Desert Haze

a film by Sofie Benoot
Released
The American West. We have arrived in a world where human life would seem to be impossible: an arid, mythical landscape characterized by absence.

The American West. We have arrived in a world where human life would seem to be impossible: an arid, mythical landscape characterized by absence. Absence of water, trees, life. In the beginning there was nothing. But then traces start appearing.
    
Desert Haze tells the many-layered story of human presence in the American Desert. The traces of the past are like geological strata in the desert. The film becomes a mosaic of various stories, merging in a peculiar chronicle of America at the crossroads of present and past, myth and reality.

From astronauts preparing for future missions to Mars to Japanese country singers, archeologists hunting for the remnants of military test airplanes, the mysterious death of John Wayne...

Indrukwekkende documentaire-western - De Morgen Vanuit de verva­gende afdrukken van het verleden tuurt DESERT HAZE de hoogte in, ergens voorbij de staalblauwe lucht. Voorbij nieuwe grenzen, opnieuw op zoek naar onbekende terreinen - Bjorn Gabriels, Filmmagie

Verzamelaars van prikkeldraad, het verhaal achter de tumbleweed en de mysterieuze dood van John Wayne: met Desert Haze geeft Sofie Benoot een documentaire draai aan de western - Focus Knack

cinematografisch verbluffend - Frontview Magazine
 

About the director

Sofie Benoot
Born in Bruges, Belgium in 1985. She completed a master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts, specialising in Documentary Film, at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. She now teaches there. Her films are patchworks of different stories, which are carefully puzzled together to reveal hidden connections.

Filmography
2007 Fronterismo, 40 min. 2010 Blue Meridian, 80 min. 2014 Desert Haze, 110 min: 2020, Victoria

Credits

a film by
Sofie Benoot

camera
Fairuz

edited by
Nico Leunen

sound design & mix
Michel Schöpping

sound recording
Kwinten Van Laethem

assistant director
Liesbeth De Ceulaer

Awards & festivals

World premiere Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2014
Official selection Docville, Leuven, Belgium, 2014, Special Mention
Official selection Film Festival Oostende, Belgium, 2014
Official selection DokLeipzig, Germany, 2014
Official selection Camden IFF, USA, 2014
Official selection Escales Documentaires, France, 2014
Official selection Signes De Nuit, Berlin - Paris, 2014
Official selection Big Sky Festival, Montana - USA, 2014
Official selection Cinema Vérité, Tehran, Iran, 2014
Official selection Docpoint, Helsinki, Finland, 2014

Production Details

an Off World production

in co-production with
Zeppers Film & TV (NL)

with the support from
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF|FILM)
the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government