Netherlands, 2021, 84′
Based on the infamous Groningen HIV case, in which three men drugged other men and infected them with their own HIV-infected blood, Feast is a bold and provocative film that skillfully reflects the questions of life, death and morality that have emerged from one of the most disquieting stories in contemporary Dutch life. Unfolding over seven individual vignettes, each directed by Tim Leyendekker but shot in collaboration with a diverse range of cinematographers, Feast blends reportage and surrealism, disbelief and empathy to unpack the repercussions and reverberations of a singularly shocking series of events.
(1973, the Netherlands) is an artist based between Rotterdam and Strasbourg. He received an MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Leyendekker’s films contain a palpable trace of its creation process, engaging the viewer to critically relate to the construction of the work itself. His work has been shown in several major galleries and festivals around the world such as IFF Rotterdam, the Power Plant (Toronto), EMAF (Osnabrück), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Loop (Barcelona). His short film BLINDER (2015) was nominated for a Tiger Shorts Award in IFF Rotterdam and was awarded the main prize at the inaugural edition of Moscow International Experimental FF. His latest film FEAST (2021) premiered at IFF Rotterdam. Leyendekker also works as a producer for other artists’ work and as an independent film programmer, curating a monthly program at WORM (Rotterdam), and other venues.