Saving the World

Root Event

werkleitz Biennale 2006 Happy Believers

Parent Event

Saving the World
Finnland 1999-2005

Saving the World looks at the reality and its experience through the life of my friend Marcel Bloemendal. Marcel has schizophrenia, which he describes the following way: “If I did not have it, I could be just boring and average. But now I can save the world.”

In the film Marcel takes the place of a travel guide for todays world. Marcel has been incessantly travelling around Europe since 1976, which journey I joined occasionally during the five years period of film making.The film looks at the problematics of normality and abnormality, the usual and unusual, insanity and reality. The main language used in the film and its important element is the common language of today - the broken English. Marcel believes that he can make an eternal peace in the world. As the weapon industry would collapse in financial crisis in case that all wars would end, they have hired secret agents to eliminate Marcel. He travels from country to another in order to escape the agents, which he always does with the advices of the mystical clearvoyant Madame Pilz.

Maija Blåfield

55 min, engl und dt mit engl UT