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two years at sea
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Two Years at Sea (88min, 16mm anamorphic , b/w, blown-up to 35mm, 2011)

A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting in a loch. Drives a beat-up jeep to pick up wood supplies. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, passing the time with strange projects, living the radical dream he had as a younger man, a dream he spent two years working at sea to realise.

Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists' Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England

Distributed in the UK by Soda Pictures - released May 4th 2012

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Screenings to date:

Venice Film Festival FIPRESCI prize for Orrizonti
CPH:DOX Dox Award
Chicago Underground Film Festival The Uncategorizable Best Film
Mediawave, Hungary - Best Feature Film
Valdivia Film Festival Special Mention of the Jury
Images Festival, Toronto - Honourable Mention
Istanbul International Independent Film Festival - Special Mention
Sarajevo Film Festival
Dokufest, Kosovo
Kino Otok Isola Cinema, Slovenia
New Horizons, Poland
Vancouver International Film Festival
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema
New York Film Festival
London Film Festival
Viennale
Mar del Plata Film Festival
New British Film Festival Moscow
Cork Film Festival
CineCity Brighton Film Festival
MoMA Contenders series
IFF Rotterdam
Ficunam, Mexico
DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Tallinn Documentary Film Festival
Flatpack
Metricubi, Venice
Cinemateket, Det Danske Filminstitut, Copenhagen
AV Festival
Courtisane, Gent
Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba
Jeonju International Film Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Play-Doc, Tui
Glasgow Film Festival
Spokane International Film Festival
Internationales Filmwochenende Wuerzburg
Wisconsin Film Festival
Las Palmas International Film Festival
La Rochelle Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Cinema du Reel
EMAF, Osnabrueck
Yebisu Festival of Alternative Visions, Tokyo

 

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