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Sleep Has Her House (2017)


The shadows of screams climb beyond the hills. It has happened before. But this will be the last time. The last few sense it, withdrawing deep into the forest. They cry out into the black, as the shadows pass away, into the ground.

Through long static takes, the film develops a contemplative, hypnotic experience, akin to paintings that move, mixing live action and still photography (shot on iPhone 6) and hand-drawn images.

The film is dedicated to the late French filmmaker and friend, Philippe Cote, who passed way in 2016.

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Screenings / Exhibitions

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Suspaustas laikas, Lithuania
Kampus Hybernska Art Gallery, Prague
Counterpath, Colorado
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

ZagrebDox, Croatia
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Falmouth University, Cornwall
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

Alternative Film/Video, Serbia
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo

Palace Central Cinema, Sydney, Australia
Heimspiel Film Festival, Regensburg, Germany
Musée de La Cour d'Or - Metz Métropole

Cinema Museo, Ecuador
Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia (Installation)
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) / Environmental Film Festival
MIEFF (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival)
TodaysArt Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dokufest, Kosovo
Festival ECRÃ, Brazil
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
La Générale, Paris
Deptford Cinema, London
Magnificent 7 Festival, Serbia
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
Singapore Art Museum
Centre De Cultura Contemporania De Barcelona
Limited Theatrical release, The Netherlands
EYE Filmmuseum, The Netherlands
Filmvirus, The Reading Room, Thailand

Frontera-Sur, Festival Internacional de Cine de No Ficción, Chile
Semana Festival de Cinema, Brazil
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
Doclisboa, Portugal
Festival de Cine Radical, Bolivia
Lima Independiente International Film Festival, Peru
Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Brazil

Awards & Nominations

Best Film - Official Jury award - Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Brazil
Sight & Sound 2017 Film Poll
The Village Voice 2017 Film Poll (Nominated for Best film, Best first feature, and Best director)
Sight & Sound 2018 Film Poll
Sight & Sound 2018 Essay Film Poll