Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Intimate Distances + Q&A

Director Phillip Warnell, 2020, Country UK, USA , Duration 61, Previous Festivals & Awards Visions du Reel, Date Event has passed

In Intimate Distances, legendary casting director Martha Wollner traverses the streets of Queens, New York City in search of an actor to play a criminal in a film. As she asks potential candidates the same set of deceptively simple questions, a straightforward setup sparks a series of fascinating and compassionate encounters between strangers. Reminiscent of surveillance imagery, cinematographer Jarred Alterman’s long-lens photography creates a sense of distance, whilst the close-miked audio conversely feels too close for comfort. Through its subtle tensions and dichotomies, Phillip Warnell’s incisive film examines how we live in public—raising complex questions about how we relate to social, urban and cinematic spaces.

UK Premiere

Screens with: A Crowd
Yeonu Ju | 2020 | South Korea | 14’

Screening includes a Q&A with director Phillip Warnell, hosted by Elena López Riera.

Read an essay about Intimate Distances by Maeve Connolly.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.