JAAP VAN HOEWIJK
GIANT OF ROTTERDAM
A Belgian, a Dutchman and a German in a train to Rotterdam. The Belgian tells the German that they have built a castle within two years time.
The German replies that that’s nothing compared to the complete factory and production they have built in one years time.
Having said this, they enter Rotterdam and notice the Euromast. They ask the Dutchman what that building is. To which the Dutchman says: “I do not know, it wasn’t there this morning …..”
Giant of Rotterdam is a humoristic and caleidoscopic film on the Euromast Tower.
Through portraits of former construction workers, artists, a designer, the board of directors, the film paints a impressionistic picture of Rotterdam's former pride in steel and concrete.
But the film also deals with one of Rotterdam's greatest taboos. Each year a number of people jump towards their death. Anneke, a gifted artist, reflects in her art and writing the pain of losing her son Thomas.
2011 / 54 minutes / HD Cam
photography Stef Tijdink n.s.c.
sound Diego van Uden
Sander den Broeder
editor Matte Mourik
producer Joop de Jong
RTV Rijnmond / Mediafonds / Diafragma Films