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Campfire [1999] [DVD]

Joram Schurmans , Koen Van Heule , Bavo Defurne    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joram Schurmans, Koen Van Heule, Circé Lethem, Maarten Verbeuren
  • Directors: Bavo Defurne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065C2D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Campfire | Saint | Particularly Now, In Spring | Sailor
Short films by Bavo Defurne

Enormously successful at lesbian and gay film festivals throughout the world, Bavo Defurne's rich and beautiful short films examine gay love and loss and mark the emergence of one of Europe's most exciting young filmmakers.

One of many pleasures in Defurne's work is the playful and unforced way in which he references the work of other artists from Dreyer and Eisenstein to photographers Herbert List and Pierre et Gilles. Most significantly, Defurne and his regular team have created an allegorical and headily romantic gay aesthetic that draws on a wide range of influences, but is uniquely their own. Defurne's choice of using largely unprofessional actors brings a charming innocence to the performances that complements the magical, overwrought worlds that they inhabit.

Features an interview with Bavo Defurne and a slideshow


In Campfire a lovesick boy scout goes on a camping trip in the country and tries to choose between his girl and his best friend. Particularly Now, In Spring follows a boy athlete as he takes his first steps into adulthood. Saint concerns the scantily-clad death of Saint Sebastian. Finally, Sailor looks at the love between a teenager and a seafarer.

Belgium | 1995 - 2000 | black & white and colour | English language or subtitles | 56 minutes | various ratios in 4x3 format | Region 2 DVD

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beatiful and sexy 18 Feb 2003
By bagoas
This is a collection of 4 short-movies by young Belgian director Bavo Defurne, a regular at film festivals worldwide, specially the gay & lesbian themed festivals.
Raging from 8 mn to 21 mn, shot in b/w or color (two of each, actually), al films evolve around the idea of young men discovering sex and sexuality, making it quite obvious what interests Defurne and how he develops his cinematic work.
The movies are beatifully shot, and the cinematography is superb (specially in Campfire, with it's saturated colors, and Sailor, a sort of animated Pierre & Giles kind of thing). Dialogue is scarce, or even non-existent, but that only reinforces the oniric tone of these films.
The dvd edition includes a very interesting interview with the director, and a selection of still pics taken from the movies.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, wonderful short films from - Belgium! 23 Sep 2002
By A Customer
These short films are sexy, wonderful and a real revelation. There's sense of sadness to each of the films as they explore the stories of young, beautiful gay men who never seem to get their man! The young Belgian director, Bavo Defurne, creates a slightly surreal universe that reminded me a bit of the work of photographers Pierre et Gilles. The camera always lingers on handsome faces and gorgeous bodies, but the films are about much deeper emotions. My favourite was 'Sailor' about a young boy who fantasises about his sailor love. In one amazing sequence the boy reaches out into the heavens, grabs the Milky Way, and places in in an envelope to send to his lover. Magical stuff. The title film is ravishing, too, and will tap into many people's boyhood fantasies about camping away from home! The DVD also includes a good interview with the director who is pretty sexy himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have a great love for short films, as when they are done correctly they have a unique and compelling power that lingers well beyond the visual moment.

"Campfire" is a collection of four such short films, with each having their own sense of artistic flavour and power. The first "Campfire" is perhaps the best, in that it tells a compelling story which most youth can relate to, although different in many aspects to what one would expect. The other three (two shot in b/w) have an inert beauty, relying of both the visual imagery and narrator. Whilst the stories are different, one can recognise the work of the director (Bavo Dafurne), as many of the images are repeated in all four of the films. He tries however, to utilise different cinematic styles and even attempts a nuanced story reminiscent of the imagery used in the "Pink Narcissus".

Whilst important short stories within themselves, I would suggest that "Campfire" be purchased by collectors as opposed to someone looking for a good movie. "Summer Storm" is one such movie, whereas "Campfire" exists within a genre of its own. If you love short films, then I do not believe you will be disappointed, although if you are looking for something more then rather look to purchase one of the many other movies available.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, imaginative short films 30 Oct 2003
By A Customer
I loved this programme of short films. They are gently observed and aching with desire. Director Bavo Defurne has an eye for pretty boys and the aesthetic of his films is never less than luscious, but there is nothing superficial about them. It's hard not to recognise yourself in these stories about unrequited love and love lost. They pack a subtle emotional punch, but one that makes you want to watch them over and over again. There is an excellent interview with director on the DVD in which Defurne talks about his influences and how he achieved some of the glorious effects in the films. This really is one of the best gay DVDs around.
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