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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Camino, a Feature-length Selfie (2019 Feature Film)

Martin de Vries | The Netherlands | 2019 | doc | color | DCP | 85' | Dutch | e.s.

Aching feet and moments of despair – but also minor miracles and growing strength. Doggedly stepping along the pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, Martin de Vries films himself with his iPhone, in the hope of putting his life back on a firm footing. A self-portrait in two million steps.

"Everything in me said I had to do it." Martin de Vries decides, without any preparation worth mentioning, to walk the Camino, the famous pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela. From Le Puy-en-Velay in central France to north-west Spain; a journey of 1,600 kilometers, taking almost 70 days. He films himself while walking – his feet, his shadow, the path, the fields, and woods – and tries to get to the bottom of why he set out on this adventure.

Only occasionally do we see other walkers and the places where he spends the night. As he turns the camera on himself while walking, De Vries soberly wonders aloud about the trials and euphoric moments; about the beautiful morning light and the sound of the birds; about doubts and growing unease. He learns to be 'in the moment' and as he walks examines his motivations and inner demons with ever greater candor. An unpolished travelogue in the addictive rhythm of the trip that makes the experience palpable. A self-portrait in two million steps.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 21:30

Duration: 1:08

Year in Festival
Martin de Vries
Martin de Vries
The Netherlands
Ulrike Mischke
Hans Visser
Janneke Doolaard
Production Company
DOXY Films
DOXY Films
Sound Design
Jaim Sahuleka
Year of Production
Martin de Vries


Martin de VRIES (1956, Netherlands) is director, editor, program maker, producer and entrepreneur. He studied Product Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. From 1985, he was the regular editor of the famous Dutch TV show Van Kooten en De Bie. From 1998 to 2014, among other projects, he edited and designed over 700 episodes of the VPRO series Dode Dichters Almanak. In 2006, De Vries launched NostalgieNet, a digital TV channel targeting a 50-plus audience. Together with film journalist and director Cees van Ede, he has made film portraits of famous Dutch actors and directors. Camino, een feature-length selfie (2019) is his directing debut.


Camino, een feature-length selfie/Camino, a Feature-length Selfie (2019, doc)