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The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

Ben Rivers / GB, 2015 / 95 min.

A filmmaker throws himself into a hallucinating adventure filled with savagery and madness, in this adaptation of a story by Paul Bowles. Screened to accompany the exhibition around the EYE Art & Film Prize.

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Ben Rivers” film is shot against the stunning backdrop of the rugged Atlas mountains and the bleak, surrealist emptiness of the Moroccan desert. This is where filmmaker Oliver Laxe decided to shoot his film Las mimosas, only to abruptly abandon his own film set and throw himself into a hallucinating adventure filled with savagery and madness. This adaptation of a story by Paul Bowles reveals the illusion of cinema itself layer by layer.

Some fifty years ago Paul Bowles heard a man in a café in Morocco, high as a kite, utter the words that provided the title for this film. Bowles went on to write a story around this incomprehensible statement, creating a story that moves between different realities. Ben Rivers” film evokes its strange images, showing at the same time how far we are prepared to go to make a film.

Filmmaker Ben Rivers is the winner of the EYE Art & Film Prize, a prize awarded to artists whose work explores the interface of art and film.

Details

Director

Ben Rivers

Production year

2015

Country

GB

Original title

The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

Length

95 min.

Format

35mm

Part of

Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing - EYE Art & Film Prize

The intersection between film and visual art is an important focus of exhibition policy at Eye. To underline this, Eye and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund launched an annual prize in 2015 to promote new work by an artist/filmmaker who is making an important contribution to this interdisciplinary field.

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