Gysbreght van Aemstel
A cut out animationfilm based on a Medieval theatreplay (1637) by the famous Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel and based on the mosaic Gysbreght van Aemstel (1953) by Antoon Molkenboer that is located in the City Theatre Amsterdam.
Set in 1300, it tells the story of the siege of Amsterdam by the Kennemers and Waterlanders.
The reason for the siege is Gysbreghts alleged involvement in the abduction and manslaughter of Floris V in 1296.
The enemy soldiers appear to leave, but smuggle themselves into Amsterdam once more,
hidden in a ship (as in the story of the Trojan Horse).
After a violent battle, Gysbreght van Aemstel is forced to flee his country.
I have used the story of Gysbreght van Aemstel to tell a universal, repetitive story about people who are forced to flee their country because of war and terror.
concept/animation/editing: Jacqueline Kooter
voiceover: Gijs Scholten van Aschat
sounddesign: Audiorally Sounddesign
dramaturgy: Aaron Rookus
commissioned by the City Theatre Amsterdam
supported by The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
première: Amsterdam City Theatre_2017
stop motion animation
Dutch spoken with English subtitles
QuickTime HD / DCP