The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes are no Brothers




Ben Rivers

Großbritannien 2015

96 min – 35mm auf HD – Arabisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Englisch
B+K: Ben Rivers – Mit Oliver Laxe
S: Ben Rivers, Benjamin Mirguet
SD: Philippe Ciompi – P: Jacqui Davies – V: LUX



“Can all people who aren’t acting leave? The hardships of being a director are tangible in the latest Ben Rivers film, which is just as mysterious as its title (a reference to a work by Paul Bowles). Rivers was present in Morocco’s Atlas mountains on the sets of Oliver Laxe’s Herzog-inspired production Mimosas, and there he primarily documented frustration, hiatus and inertia.

It is only when Laxe doesn’t see the point of filming any more (beware: we are slowly moving into fictional territory) that The Sky Trembles… becomes more than a film in a film and a film about film. Rivers then puts Laxe through a new agony, based on Bowles’ short story A Distant Episode. The Spanish director is kidnapped by a group of nomads who sell him to different tribe as a gleaming, dancing object. It is an unthinkable action that reflects as much on the difficult relationship between man, nature and film as on the previous difficult scenes behind the scenes.

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Ben Rivers  studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. After his degree he taught himself 16mm filmmaking and hand-processing. His practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds.

Films Ah, Liberty! 2008 (6. UX) – I Know Where I’m Going 2009 (6. UX) Slow Action 2010 (6. UX) – Two Years at Sea 2011 (7. UX) – The Creation As We Saw It 2012
Phantoms of a Libertine
2012 – A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness 2013 (9. UX) – Things 2014 – What Means Something 2015 – A Distant Episode 2015 (11. UX)