BAVO DEFURNE - SHORT FILMS
Bavo Defurne’s rich and beautiful short films have achieved the unique distinction of being released as a compilation collection on DVD by commercial distributors in several countries including the UK, USA and Germany. Defurne’s highly cinematic examinations of gay love and loss mark the emergence of one of Europe’s most exciting young filmmakers.
One of the many pleasure in Defurne’s work is the playful and unforced way in which he references the work of other artists – from Dreyer and Eisenstein to photographers Herbert List and Pierre et Gilles. Defurne and his regular team have created an allegorical and headily romantic gay aesthetic that draws on a wide range of influences but is uniquely their own. Defurne’s choice of using largely unprofessional actors brings a charming innocence to the performances that complements the magical, overwrought worlds that they inhabit.
CAMPFIRE (Kampvuur)Belgium / 2000 / 21 mins / col / Dutch language
A lovesick boy scout is forced to choose between his girlfriend and his best friend as their camping trip turns into a tension filled journey of self discovery.
Belgium / 1998 / 17 mins / col / no dialogue
A teenage boy falls in love with a sailor and imagines his adventures across a mythical star-lit sea, whilst awaiting his return.
Belgium / 1996 / 10 mins / b&w / no dialogue
The violent death of a scantily clad Saint Sebastian is rendered as a simultaneously seductive and horrific event.
PARTICULARLY NOW, IN SPRING
Belgium / 1995 / 8 mins / b&w / English dialogue
Athletes competing at a school sports day are framed like characters from Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia, and we suspect that what bonds them so closely may be unspoken or even unconscious desire.