Archive of films Frozen / Frozen
2004, 90 min
Section: Another View
Sometimes it’s worse finding someone than losing them. A surreal, poetic story about two sisters, about the transience of existence, the inexplicability of loss, and about the dangers awaiting someone when hope turns into an obsession.
“Hope, even though generally celebrated as a positive emotion, can, in fact, be very destructive.... Even in today’s pragmatic, quantified world, mysteries exist that are beyond our understanding,” states Juliet McKoen, writer and director of a work inspired by real events. Kath is hounded by images of ice and water. These shots function as flashbacks, very similar to those experienced by people suffering from posttraumatic stress; they also serve as a visualisation of her emotional disposition. Kath lost her sister Annie two years ago: Annie disappeared on her way home, shortly after leaving the fish processing factory where both sisters worked. Kath gets hold of a video recording taken by a security camera, which captures Annie’s last movements. She is convinced that Annie is trying to find her, just as she is trying to find Annie. Kath needs to know whether life after death exists. Will she find Annie? And what actually happened to her?
About the director
Juliet McKoen trained as a film editor after graduating from university. She worked for Channel 4, BBC2 and the Arts Council of England; she has also made her own experimental short films, awarded at various international festivals. She then studied scriptwriting; her prize for winning the Script Factory/DNA First Draft Competition was a place in the Carlton TV Drama Screenwriting Course. Her first screenplay, for Mermaids and Money Troubles, has recently been commissioned a children’s book. In 1997 she formed her own company, Shoreline Films, which is today a recognised production centre. In 2000 she made the short feature Mavis and the Mermaid, which took the Kodak/BAFTA Award and the Golde Special Jury Award at Houston’s WorldFest. Another film, Blood Sisters, won the Gold Prize at Houston. Frozen (2004) is her feature debut.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Screenplay:||Juliet McKoen, Jayne Steel|
|Dir. of Photography:||Philip Robertson|
|Production:||RS Productions,Shoreline Films, koprodukce/coproduction: Freedonia Films, Zentropa|
|Cast:||Shirley Henderson, Roshan Seth, Richard Armitage, Ralf Little, Ger Ryan, Jamie Sives|
|Contact:||RS Productions, TrustNordisk|