Ben Rivers: THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS (2015)

A director has abandoned his film. Part documentary, part fable, THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS is a new feature film by Ben Rivers that combines the Paul Bowles short story, A Distant Episode, with deserted sets and the desert itself.

Art Screening previously on at Artangel in Uganda.
From Wednesday 12 August 2015 to Monday 31 August 2015

Ben Rivers: THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS (2015) image

Published by anonymous on Monday 14 September 2015.
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Shot in 16mm against the bewildering landscape of the Atlas Mountains and the Moroccan Sahara, as Rivers’ footage excavates through layers of observational and illusionary cinema so the director of this supposed fiction descends into madness and cruelty and misadventure.
The film premiered at the Festival del film Locarno as part of the Concorso Internazionale selectionon 12 August 2015.

Commissioned by Artangel and produced by Jacqui Davies, this feature film is the culmination of Rivers’ Artangel/BBC Radio 4 OPEN project. The commission also includes a site-specific installation in the Drama Block, Television Centre, London, where raw film footage is projected in purpose-built screening spaces constructed out of old sets. The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers installation is open to the public and free to visit Tuesday – Sunday until 31 August.

The film has a dedicated website: check theskytrembles.com for updates.

An artist book, The Sky Trembles and The Earth Is Afraid and The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, is available to buy online from Cornerhouse. At 128pp, faux-leather bound, with colour and black and white images, this publication includes facsimile reproductions of stories from Paul Bowles’s A Distant Episode and a selection of short stories from Mohammed Mrabet’s collection ‘M’hasish’.