Joep Beving

Solitude - film


This video is a collaboration between Joep and director Supreet Kaur. Composed in isolation that was forced upon many, it perfectly captures a message of contemplation and hope.

About the piece Joep says "Solitude is a piece I wrote a couple of days before Piano Day in solitude in my response to this global crisis, I hope you will enjoy it. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who finds her,- or himself at the dark end of this pandemic. Let’s hope that when we get through this, we will see some form of global change. I’m very hopeful for the future in that sense. Be well, be safe, be healthy. “

Beving and Kaur met by chance over the internet, no doubt lead by the inevitability of their individual works coming together, as both the film in a preliminary form and the music were created at around the same date, in different parts of the world, without prior knowledge nor contact. Beving: “There’s a unique situation of the world being forced to stay home. Together in solitude. So much contained energy, where does it all go? Much of it hopefully will go into introspection, creativity and problem solving. If we can’t physically be together maybe now is the time for our thoughts to be. Ideas want to travel to find their ultimate manifestation. Perhaps these circumstances will prove to be the fertile soil for a much needed renaissance.”

Directors Statement: These are indeed strange times, and I caught myself oscillating between hope and despair. Which if not expressed, may have rotted at the core. So I started filming. Isolation can be home to a mood of many kinds. This video somehow reminds us of those nostalgic musings, those hours of longing to meet the one person you haven’t yet. Those nights filled with ache and wonder alike. Where the mind swims out into the ocean treading hills and seas to find itself right back where it started. A longing. 'Solitude' - reminds me of a day without a hug. Call it fate or the most random assimilation of improbable algorithms, but this collaboration with Joep just feels right. As Joep has rightly observed, the arts are truly at danger but it also feels like the brink of a renaissance, of sorts. And there would be no way to celebrate the new world, or even just come to terms with it, by creating. Together. I find so many minute details of our daily life, all with so much significance now, which may have very well gone unnoticed for a lifetime. This film for me is something that people may relate to in an urban jungle like Mumbai, but also in the sparse drylands of Iceland. Because, at its essence, the film is about the human need for love, filmed from a perspective in Urban isolation.

Supreet Cheetah is a dynamic young writer-director from India. She is part of the powerhouse creative collective, Jugaad Motion Pictures. Jugaad is known for their clutter-breaking music videos and feature films. They have been regarded by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the front runners for the music video format in India. They have a combined viewership of over 200 million people across their films on various platforms.

Supreet was born and brought up in the tiny sleepy town of Jalandhar in the far north of India. She developed an interesting perspective of the world with a sublime sense of aesthetics. She started out as a graphic designer/illustrator, and that discipline carried forward into the cinematic arts.