20 - 25 November 2012
Two Years at Sea

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Feature Films

Two Years at Sea
Ben Rivers
United Kingdom, 2011
16 mm | 86 min | BW | No dialogue

Production: Maggie Ellis, Rose Cupit, João Trabulo
Screenplay: Ben Rivers
Photography: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
Sound: Chu-Li Shewring

Contact: [email protected] +44 2075033980

Feature Films


A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes out walking whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting on a loch. He lives frugally in all seasons, passing the time doing strange projects, living the radical dream he had as a younger man, a dream he spent two years at sea to realise.


Ben Rivers (Somerset, 1972) studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art. His work has been exhibited at many international film festivals and galleries. His films include This Is My Land (2006), Ah, Liberty! (2008) and I Know Where I'm Going, all in competiton at past editions of l'Alternativa. Two Years at Sea is his debut feature film.


FIPRESCI Prize - Venice Film Festival 2011
Mención Especial - Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2011
Dox Award - CPH:DOX 2011