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Le Choix d'Erik
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Pourquoi Erik Versantvoort, un coureur des bois néerlandais a-t-il décidé de sortir du jeu pour habiter une cabane dans la forêt vosgienne pendant plus d’une année jusqu’à sa future disparition ? Tournant le dos à son existence confortable, Il aurait décidé de prendre le maquis, laissant tout derrière lui. Certains disent qu’il se savait malade, que sa maladie était incurable et qu’il était parti dans cet ermitage perdu au fond des montagnes vosgiennes afin d'y mourir. Car tout en se faisant soigner en bas, il voulait mourir là-haut, dans les bois, pour au seuil de la mort, vivre le plus intensément possible.

Why, at fifty-six years old, did Erik Versantvoort decide to leave his job to live in a wooden cabin at the bottom of the Vosges forest? Some say that he would have liked, in a sudden need for freedom, to turn his back on his condition as a worker to live an adventure that lasted only one year.
Others say that he knew he was incurably ill, and that he had gone to this hermitage lost in the middle of the Vosges mountains to die.
I met Erik in April 2017 and filmed him for six months until his disappearance on September 16 of the same year.
With this film, I would like to penetrate the mythologies of a man who suddenly chose to break his ties with society to lead an elementary form of life, perhaps because he was condemned and it was time to live strong.