Open City Documentary Festival

Becoming Animal + Q&A + Party (2018)

Emma Davie, Peter Mettler
Switzerland, UK
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Curzon Soho

In this immersive, visually inventive film, directors Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) journey into Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park with philosopher and cultural ecologist David Abram, searching for the liminal spaces where humans and animals meet. Challenging our human-centric view of the natural world, this subversive nature film uses cinema’s sensory tools to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, proposing—through expressionistic visuals and stimulating narration—that a better balance can be achieved. An essay film unlike any other, Becoming Animal is a sublime sensorial experience and an inspiring, intellectual one too.

+ Q&A, with directors Emma Davie and Peter Mettler.

Screens with:
The Other Side | Eleanor McDowall & Laura Barton | 2018 | UK | 5’

The writer Laura Barton tells a story about love, a moonlit trip to the river and eels.

Skywards | Eva Weber | 2018 | UK | 5’

Skywards takes the viewer on a journey into the world of pigeon flying high above the bustling and crowded streets of Old Delhi.

If you like this…

On Thursday 6th September, book for Co-Production Case Study: Becoming Animal at the festival hub.

Supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

Scottish filmmaker Emma Davie previously directed I Am Breathing – winner of Scottish BAFTA for Best Director – and Canadian/Swiss filmmaker Peter Mettler has directed The End of Time, Gambling Gods & LSD and Picture of Light, amongst others. Both directors are interested in the experiential nature of film and how the screen can make us aware of the act of perception.