Artist filmmaker Ben Rivers’s latest project entitled The Sky Trembles and The Earth Is Afraid and The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers recounts the story of a director deserting his film set and falling into a misadventure of cruelty, madness and malevolence.
Shot against the imposing terrain of the Atlas Mountains and the uncanny landscape of the Moroccan Sahara, Rivers blends Paul Bowles’s 1948 short story A Distant Episode with behind-the-scenes footage of work by artist Shezad Dawood and filmmaker Oliver Laxe and observational footage captured on 16mm cinemascope to create a multi-layered commentary on the illusion of cinema.
Moving between documentary, fiction and fable, the project is nostalgic of a long forgotten era of filmmaking. Set to receive its world premiere at this year’s Locarno Film Festival as part of the Concorso Internazionale Selection, The Sky Trembles and The Earth Is Afraid and The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers will be screened on Wednesday 12 August, 4.30pm, accompanied by a Q&A.
Commissioned by Artangel, The Whitworth, and the BFI’s Film Fund, the film is produced by Jacqui Davies and is the culmination of Rivers’s Artangel/BBC Radio 4 OPEN project. This collaboration includes a site-specific installation of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, currently being projected in purpose-built spaces in the Drama Block at the Television Centre, London.
Ben Rivers, The Sky Trembles and The Earth Is Afraid and The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, world premiere screening, 12 August, Locarno Film Festival.
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See Ben Rivers’s installation The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers until 31 August, Television Centre, London.
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