Archive of films Astika / Astika

United Kingdom
2006, 10 min

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Year: 2014

A Danish loner is forced to leave his home although he once looked forward to a time when the place would become even more engulfed by the landscape, and when birds, normally afraid of people, would rule the roost. A portrait of a unique individual and the environment that effortlessly mirrors the solitary foundation of his existence.


The main character of the biopic Astika is well aware that the mass of men will never understand him. Now they are forcing him to leave the place he has fundamentally become a part of, a place he treats with such respect that he won’t even enter certain areas. He will no longer be able to observe its natural development, which was to unfold as a gradual blending with the thriving landscape. This forlorn portrait investigates in like manner both the subject, whose lifestyle stands opposed to conventional expectations, and the place he inhabits and which embodies this unforced rebellion.


Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 141 2960

About the film

Color, 16 mm

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Director: Ben Rivers
Screenplay: Ben Rivers
Dir. of Photography: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
Producer: Ben Rivers
Contact: LUX


Ben Rivers

Film Director


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