The Plains

— 2022 Feature

Monaco

— 2015 Short Film

The Father

— 2011 Short Film

Ascension

— 2008 Short Film

Screenings

2022
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Tiger Competition / Rotterdam, the Netherlands / 26 Jan – 6 Feb
Cinéma du Réel / International Competition / Paris, France / 11 – 20 Mar
FICUNAM – Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM / International Competition / Mexico City, Mexico / 10 – 20 Mar
Art of the Real / Official Selection / Film at Lincoln Centre, New York, USA / 31 Mar – 7 Apr
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia / 10, 22 Apr
Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival / Meteors section / Belgrade, Serbia / 11 – 18 May
Sydney Film Festival / Official Selection / Sydney, Australia / 8 – 19 Jun
Transilvania International Film Festival / Documentary Competition / Cluj-Napoca, Romania / 17 – 26 Jun
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel / International Competition / Basel, Switzerland / 22 – 26 Jun
Dokufest International Documentary Film Festival / View from the World section / Prizren, Kosovo / 5 – 13 Aug
Melbourne International Film Festival / Official Selection / Melbourne, Australia / 4 – 21 Aug
Edinburgh International Film Festival / Postcards from the Edge section / Edinburgh, UK / 12 – 20 Aug
Hong Kong International Film Festival / Documentary Competition / Hong Kong, Hong Kong / 15 – 31 Aug
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival / Global Vision section / Paju & Goyang, South Korea / 22 – 29 Sep
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Return of the Tiger / Rotterdam, the Netherlands / 14 – 16 Oct
Film Fest Gent / Official Selection / Ghent, Belgium / 11 – 22 Oct
Human Rights Film Festival “Inconvenient Films” / International Competition / Vilnius, Lithuania / 8 – 30 Oct
Adelaide Film Festival / Documentary Competition / Adelaide, Australia / 19 – 31 Oct 

 

Awards

Bildrausch Filmfest Basel 2022 / Peter Liechti Award

Statement by jury member Norika Sefa:
This was an experience. A physical experience because of the unexpected freedom that I, as a viewer, felt in a film that upends conventional narrative expectations. It’s a film that requires the openness of the mind and the heart.
It’s a film that transports ideas, gives suggestions- and because of its rhythm, operating with slow and small reveals, it slowly engages you into an almost transcending frequency where even the most ordinary little movements, words, and looks start to have multiple layers and meaning.
This year the Peter Liechti Award – an award that aims to promote a daring, bold and independent cinematic attitude – goes to The Plains by David Easteal, a film that encourages a different relationship between the screen and the spectator and finds an interesting, subtle but strong way to combine the personal and the political.
It’s actually a film that challenges its own genre: it’s a road movie, but rushing to arrive nowhere particularly – instead it’s asking everyone to stop and breath, recall and remember.

Belfort International Film Festival Entrevues / Films en Cours post-production support prize

Jury Statement (Katell Quillévéré, Frédéric Busnel-Joncour, David Chaulier, Matthieu Deniau, Pierre Huot, Nicolas Naegelen and Morgan Pokée):
We have decided to give this award to a film which has caught us unawares, and has left a significant mark on us long after the screening. Seeing this first feature film we had this rare and special feeling of witnessing the birth of a great filmmaker who, by his confident choices and the strength of his eye, has transformed a 3 hour travel in the inside of a car into an amazing cinematographic experience and a dizzying meditation on the passage of time, all the while questioning our place as spectator today.