The Weight of Elephants

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    The Weight of Elephants

    Das Gewicht der Elefanten

    Directed by

    New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden

    2013

    87 min

    • English

    Drama

    Adrian’s isolation manifests itself in his fantasies: He is king of an underwater world, where reflections of crystal glasses on the walls mimic those in the water, where simple fabrics are transformed into precious ones as if by magic. His playful, dreamy imagination distracts him from everyday life, for the reality he lives in could not be more different. Neither his chronically depressed uncle nor his overworked grandmother understand the ten-year-old’s games. His mother abandoned him when he was very young and he is bullied at school. Just as news arrives that three children are missing, a new family moves in next door. Adrian develops a close relationship to their tomboyish, ten-year-old daughter Nicole and believes he is getting close to solving the mystery of the missing children. New Zealand forms the backdrop for this universal story for adults and those who have never wanted to grow up. It is a story about friendship and loneliness, emotions which Adrian already feels so poignantly as a child. The Danish first-time director’s expressive visual language dramatically merges water and air, reality and a hint of fantasy.

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    Cast
    Demos Murphy
    Matthew Sunderland
    Catherine Wilkin
    Angelina Cottrell
    Hannah Jones
    Finn Holden
    Courtney Luskie
    Jimmy Knapp
    Regan Van Brecht
    Screenplay
    Daniel Joseph Borgman
    Cinematography
    Sophia olsson
    Editing
    molly malene Stensgaard
    Music
    Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
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    Daniel Joseph Borgman

    Daniel Joseph Borgman

    New Zealand

    Daniel Borgman has forged a unique path as a New Zealand filmmaker, making his films both there and in Europe. The films are influenced by both environments and filmmaking histories, and he has gained recognition for his emerging talent at the most prestigious festivals in the world. He has been innovative with approach and format, but the films all share a mature sensitivity and strong visual aesthetic. His films have premiered in Cannes and Berlin.

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