desolate (2017)


1. (of a place) uninhabited and giving an impression of bleak emptiness.
2. feeling or showing great unhappiness or loneliness.


‘desolate’ explores the melancholic relationship between a father and son through a dreamy, surreal portrait.

Shifting between uninhabited places and his memory.

The film is rooted in loneliness but the film never addresses this as such, it can be interpreted in several ways.

For me, ‘desolate’ started as this universal story about loneliness and how we try to connect with people,

but despite all of our differences, I am convinced that we are not so different at all.

Seemingly differences in appearance make us unique, but everything rests on the same foundation.

That we all need love, compassion, warmth and affection. No matter who or where we are in live.
— Sven Signe den Hartogh

Starring: Mitch Rivers

Directed, Written and Edited by: Sven Signe den Hartogh

Director of Photography: Sven Signe den Hartogh