Why this movie?
“CERES is a film about four young farmer children, growing up on the farm and learning their profession from a very young age from their fathers and grandfathers.
I grew up on the countryside myself and my grandfather had a small diary farm. I remember the harvest season as the most beautiful time of the year. In my memory it was always very warm, the sky was full of dust and our skins were still salty from our swim in the sea. The air was heavy with the sweet smell of the ripe grains and the colors were deep and intense. As far as I could see the grain field stretched to the horizon. The days were long and warm. Looking at it now, it is just a very small patch of land, but as a child I experienced this in a whole different way. This is how the idea of CERES began to grow. I wanted to film the childs perspective of a life on the farm and the harvest cycle. I started searching for stories and inspiration and choose to go back to the roots of my grandmother: Zeeland. I found this landscape so inspiring, so stretched and wide and empty.”
“Once there, in Zeeland, I met some farmers – friends of my parents. We talked about the project and they introduced me to Koen (one of the main characters of CERES). When I met Koen I knew from the very first moment that we would make this film together and that CERES was going to be a documentary. For I found his story so touching and interesting. He showed me all his animals and told me the story of how he had some pigs, which he loved dearly, but he had to let them go because it was part of the farm life. With Koen I found my first storyline, that fitted perfectly in the idea of the cycle. All life on the farm is in a way connected to this cycle. Animals are being born and slaughtered, crops are sown and harvested, the seasons go by and the farmer directs his life and rhythm according to these seasons. From that moment I started searching for other kids, for I liked a variety of experiences and I soon noticed that the children have very different point of views on the same subjects. Via Koen I found Daan and Sven, who are into agriculture and fruit, and via a school I found Jeanine, who lives on a sheep farm.”