Ten films by Dutch artist and filmmaker Henri Plaat have recently been digitally restored by the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. The two curated programs presented below offer a cross-section of his cinematographic oeuvre and contain visual experiments and absurdist short fiction films, as well as examples of his lyrical travel films. His work stands out in terms of photo graphic composition, use of light and colour, as well as experiments with stillness, movement and the use of music. Scenic landscapes, the beauty of decay and places lost in time are recurring themes in his work.
The films of Henri Plaat show us a world that is miraculous and full of beauty, but also a world replete with history, traces of the past and memories of war and destruction. He draws from a multitude of sources: desolate landscapes and dilapidated old cities, archaeology, ancient writings, but also pre-war films, film divas and sound recordings.