Two Years At Sea (Rivers, 2011): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 9pm
This film is also on at BFI Southbank on Monday 24th at 1.30pm. Details here.
Sandra Hebron, who has decided to quit running the London Film Festival at the end of 2011, has made many excellent changes to the programme and has not been afraid to take risks in her time at the helm. She has placed one of her favourite choices this year, Ben Rivers' first full-length feature film Two Years At Sea from the Experimenta strand, in NFT1 to give the film a higher profile. From reports it definitely deserves to get one. She talks in more detail with David Gitten at the Telegraph here. “He’s an emerging British filmmaker, and I wanted to treat it as a significant piece of work,” she says.
Two Years At Sea is screening as part of the London Film Festival. Here is my general introduction to the festival. Over the length of the festival I will pick a film a day. I am as confident as I can be that this is the pick of the movies within the parameters I have set - the movies you are likely to get a ticket for and the ones you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to the festival.
Time Out review:
'Much online debate has arisen around the optimal screening conditions for this extraordinary new feature from British film artist, Ben Rivers. Photographed with old Bolex cameras and using artificially scuzzed monochrome 16mm film, when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival it was shown off of a digital print and many took understandable umbrage: the visual grain and the texture of the film are as much what it’s about as its enigmatic subject, a bearded hermit living in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Like Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’, Rivers’s film is about the philosophical imperatives that come with a lonely existence on the outer fringes of society. But this is much more than a simple portrait of outsider eccentricity, as it also offers that rare thing in cinema: a vision of true happiness.' David Jenkins
Here is Ben Rivers talking about the film.
Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if the film is sold out as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.