The Halfweg (‘Halfway’) is a hidden side street in Ghent, where Jan de Kegel himself shares a home with his 86-year-old grandmother. This seemingly dead-end street, without a final destination, serves as a guideline and a background for a Lynchian story about silence, confusion and astonishment. In his solitude an old man loses his grip on reality after the decease of his wife. De Kegel seems to be drawing his inspiration from the sensations and emotional traces of dreams, elements that can hardly be described as conventional narrative techniques, targeted rather towards logic than consistency. With an inventive visual idiom and sonory accuracy he creates an ominous world, between waking and dreaming. In this world of insecurity and Unheimlichkeit, with a total lack of orientation and balance, the familiar is gradually draining away.

This work has been digitised in the frame of DCA Project

  • Format miniDV(miniDV)
  • Color system PAL
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  • Year 2002-2004
  • Duration 00:21:15
  • Languageinfo
    Subtitles: French
    Spoken: Dutch/ Flemish
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