“You Don’t Know Opera” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary of Boxer Frank Engel Directed By Ruben Van Leer.
Written and Directed by: Ruben van Leer
Director of Photography: Paul Özgür
Tenor and Boxer: Frank Engel
Narrated by: Johnny Bang Reilley
Original Music and Sound: Tommy Zee
Edited by: Wouter van Luijn and Amber Hooijmans
Produced by: New Amsterdam Film Company
Amsterdam-based artist and director Ruben Van Leer’s latest film is a high-energy portrait of professional tenor and amateur boxer Frank Engel, made in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera with the aim of attracting a different audience into its drama-filled world. Here, Van Leer talks about the story behind the film:
“This film is about the courageousness of self-expression. A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution. Frank is a boxer and a tenor in the chorus of Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera. In the film he’s fighting his demon, a shadow of himself.
“A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution”
“His fear of going on stage is bigger than that of death, of finally letting his voice be heard to the public and mastering his art. I wanted to make a tiny opera film: an existential theme that resonates within the streets, outside of theatre walls.”
Article on film: https://www.nowness.com/story/you-dont-know-opera-boxing-frank-engel