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Sleep Has Her House

Scott Barley / GB, 2017 / 90 min.

An astonishing debut, written, produced, directed and edited by the 25-year-old British filmmaker Scott Barley, who shot his film on an iPhone. Slow cinema at its very best.

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The end of days is nigh. Mankind is long extinct. The waterfall dries up. The first lightening slowly builds. A storm starts. Everything goes black. Until the light returns from the darkness. Have we entered the afterlife?

Nature is terrifying and awe-inspiring; so powerful it makes humans insignificant. Sleep Has Her House is an exceptional landscape film in which tiny movements and subtle changes make a huge impression. Sometimes the film is so calm and quiet that screen looks like a painting projected onto the screen. Then something begins to flow, a gust of wind blows through the trees to dazzling effect.

Installation artist Scott Barley, a promising filmmaker from Wales, made a determinedly ethical film that evokes the 'terrible sublime’. He documented two days in a woodland, starting with an abstract close-up of a waterfall. As dawn breaks, the camera floats somewhere above the clouds. The film’s longest take is 11 minutes in length and records a slowly setting sun. A prime example of slow cinema.

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