The Eternal Life is a film about the perception of nature. How can we connect with nature if everything is changing continuously? The seemingly static images of landscapes, still lifes and the main character in the film are like paintings, they last a relatively long time and there is little or no action - yet everything moves and lives. The observer who yields to the slow tempo of the film enters a state of being. The notion of I disappears. And so it is for the woman in the film. She sheds a tear, but she does not react; she simple lets that tear be, she is. Surrounded by nature, tangibly and audibly present in every detail, she surrenders to the eternal motion of life. What is outside her is inside her and vice versa. The soul of nature and the soul of man are actually identical. They have to be harmonised, otherwise life loses its balance.
The Eternal Life was recorded in July 2007 in the province of North Brabant, The Netherlands. Music composed by Jaime Oliver. Screened as part of the exhibition Beyond the Picturesque at SMAK, Gand (B) and MARTa, Herford (D).