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Portfolio - Amsterdam via Amsterdam (work in progress)


“ I love cities. But sometimes, you have to leave them and contemplate them from

a distance to discover what you love  about them ”


Wim Wenders



Rob ROMBOUT and Rogier VAN ECK decided to return to their roots, Amsterdam, via two homonymous islands near the northern and southern extremities of the world.


Four centuries later, they followed the tracks of two famous 16th-century Dutch navigators, Willem BARENTSZ and Cornelis VAN HOUTMAN, who left from Amsterdam to open the way to these islands.

The two filmmakers' cinematographic expedition is of a totally different nature, but their uncertainties measure up with the temerity of those adventurers from a remote era. What emerges from this road-movie marked by series of encounters is a portrait of Amsterdam in the form of a triptych.


From the city to the islands, the film sketches a new geography of Amsterdam that binds the space of the voyage to the reality of the three places. This 40' version is the first part of a 90' feathure-length documentary project. Produced by its co-authors, it narrates their odyssey from Amsterdam to the northern island in the Spitsbergen, and from the island back to Amsterdam, through a visual process of relentless comings and goings :


Amsterdam via Amsterdam…

Director & script :  Rob Rombout, Rogier van Eck 


DOP  Louis-Philippe Capelle ,  Willy Stassen


Editing : Adriana Moreira  de Oliveira      


Soundmixing: Paul heymans   


Producers : Rombout & van Eck.



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