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A Summer Day at the Office



Netherlands, 2018, - Color - 26 min.

DIRECTED BY:
Remmelt Lukkien

SCREENPLAY:
Remmelt Lukkien

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Remmelt Lukkien

EDITING:
Remmelt Lukkien

PRODUCTION:
LASSO Film & TV Production

WORLD SALES:
LASSO Film & TV Production

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Logline Daily working routine goes on, so does the chaotic world at large.Synopsis A day in the life of an office worker. From a fixed position with a fixed frame, the daily activities at an office are observed through the open windows on a hot summer day, focusing on one young female office worker, until the windows close at the end of the working day. The purely observational images of this daily routine are contrasted with a soundtrack consisting of fragments that were also recorded in one day from international news broadcasts by CNN, BBC World, Euro News and Al Jazeera.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Remmelt Lukkien (1945) learned the profession of documentary filmmaking as the assistant to senior Dutch filmmaker Louis van Gasteren. In 1979 made first documentary, The Life of a Criminal (45 min.), together with renowned photographer Ad van Denderen. After a period of many years in which he worked as a travel writer, journalist and prose writer, he was drawn back into cinematography by his passion for the moving image in real life. In 1988 started production company LASSO. Worked as an independent director & producer, mainly for Dutch television. Mostly researches and directs his own subjects. Lately began making films without assignments, driven by more personal motives, virtually working as some kind of one-man-band, doing the camerawork and the editing himself. His scope of interest is very international. Subjects of his documentaries vary from the greatest architect of Islamic culture, the cultivation of white truffles in Italy, how the West supported Saddam Hussein in his chemical warfare against Iran, Roma boys rapping in the streets of Budapest, portraits of visual artists, getting acquainted with Roma and Sinti after the fall of the Iron Curtain, George Soros’ Project on Death in America, etc. Altogether made some 30 documentary films (and some video clips) plus many short portraits of city dwellers in The Netherlands, Germany and Italy for the popular Dutch tv-series Urbania. In 2018 completed three documentary projects: Seen by André Thijssen (62 min), a portrait of a Dutch photographer; Views on God (75 min.), a wide variety of Dutch people tell what they think of the notion of God; A Summer Day at the Office (26 min.).

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