SUN DOG

Director:

Dorian Jespers

20'

2020

Belgium

Fedor is a young locksmith in Murmansk, a frozen city in the obscurity of the Russian Arctic, who's dreams are corroding his relation to reality and opening a door to a phantasmagoric universe.

“Created via the refraction of hexagonal ice particles, a sun dog is an atmospheric optical phenomenon where the sun appears to be flanked by two or more smaller suns. In Dorian Jesper’s graduate film, the sun dog could just as much refer to Fedor, a harangued and belittled locksmith roaming the frozen streets of Murmansk, searching for something that will elevate him beyond his surreally hostile and oppressive environment. This is where the beauty of Jespers film lies, in its intricately crafted tension between the quotidian and the fantastical, where the conventions of both fiction and documentary wholly evaporate, leading to a finale that’s breathtaking in its audacious, life-affirming beauty.”
— Tom Grimshaw

Showing in event:

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

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