After preparing for their mother’s imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
ALISTAIR BANKS GRIFFIN was born in England 1978 and raised in New Orleans, studied painting, film and art history at Rhode Island School of Design.
In 2008 Mr. Griffin’s short film GAUGE premiered at the New York Film Festival. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Cinereach grant. His feature debut, TWO GATES OF SLEEP competed for the Camera D’Or when it premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and has screened in numerous international festivals and museums and will be released theatrically in the US in spring 2011 and was produced by Borderline Films and Andrew F. Renzi. Most recently Griffin was commissioned to produce and photograph the installation film HALF MAST/FULL MAST for the Gladstone artists Allora & Calzadilla which will be a centerpiece in the American Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale and is in development on an film adaptation of the novel OYSTER with co-creator of HBO’s Treme, Eric Overmyer and a mini-seires based on Hernan Cortes’s translator Geronimo de… read more
The down-tempo pace and relatively dry plot, forces the attention towards the transcendental conflicts happening in the film. The emphasis is not placed as heavily on the journey of the two brothers, specifically Corbet's character, rather on the relation of their journey to the world that surrounds them. At the end, Griffin asks us to question if free-will is actually in the hands of man, or nature.