Scene from the film Desert Haze
Scene from the film Desert Haze
Scene from the film Desert Haze
Scene from the film Desert Haze
Scene from the film Desert Haze
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Desert Haze

  • Belgium
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The American West. We have arrived in a world where human life would seem to be impossible: an arid, mythical landscape characterized by absence. Absence of water, trees, life. In the beginning there was nothing. But then traces start appearing.
Desert Haze tells the many-layered story of human presence in the American Desert. The traces of the past are like geological strata in the desert. The film becomes a mosaic of various stories, merging in a peculiar chronicle of America at the crossroads of present and past, myth and reality.
From astronauts preparing for future missions to Mars to Japanese country singers, archeologists hunting for the remnants of military test airplanes, the mysterious death of John Wayne...


  • Original Title
    Desert Haze
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sofie Benoot
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
    Nico Leunen
  • Sound
    Kwinten Van Laethem, Michel Schöpping
  • Runtime
    110 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Official selection Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland 2014
    • Docville, Leuven, Belgium, 2014
    • Official selection Film Festival Oostende, Belgium 2014
    • Official selection DokLeipzig, Germany 2014
    • Official selection Camden IFF, USA 2014
    • Official selection Escales Documentaires, France 2014
    • Official selection Signes De Nuit, Berlin - Paris 2014
    • Official selection Big Sky Festival, Montana - USA 2014
    • Official selection Cinema Vérité, Tehran, Iran 2014
    • Official selection Docpoint, Helsinki, Finland 2014
  • Awards
    • Special Mention Docville, Leuven, Belgium, 2014 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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