At Sea tells the story (“the birth, life and death”, in the director’s words) of a container ship – but there are no words to adequately describe the film’s awesome visual expedition. Peter Hutton knows the sea. His experiences as a former merchant seaman have informed his filmmaking practice, known for its rigor and epic beauty. At Sea begins in South Korea with diminutive workers shipbuilding. The colossal vessel is revealed in De Chirico-worthy proportions, its magnitude surreal to the human eye. Off to sea, the splendour and intensity of the water – set against the vibrant colours of the containers – causes us to see the world anew. The film concludes in Bangladesh amidst shipbreakers as enthralled by Hutton’s camera as we are by his images. (Andréa Picard)
Voted the best avant-garde film of the past decade by Film Comment magazine in 2010
With live music by Elisabeth Klinck & Oscar Claus
Elisabeth Klinck is a violinist from Ghent whose work balances between acoustic sounds, experimental electronics and improvisation. In her music, she constructs a landscape of expanding sounds that are constantly under tension.
Oscar Claus is a sound engineer, sound designer and producer. He studied documentary film at KASK. There, he quickly tended towards instinctive editing, DIY work forms and capturing atmospheres. Musically, this translates into electro-acoustic sound collages with field recordings, tapes and electronics. Together with Elisabeth Klinck, he recorded an album in the Spanish Pyrenees this winter.
Program curated by B.A.A.D.M.