ILLE LACRIMAS / 2014 / 20min.
NOTICE: This film was shot at an intentionally under-exposed level. If possible, please watch the film in the conditions that it was meant to be experienced: in complete darkness with headphones. Due to apple computer screens having a predominantly blue colour profile, the film can appear too dark on them. We recommend watching the film on a High-Definition matt screen, with the colour profile on default, and the brightness at half capacity when viewing the film on a TV screen.
Waves run across the surface of the sea. A blanket of fog has descended, shrouding the far side of the water in dark mist. We hear a disturbance in the sea's surface, out of our line of sight. A man staggers into view. He is stranded. Alone. He searches for answers; in the water, in the woodland, in the hills. He finds none. As he wanders deeper into the darkness of the forest, questioning his fate and destiny, he thinks back and reminisces over fragments of his life, and what has been lost. As time passes, the man finds a cabin. He feels uplifted at the thought of shelter from exposure to the elements that he has endured. Inside the shack he encounters a book that he had lost days before. He attempts to find solace in the book's pages; memories of days passed by. It consumes him. He accepts his spiritual end. It comes full circle.
Ross Shaddick / Nerys Rees
Matthew Allen / Scott Barley / Harry Johnson / Alberto Mangiapane / Amica Schiller / Eurion Smith
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