DEMO

DEMO
A Two Dogs Company
  • DEMO is Kris Verdonck's first short film.

    The starting point for this film project is the performance UNTITLED, a show by Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company that premiered at the Kaaitheater in 2014. DEMO follows the genre of silent film, slapstick, musical and cartoons, as well as the style of the numerous uploads on YouTube and other social media.

    DEMO is a social and absurdist portrait of Bee, an artist looking for work. Bee is homeless, lives under a bridge in the Brussels Canal Zone and is dressed as a mascot.  He makes videos of himself with his smartphone and hopes to one day find an audience. His main activity is boredom, an existential boredom, he just doesn't know what to do.

    In DEMO, we follow Bee's path and his stunts for two days and three nights. His tricks are aimless and nonsensical, and as the days progress his existence begins to weigh on him. His surroundings - a clash of banks, art institutions, homeless people, refugees, expensive apartments and drug addicts - are indifferent. He is part of the scenery that nevertheless defines him and in which he simultaneously disappears. The enthusiasm with which he tries to entertain becomes increasingly extreme, wry and dangerous, to the point of being suicidal. Suicide is unfortunately not an option, cartoon characters don't die, they rise again and again.

    Bee lives in a harsh reality and - just because of that - also in his imagination, in his madness and hallucinations. His big dream is to perform for an audience in one of the great art houses on the canal, Kaaitheater and KANAL - Centre Pompidou. There is much that stands in the way of the realization of this dream, not least his poor artistic skills. He thinks he knows great tricks, but in reality it doesn't amount to much, he fails or things go wrong.

    DEMO
    A Two Dogs Company

Credits

Concept and Direction: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Kristof van Baarle
Performance: Marc Iglesias
Musician: Michael Schmid
Costumes: An Breugelmans, Eefje Wijnings, Karolien Nuyttens, Stephanie Becquet
Camera: Vincent Pinckaers
Production manager: Erik Lambert
Production: A Two Dogs Company
Coproduction : Quetzalcoatl, Shelterprod
With the support of: VAF - Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Tax shelter incentive of the Belgian federal government