Andrew Kötting – Earthworks Trilogy
Following his exhibition at Towner Art Gallery last year, Andrew Kötting returns to Eastbourne to present a rare opportunity to see his Earthworks trilogy in its entirety. Andrew will be with us all day, introducing each film, before being joined by Jason Wood (Artistic Director of Film at HOME in Manchester) for an extended Q&A after the final part of the trilogy, Lek and the Dogs. Tickets are available for the whole triple bill and each individual film.
This Filthy Earth
2001, Rated 15, 106m
A tragic tale of rural passion and survival, inspired by Emile Zola’s novel La Terre and John Berger’s Pig Earth. The film tells the story of sisters Kath and Francine, whose lives are disrupted by two men – a brutal villager greedy for the girls’ land and a gentle stranger who offers the possibility of escape. Amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition, events unfurl which threaten their sibling bond.
“A work of such raw tactility and tangible physicality you can almost feel the straw dogs mud between your toes. A unique and brilliant cinematic talent” ★★★★★ – The Observer
2009, Rated 15, 88min. French with English subtitles
Set in the French Pyrenees, Ivul is an intriguing family drama in which the intense relationship between teenage siblings Alex and Freya incurs the rage of their authoritarian father. After a huge quarrel, Alex climbs onto the roof of the house and vows never again to set foot on the earth. He lives out a brief and dramatic life in exile looking down upon a family that he loves but is too stubborn to return to.
“There is no one quite like Andrew Kotting working in British cinema today. Actually, there’s no one quite like Andrew Kotting in cinema anywhere. He’s a one-man awkward squad, a restless energy-magician who makes other film makers, arthouse or mainstream, seem like lily-livered dilettantes. Ivul is a brilliant and tantalising drama about the hopeful-but-haunted ways we come up with to stumble through life” ★★★★★ – Sunday Telegraph
Lek and the Dogs
2017, Rated 15, 92 min. English and Russian with English Subtitles.
Based on the award-winning play by Hattie Naylor and inspired by the true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his apartment at the age of four and spent two years on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs. With trace elements of Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Kötting’s spellbinding and utterly original story of survival draws on home movies and archive to produce a montage essay on the state of the world.
“Andrew Kötting is British cinema’s great vatic mystifier. He specialises in weird “documentaries” of free-association psychogeography. He made Gallivant, Swandown and Edith’s Walk. In a more conventional style — though with Kötting all terms are relative — he made the fiction dramas This Filthy Earth and Ivul” ★★★★★ – Financial Times
These screenings are taking place as part of CINECITY Film Festival 2018, 9-25 November. To see the full programme, visit their website: http://www.cine-city.co.uk/