A mystical journey of a man wrecked by grief
Benny Vandendriessche worked for years on this feature film together with performer Dirk Hendrikx.
A Belgian couple waits in an empty hotel in the Carpathian Mountains. She suffers from a lingering illness. He helps her find her peace. Left alone, he escapes reality and starts to wander. DRIFT explores his quest for salvation on a mythical journey through a barren Romanian wasteland.
Fighting his memories, the drifting man chooses not to speak and to loose himself in an animal-like and primitive existence. His simple but painful rituals echo an ancient culture long forgotten. As the past reveals itself, insanity sets in. Slowly, he disappears as well.
The Sea: A scene from Drift
Winner of the Fipresci Award at Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2013
Nominated for the Flash Forward competition at Busan International Film Festival 2013
Selected for screening at the international filmfestivals of Gent (BE), San Francisco (US), Prague (CZ), Vilnius (LT), Tofifest (PL), Leeuwarden (NL)
supported by: VAF Flanders Audiovisual Fund, NFF Dutch Film Fund, Taxshelter of the Belgian government
The Room: A scene from Drift