"A brillant work in and of itslef." - Film Beatnik.com
"DIARY OF A TIMES SQUARE THIEFT meditates on redemption, fate, and the beauty of human connection." - Lynne Crocker, Hot Docs 2009
Director: Klaas Bense
Screenplay: Klaas Bense
Cast: Klaas Bense
Producers: Janneke Doolaard, Hans de Weers, Reinout Oerlemans
2008 | 100 min
Danish language, English subtitles
Upon reading a personal diary found on eBay, filmmaker Klaas Bense discovers the vivid ruminations of a nihilistic young man living in New York City in the ’80s. Working in a sleazebag hotel frequented by junkies, prostitutes and other marginal figures, he’d precisely described a world that no longer existed. Bense decided to set out to find the author of these anonymous entries, starting with the place where it all occurred, encountering some of the hotel’s occupants. Each one has a story to tell, invoking the ghosts of the New York City that once so inspired Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader.
This captivating documentary could be a companion piece to GODS OF TIMES SQUARE (Fantasia 2004). Like Richard Sandler, Klaas Bense sketches out with remarkable meticulousness the dread and degradation that suffused the Big Apple for so many years, his camera nimbly capturing places haunted by tough yet touching tales of human misery. An exceptional meditation on time’s passing and the forgotten things it carries with it.