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Surface Tensions

The environment, both natural and built, becomes transferred and layered into moving images that through observation, manipulation and humour, confront purpose and confound expectation.

Programmed by Helen de Witt | Total running time 113min

Films in this programme
  • Image from In the Wind

    In the Wind

  • Image from Meridian Plain

    Meridian Plain

  • Image from Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays

    Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays

  • Image from Elegy

    Elegy

  • Image from Snow

    Snow

  • Image from What Time Is Made Of

    What Time Is Made Of

  • Image from Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

    Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

  • Image from Phantom

    Phantom

  • Image from Olly Olly Oxen Free

    Olly Olly Oxen Free

  • Image from Highview

    Highview

  • Image from Films to Break Projectors

    Films to Break Projectors

Film 1

In the Wind

A man with his burden battles the elements. Again, and again.

Dir Jiang Zhi. China 2016. 16min

Film 2

Meridian Plain

A textural exploration of a distant land that you can never visit is transmitted by a mechanical eye.

Dir Laura Kraning. USA 2016. 19min

Film 3

Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays

A mysterious edifice is suspended over the Ghanaian coast, between sea and jungle.

Dir Lukas Marxt, Marcel Odenbach. Austria-Germany 2017. 15min

Festival guests

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  • Lukas Marxt, Director

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Film 4

Elegy

Ecclesiastical material is made abstract though film and light.

Dir Paul Bush. UK-Switzerland 2017. 6min

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  • Paul Bush, Director

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Film 5

Snow

A dynamic intervention into the nature documentary creates a different kind of monster.

Dir Stuart Pound. UK 2017. 5min

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  • Stuart Pound, Director

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Film 6

What Time Is Made Of

Found footage that inspired the learning of language.

Dir Diana Vidrascu. France-Romania 2017. 10min

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  • Diana Vidrascu, Director

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Film 7

Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

A meditation on an idealised American landscape that cannot escape the hand of history.

Dir Fern Silva. USA 2017. 9min

Film 8

Phantom

Ancient footage of an old tale hauntingly re-emerges.

Dir David Leister. UK 2017. 7min

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  • David Leister, Director

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Film 9

Olly Olly Oxen Free

Mediation through image and sound exploring the means and the end.

Dir Julia Dogra-Brazell. UK 2017. 2min

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  • Julia Dogra-Brazell, Director

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Film 10

Highview

Celluloid images dance on screen as vibrant visions emerge and then fade.

Dir Simon Liu. Hong Kong (SAR of China)-UK-USA 2017. 20min

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  • Simon Liu, Director

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Film 11

Films to Break Projectors

Colourful animated collages of film pay homage to the qualities of 35mm.

Dir iloobia. UK 2016. 5min

Festival guests

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  • Tim Grabham, Director

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