Previously at the ICA - Films
18 Mar 2011 – 7 Apr 2011
Film of the Month ~ Dazed & Confused
'A mightily impressive debut' Little White Lies
A bold, patient and penetrating American drama that won the Best Director award at the Sundance Flm Festival. Filmed on location in the Mississippi Delta and employing non-professional cast members who had never acted before, the film approaches its story and themes—bereavement, isolation, fragile family ties—in such a way that tone and texture take the place of conventional drama. Director Lance Hammer starts from a place deep inside his characters and their surroundings; what emerges is the fully-felt story of two young men who have both withdrawn from society in different ways and the cautious mutual connection that brings them back. Ballast unfolds slowly and in a somewhat oblique style but it immerses you in the lives being lead, with British Director of Photography Lol Crawley (Better Things, Four Lions) finding both immensity and intimacy in the film’s defiantly ordinary everyday world.
Released by Axiom
Dir Lance Hammer, US 2008, 97 mins, cert tbc