45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

Two Years at SeaBF-2012 

An intimate portrait of Jake Williams, who lives isolated in the forests of Scotland, an area he is very tightly linked to. His everyday activities - in fair weather or foul - are followed in different seasons in beautiful black-and-white.

The self-supporting Jake Williams lives in the middle of the forests of Scotland. In 2006, Ben Rivers went to see him for his short film This Is My Land; in Rivers’ first full-length film Two Years at Sea, we see this loner in all seasons, beautifully recorded in black-and-white cinemascope.
There are days when Jake saws branches, surrounded by derelict cars and broken equipment. There are days when he builds a raft to float on a loch. At other moments, he focuses on strange projects, such as building a tree hut by hanging his caravan in the treetops. During his daily strolls, he whistles as he walks among the fir trees; Jake doesn’t need words any more.
In Rivers’ portraits, intangible phenomena such as shifts in light and darkness are more important than explanations. In 2008, the director won a Tiger Award for Short Film in Rotterdam with Ah, Liberty! (2008). Two Years at Sea won the FIPRESCI Prize in Venice. Rivers' latest short film, Sack Barrow, can also be seen this year in Rotterdam.

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United Kingdom 2011
DirectorBen Rivers
ProducerBen Rivers
 FLAMIN Productions
SalesBen Rivers
PhotographyBen Rivers
EditorBen Rivers
Sound designBen Rivers
Length88'
Film format35mm
Websitewww.benrivers.com
Themes
2012 Bright Future
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