film was filmed in the chaotic, dangerous and unpredictable warzone of Afghanistan. During the seven year period of filming, the director and his crew were confronted with army protocols, Taliban fighters, increasingly exceeding budgets, cultural and linguistic barriers. The Last Omelette proves it takes not only craftsmanship to make a film, but also a great deal of perseverance and flexibility.

Credits

Director and editor: Grégoire Verbeke
Produced by: Bart van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE)
Distributor: Dalton Distribution
With the participation of: deBuren

Release

March 25 (Belgium)

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