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In an almost utopia where contentment has been universally harnessed, an algorithmologist begins to question his ideology when a woman shows up to his office uninterested in altering her discontent.

  • Servaes Dewispelaere
  • Servaes Dewispelaere
  • Jan Bijvoet
    Key Cast
    Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Borgman (2013), Peaky Blinders (2016), The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
  • Virginia Newcomb
    Key Cast
    The Death of Dick Long (2019), The Beta Test (2021)
  • Martha Canga Antonio
  • Fernando Vandekeybus
    Line Producer
  • Gillis Cornelis
    First Assistant Director
  • Yann De Moerloose
  • Jasper Keymeulen
  • Librecht Vanmechelen
    Art Director
  • Gonne Vanspauwen
    Costume Design
  • Magali Laroy
    Costume Design
  • Thomas Vertongen
    Sound Mixer
  • Joachim Gys
    Sound Designer
  • Görkem Ağar
  • Simon van der Zande
  • Servaes Dewispelaere
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, Sciencefiction
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 32 seconds
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    Digital, Arri Alexa Mini LF
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - KASK School Of Arts
Director Biography - Servaes Dewispelaere

25 year old Master Film student at KASK in Ghent, Belgium.
'Wasteland' is my master graduation film.

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Director Statement

For me good sci-fi criticizes and reflects on our current realities. The driving force behind ‘Wasteland’ is a personal necessity, I felt that I had to make a film around happiness, suffering, freedom and oppressive technologies.

I find utopias and dystopias fascinating, how people think everything could be perfect or not. I like the contemporary implementation but also stories from the past. I personally think that the line between utopia and dystopia is very thin. It just depends on the perspective you have. What a utopia is for someone within a certain system, can be viewed as a dystopia by an outsider. Who you are as a person, how you grew up, what your references are,... determines what is utopian or dystopian for you.

With this film I want to make people feel something and raise questions. Let them dwell on life and its absurdity.