A few months back I posted the French version of this, because Emma indicated that restrictions imposed by some of the festivals she’d entered it in might prevent her from sharing the English version for a while. But in a discussion of filmmaking approaches at the forum, she mentioned that she had in fact been able to post it, as you can see. Again, this won the Public Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2010 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Visit Emma’s website for more
This is the French version of the film that just won the Public Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2010 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Emma Passmore is a British writer, director, and poet, and Breathe was one of 26 films screened this year, out of more than 900 submitted.
Evidently restrictions imposed by some of the festivals it’s been entered in will prevent Breathe from being shared online for another year, but here’s what Emma wrote on Vimeo for the French version:
Using super 8mm footage I originally shot on the London Underground 13 years ago, which captured commuters unawares as they made their way to and from work. The new voice over is a poem which describes the effect of modern life – sucking up time and energy, when all one wishes for is time to breathe; time to live. I aimed to create an evocative piece concerned with longing, hope, history and soul.
The other awards handed out in Berlin yesterday are listed on the website.