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SOLD OUT | Sleep Has Her House

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)


Dir. Scott Barley | UK | 2017 | 90 mins

Enjoy a truly unique 'chill out' experience at EFFA, and take a moment to remember the beauty and stillness of the forest in the dark.

Stunning slow cinema film, Sleep Has Her House, will screen with a live musical accompaniment by classically trained pianist and composer, Rose Riebl, adding a new dimension to this atmospheric, narrative-free film. 

Lightning illuminates a pine forest, horses wait in the darkness, an owl watches. Shapes shift in a woodland clearing, lit by the bluish hue of the moon. Painterly visions of fantastic beauty capture a disorientating sense of the unreal. It’s hard to imagine a more exciting and distinctive feature debut for English visual artist Scott Barley, who here envelops nature in a cloak of impenetrable mystery, transcendental repose, and chilling expectation. With a few brushstrokes, Sleep Has Her House transports you to a place both familiar and strange. A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience, both intoxicating and profound, the film relies on minimal formal resources, ingenious camerawork, gentle movements and the compelling flow of time. Shot entirely on an iPhone, this is a symphonic and haunting piece of exquisite slow cinema, not-to-be-missed.

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Rose Riebl is a Melbourne based pianist, composer and producer. Rose has performed throughout Europe and has recently returned from an extensive Asian tour, performing in some of the leading concert halls.  Her self-produced shows Indigo Atlas and Nightsong sold out at Melbourne Music Week (2017) and Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017) and Nightsong was awarded ‘Best Music Performance’ at Melbourne’s Fringe Festival 2017.  Having recently returned from an artist residency in Crete (Greece) Rose is currently working on a musical reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone, to be premiered at Melbourne Music Week in November this year.  As well as this she is performing classical repertoire, writing for moving image and working on an album of minimalist, ambient piano music.  

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