Frank Van den Eeden received the Best Cinematography Award for ‘Full Contact’ at the 51st Chicago Int Film Festival 2015.
“Directed by David Verbeek, Frank Vanden Eeden’s powerful imagery speaks to what great motion pictures strive for with expertly realized light, camera motion and framing” is how the jury motivated their choice for Frank. “This bold, arresting thriller from visionary Dutch filmmaker David Verbeek is a piercing portrait of dehumanization in the age of modern warfare.”
Full Contact is a contemporary tale of a man who accidentally bombed a school through a remotely operated drone plane. Ivan, operating the plane from a far away air force base, has never been to the foreign countries of his attacks, nor has he ever touched the plane he uses to kill. Modern warfare keeps him safe and disconnected from his prey. However, after this incident Ivan’s disconnectedness starts to apply to everything in his life. He is unable to get the men he killed out of his head and from there on the narrative melts down to become a road movie of the subconscious. His attraction to a girl he recently met, Cindy, his guilt and curiosity about his victims, all echo on and on towards a point of full awareness of what he has done and who he is.