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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers

(p.116) Ben Rivers
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Ben Rivers. Rivers's debut feature Two Years At Sea (2011) received the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival. The film follows a man who has chosen to live alone in a ramshackle house in the middle of the forest. The interview covered topics such as the meaning of the film's title and its significance; the reasons why Rivers favors different film stocks and hand-processing; the black and white photography and the sense of silence that pervades throughout Two Years At Sea; how the film's immaculate ending was achieved; and how Rivers found the transition from shorter pieces to the feature-length format of Two Years at Sea.

Keywords:   Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking

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