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To Stay Alive – a method

a film by  Erik Lieshout  Arno Hagers  Reinier van Brummelen
the film premieres during IDFA 2016 and is in competition for Dutch Documentary, and for the International mid-length film competition

In this documentary, Iggy Pop reads and recites Michel Houellebecq’s manifesto, TO STAY ALIVE – a method. The documentary features real people from Houellebecq’s life; the text is based on their life stories. Iggy is confronted with himself in the process of reading: Houellebecq’s book reflects his own laborious start as a person and as an artist.

How can it be that this ‘advice to a young poet’ applies so strongly to him too? His personal recitation of the text is a journey of discovery to answer that question. In the end, Iggy meets Michel Houellebecq as one of the characters in the book. The two celebrities meet at the house of Houellebecq’s late grandparents, talk about each other’s work and drive, and express their mutual admiration.

Throughout the film, reveries, interviews and dialogues alternate with Iggy often directly addressing the viewers, using arguments from Houellebecq’s texts. It’s an appeal to all of us to break our chains and go for it.

this film is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO Fund, and Mediafund, a co-production with VPRO.
distribution Contact Film, international sales Cat & Docs

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September 2, 2017

To Stay Alive – a method nominated for 2 ‘Gouden Kalveren’

To Stay Alive – a method by Lieshout | Hagers | van Brummelen is nominated for 2 ‘Gouden Kalveren’ at the Netherlands Film Festival. The nominee categories are; for ‘best long documentary’, and for ‘best camera’.

The festival takes place from September 20, untill September 29, the awards ceremony is on Friday September, 29 2017 during the ‘L’Or Gouden Kalveren Gala’.

August 24, 2017

To Stay Alive – a method on NPO Cultura

‘To Stay Alive – a method’ by Lieshout | Hagers | van Brummelen is screened on NPO Cultura (French and English spoken, with Dutch subtitles, 58mins version), Tuesday August 29, at 20:30hrs, Thursday August 31, at 16:05hrs.

August 24, 2017

Dinner with Murakami @ NPO Cultura

Yan Ting Yuen’s documentary ‘Dinner with Murakami’ from 2007 on Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is screened on NPO Cultura (Japanese, English spoken, with Dutch subtitles): Tuesday August 22, at 22:05hrs, Thursday August 24, 18:55hrs.

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