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still from Big River Man (John Maringouin, US 2009)

Big River Man

John Maringouin / US, 2009 / 100 min.

What makes humans seek out their physical limits? Guido van der Werve, an artist who regularly goes to extremes, selected the documentary Big River Man about an environmental activist swimming the length of the Amazon to accompany his retrospective at Eye.

poster Big River Man (John Maringouin, 2009)
Everyone said he’d lost his mind, yet Slovenian Martin Strel completed his self-appointed task of swimming the 5,000 km length of the Amazon river to draw attention to pollution and rainforest destruction.



John Maringouin

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Big River Man


100 min.





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Guido van der Werve

In the world of Guido van der Werve, Romanticism, nature and the sublime are never far away. His films explore the futility of existence, yet they also capture its endless beauty.

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Guido van der Werve, Nummer vier, I don't want to get involved in this. I don’t want to be part of this. Talk me out of it, 2005, courtesy the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York

Why in Eye

Screening accompanying the Guido van der Werve retrospective in the exhibition hall.

still from Big River Man (John Maringouin, US 2009)
still from Big River Man (John Maringouin, US 2009)

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