Archive of films Reflections in the Dust / Reflections in the Dust

2018, 74 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2018

Eluding easy genre categorization, the film captures two characters, an aging clown and his daughter, in their oppressive microcosm full of aggression, loathing, fear, and anger. The visually spellbinding approach relies on a daring concept that aims to continually agitate and thereby create a uniquely rich viewing experience.


“I don’t believe in love because I’ve never seen it,” responds a young woman to an unseen interviewer in the first few minutes of the movie. This bleak portrait of loneliness and social exclusion is set on the edge of a desolate swamp where an aging clown and his daughter are struggling to survive. The location could be the end of the world, a place where hope has vanished along with a belief in the afterlife and the existence of God. The two unfortunates live together without the likelihood of change, as fear, aggression, and anger take hold of them – but they also experience sudden moments of tenderness. The bold creative approach relies on claustrophobic camerawork, the physicality and animality of the performances, and a disturbing soundtrack to create an unsettling yet uniquely rich viewing experience.

Hubert Poul

About the director

Luke Sullivan

Luke Sullivan. Filmography: Bad Luck, Paddy (2014), The Superior Man (2014), You’re Not Thinking Straight (2016), Reflections in the Dust, 2017


Sonder Pictures
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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
World premiere

Section: Imagina
Director: Luke Sullivan
Screenplay: Luke Sullivan
Dir. of Photography: Ryan Barry-Cotter
Music: Dylan Sullivan
Editor: Shaun Smith
Art Director: Phillip Rowe
Producer: Luke Sullivan, Giovanni De Santolo, Carla Sullivan
Production: Sonder Pictures
Cast: Sarah Houbolt, Robin Royce Queere
Sales: LevelK
Contact: Sonder Pictures


Luke Sullivan

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