The Englishman Robinson Crusoe finds himself stranded on an island after a shipwreck. We know the continuation to Daniel Defoe’s classic novel (see spoiler in the title), but we’ve never seen it depicted as satirically as in Debooser’s film. Decentralizing human protagonism and dismantling assumptions that comprise the mythical figure of Crusoe, the film boldly and irreverently reimagines one of the main landmarks of modern literature and its colonial paradigm. (C.M.)
Benjamin Deboosere was born in 1984, Brussels. He makes socio-political work with a playful approach. Their films have been shown at various international film festivals. Their first fiction short "Of Not Such Great Importance" won the Kryzstof Szot Award at the Lublin Film Festival 2019 (PL), the Jury and Audience Award at Ongezien Kort 2020 (BE) and Best Short Film Award at Working Title Film Festival 2020 (IT). This is their debut feature.