DOCUMENTARIES

Lucy uses sound and vision to tell the story of the people she has met. The video camera has become a method of communication, a way to explore the culture and life in which she finds herself and her understanding of the world as well as a way of self-exploration.

“My work is usually about artists like myself and the unique worlds which they have created. I produce films that are 15 to 30 min- long which deal with my favorite genre – the Portrait. Compared to the static depiction of my paintings and photographic portraits, video gives me a more complete picture of the subject. Voice, movement and thought patterns bring the portrait of the subject to life. Video introduces a fourth dimension that I find particularly compelling.” – Lucy Besson

“Who am I? What am I ? Why do I do what I do?” These are questions that the Russian born artist asks herself in the autobiographical documentary “Create Your Personal Myth”(2006). It is both a self-portrait and an analysis of her achievements as an artist, as a woman and as an immigrant. In the film she offers her story to her son who was born in Netherlands and doesn’t yet want to know about the country from where his parents came . Her little boy is embarrassed about his background and the language his parents speak at home. His mother finds a way to tell him about her self. She believes that her life story, her “personal myth”, can inspire and change her son.
“Besson transforms her ordinary life into a film narrative. Its tone reminds me in some respects of Jane Campion’s “The Piano”(1993), a spectacular psychological and artistic movie that uses voice over in a similar manner, to reveal the intimacy of our thoughts.” – Claudia Moscovici, postromanticism.com
Klaas Gubbels (Rotterdam, 19 January 1934) is a Dutch artist, currently living in Arnhem . He is best known for his still lifes of tables, chairs and coffee pots. I shot this documentary in 2004. . I went to Klaas Gubbels’ studio in Arnhem with just one question in mind: “Isn’t it boring to create the same images of tea & coffee pots all your life?” And he told me many interesting things about his life and work. It was really fascinating for me to be surrounded by all the different kinds of coffee pots created by Klaas Gubbels.

Duration: 24min
Between the years 1485 and 1510, the transition period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the famous miracle play Mariken of Nimwegen was written. To this day its author has remained unknown. How is it possible that an anonymous Medieval tale about a deal between a young girl and the devil, written long before Goethe’s Faust, still has a presence in our modern world and is inspiring artists today? The documentary Mariken (2009) shows us how contemporary artists work and think. The search for a new visual language leads the artists who illustrate a new edition of the medieval tale of Mariken to surprising discoveries. In this film norms and values are reflected upon and reconsidered.

Duration: 35 min.
Some artists need to travel far away to gain their inspiration. Others are able to admire the little piece of land near their house all their lives and constantly create new images of it. Why does the land of Maas and Waal remain an inexhaustible source of inspiration to the Dutch artist Harrie Gerrits? To get the answer to this question I visited Harrie in his studio in Wijchen in 2008 when he told me his remarkable life story. I was lucky to have taken my video camera with me!

Duration: 26 min
It seems as if he lives a very ordinary life. Like everybody else he sleeps, eats, goes to his work, goes fishing… But nobody really knows about his inner life. Is it as simple as it appears? Why is it that Alexander Bobkin, the Dutch artist with a Siberian background, is seen by many people to be one of the most mystical painters of the present day? I was glad to be allowed to spend one working day with Alexander to come a little bit closer to his “secrets”. There was just one condition: I had to be ” invisible” during the making of the video and also silent. That is why my film has no dialogue.

Duration: 20 min.
Year of production:2006. Nijmegen/NL
This is a video portrait of the Fashion Designer Olievera Micovic who lives and works in Nijmegen/NL.
Duration of the video portrait: 12 min.
This is a fragment from the documentary “Unsilent canvases” (2002) about the Russian/Dutch artist Alexander Bobkin. In this fragment Klaus van de Locht, a well known artist and creator of “Labyrinth” on the Waalkade in Nijmegen/NL, talks about his friendship with Alexander Bobkin. Klaus was already very ill when I went to his studio for the video shoot. In this last interview he shared his thoughts about shamans and about death… 10 months later Klaus van de Locht passed away.

Duration of the documentary: 55min.
This is a fragment from the documentary “The Portrait” (2009). In working on this film I wanted not only to share my experience in the making of portrait commissions with others, but also to understand the phenomena of portraiture itself. Why is this age-old genre so popular in modern times? Why can a painted portrait of yourself hold such a great fascination for you? It was with these questions that I met up again with some of those people whose portraits I have painted. I especially like this film because somehow it perfectly mirrors who I am.

Duration of the film: 28min.
Jan Jansen (Nijmegen,6 May 1941) is one of the best known Dutch shoe designers. It was in the 60’s that Jan began designing shoes for both men and women. He produced designs in limited editions under his own label and also worked for several major shoe manufacturers. I shot this documentary in 2008 a few months before his exhibition in the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen. In making this film I was attempting to explore both the artistic and the human phenomenon which is Jan Jansen. My video camera observed this Master Craftsman and his surroundings during the last week before the opening of his new shoe store in Nijmegen. By showing the work situation in the new store and the opening celebrations I give the
This is a fragment from the short documentary “Henk Hage”. I shot this video in 2005, when Henk was working on a comprehensive range of his self-portraits in oils on panels ( now more than 200 works). In his interview he told me about his fascination with Rembrandt’s self-portraits and also about his own water colours. For this video portrait I used his favourite music by the famous Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina played by the Dutch cellist Hans Woudenberg.

Duration: 17min.
Between the years 1485 and 1510, the transition period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the famous miracle play Mariken of Nimwegen was written. To this day its author has remained unknown. How is it possible that an anonymous Medieval tale about a deal between a young girl and the devil, written long before Goethe’s Faust, still has a presence in our modern world and is inspiring artists today? Maybe Alexander Bobkin, Nijmegen contemporary artists and photographer, can answer this question? He was invited to illustrate a new edition of the tale of Mariken.