THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS

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New Zealand – Denmark – Sweden – France - Germany / 2013 / 87 min / DCP / colour / Drama

Script & direction : Daniel Joseph Borgman


Cinematography : Sophia Olsson
Editing : Molly Malene Stensgaard
Music : Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Production :  Leanne Saunders, Katja Adomeit
Cast : Demos Murphy, Angelina Cottrell, Matthew Sunderland, Catherine Wilk

 
Official selection Ecrans Juniors, Cannes Cinéphiles 2014

 

 

Adrian, 11, abandoned by his parents at an early age, lives with his Gran and his damaged Uncle Rory in a quiet, little New Zealand town. When three children go missing in a neighbouring town, everything in Adrian’s world begins to change. His best friend, Clinton, forsakes him for the cool boys at school, his uncle starts acting even weirder than ever and a mysterious family moves in across the street. Adrian finds a friend in his new neighbour, Nicole, 11, a wild, strange young girl with a mysterious past, but he struggles to maintain a foothold in a world where the ground beneath him is constantly shifting. Adrian looks for those around him to provide him with safety and stability, but what he discovers is that the strength that he is looking for can only come from within.

Daniel Joseph Borgman

He studied film science at Otago University in New Zealand before moving to Europe where he worked in post-production, first as an assistant and later as a colourist and VFX artist. His first short film "The Man and The Albatross" is remarkable for the arresting visuals on a small budget and premiered at ‘The Leopards of Tomorrow’ Competition at Locarno 2008. His second short film "Lars and Peter" is a sensitively told drama and screened In Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2009. In 2009 Daniel was admitted into the Danish Alternative film school Super16 (www.super16.dk). His next short film "Berik" was selected for Critics Week at Cannes 2010 and won the Grand Prix for ‘Best Short Film’.

 


 

 

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