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489 Ratings

Two Years at Sea

Directed by Ben Rivers
United Kingdom, 2011
Avant-Garde, Documentary


Jake is a man who lives in isolation in the middle of the forest in remote Scotland. The film follows the character’s unconventional life, capturing moments of profound beauty. Jack is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally and living the radical dream he had as a younger man.

Two Years at Sea Directed by Ben Rivers

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2011 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2011 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film


2011 | Winner: CPH:DOX Award

In reaffirming the longstanding connection between experimental and documentary film, [Rivers’] work also represents a return to first principles. In his otherworldly dispatches from this very earth, we’re reminded of cinema’s eternal attraction to the real, and of the possibility that the fantastic exists within it.
July 23, 2013
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Rivers’s work owes more to Billy Bitzer than most gallery art contemporaries. As his subject has gone back to the basics, so has the artist returned to the childhood of the photographic miracle.
October 17, 2012
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The texture and tangibility of the handmade push up against a flimsy, weightless immaterial present, offering solitude, and just enough action to command attention. Creating a world out of time.
October 01, 2012
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