Shorts: Strange Latitudes

  • 88 mins

A cinematic pilgrimage meandering through landscape and folkloric themes.

Negotiating numerous geographical realms, these six films pursue the meaning imbued in landscape and explore how this is interpreted through the creation of identity and the expression of regional customs and folklore. The roving lenses of our intrepid filmmakers bear witness to a remarkable story of contraband and comradeship across the Spanish-Portuguese border, observe the interplay of light and landscape on a train journey through Eastern Europe, and peek into the mysterious rites of the Morris Men’s Rushcart procession in Saddleworth, England.

Light Plate, Josh Gibson/USA/2012/9 min (In Competition)
A rhapsodic ode to landscape, light and tradition, capturing the transient shadows that pass across surfaces, natural portraits framed by windows and the footfalls upon cobbled streets.

The Border (A Raia), Iván Castiñeiras/Portugal, Spain/2012/29 min (In Competition)
The craggy, mountainous border bisecting the Southeast Spanish region of Galicia and the Northeast Portuguese frontier masks a potent history of contraband trade and camaraderie.

The Winter of Zeljka (O inverno de Zeljka), Gustavo Beck/Brazil, Denmark, Croatia/2012/20 min
A mesmeric and gently meandering meditation upon journeying through landscape, and lives and loves tied to the terrain. The Super-8 medium couches these fleeting, mercurial moments in an almost mystical reverence.

Wild Horses (Los Caballos Salvajes), Jorge Cañada Escorihuela/Spain/2012/23 min
An insouciant account of the rural cycle of life in a diminutive village in Spain, with animal calls, a capella folk songs and ambient rustlings disseminating the atmospheric presence.

Rushcart, Tom Chick/UK/2013/7 min
An actuality piece celebrating the idiosyncratic English folk- custom of singing and dancing Morris Men heaving a cart laden with rushes through Saddleworth town.

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