Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Dec 2, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:13 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:Director Janet Van Den Brand in person!
Series Info
Series:Vino Vérité
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:73 minutes
Director:Janet Van Den Brand
Year Released:2018
Production Country:Belgium


Presented by Bread Garden Market, Little Village, and FilmScene

Vino Vérité event:
DIALOGUE: Director Janet van den Brand in person from Belgium!
Sunday, December 2, 7pm

The sixth selection of our third season is cinema poetry, a rich visual and sonorous ode to an agrarian lifestyle that is so close to us here in Iowa City, but is becoming increasingly distant - a vision from Belgium that is a beautiful reminder of our own local heritage.

The Vino Vérité series features talented new voices and established filmmakers influenced by the vérité tradition in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films. Each selection is paired with hand-selected wines from Bread Garden Market.

Tickets: $25 public / $20 for members. Includes wine tasting, film, hors d'oeuvres and filmmaker reception.

6:30 Hors d'oeuvres & wine tasting
7:00 Theater open for seating
7:15 Screening 
8:30 Q&A + Reception with filmmaker, wine and dessert


"An immersive cinematic experience. The cinematography is impeccable, and the sound design is up there with the best I have experienced in blockbuster fiction. This is her first film, and I cannot wait to see what she creates next." — Screen Anarchy

"A creative documentary. With agriculture depicted as a divinity, whispering poems about spring, Janet van den Brand drew an exceptionally profound picture of the four young kids' lives." — View of the Arts

"Ceres manages to create an atmosphere that enhances the beauty of nature in all its forms. A very accomplished poetic-realistic blend that highlights a beautiful sense of frame and some wonderful musical atmosphere, thanks to a clearly very talented filmmaker." — Cineuropa

"An experiment, an innovation, an attempt to change the stereotypes and make people think differently. I saw things that I had never seen in my life before." — Modern Times

In Roman mythology, Ceres taught man the art of cultivating the soil. Considered the goddess of agriculture, fertility and crops, the Romans willingly sacrificed pigs to her during annual processions around the fields. It is precisely with a Hymn to Ceres - composed in the 11th century - and the image of a new-born piglet, that Janet van den Brand begins the film in which she is going to roam, with a tactile camera, in the company of her protagonists, the natural cycle of life - and death - in the farms of the southern Netherlands. Koen, Daan, Sven and Jeanine are each destined to take over their respective family holdings one day: only ten years old, they have to involve all of their senses in order to touch, feel, listen to and understand an environment that they will transform in the near future. With a background in fiction, the young Belgian filmmaker composes, in Ceres, a fictional documentary ode to those who still dream, as only children can, of the ancestral art of producing food from the earth. (Visions du Reel)


Born in Oostvoorne, the Netherlands in 1989, Janet van den Brand now lives in Brussels. She studied film directing at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design and the Royal Academy of Fine Art (KASK). Her short films have been invited to several festivals, Rosa, Anna's Lil' Sis, screened in the 2013 Generation section of Berlinale. Ceres is her debut documentary feature.

Berlinale (2018) — Official Selection, Original Documentary Award 
Visions du Reel (2018) — Closing Ceremony Film 
Hot Docs (2018) — Official Selection