ADDICTED TO SOLITUDE

Jon Bang Carlsen
Denmark 1999 | 35 Min. | 35 mm, engl. OF
Q&A with:
Jon Bang Carlsen

»I trav­elled to South Africa to find a white family on a des­o­late farm and film how they faced the new days of equal­i­ty after Apartheid, but I soon lost my way both on the end­less roads and in my mind. Instead the film became a story about two dif­fer­ent white women who both expe­ri­enced a tragic loss in the midst of a white com­mu­ni­ty who wasn’t too fond of the future. Both women gained strength from over­com­ing the loss to face tomor­row though from dif­fer­ent angles. Their per­son­al sto­ries remind­ed me of a pos­si­ble des­tiny for the white tribe. By loos­ing their priv­i­leges, they had to allow every­body into their world and could final­ly relieve them­selves of a lone­li­ness which has haunt­ed them since the first bush­man was killed by a Euro­pean bullet. »If you have no love you’re going to be cruel« a woman says in the film. That goes for cul­tures as well…