Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness

  • 68'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2007
Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness is an absurdist musical travelogue. It follows Vincent, a solitary young man, as he rides on his moped through a deserted mountain region. His mission is to heal the loneliness of the few isolated inhabitants by introducing a mobile disco to the region. Driven by messianic determination and an addiction to petrol fumes, he struggles to keep his disintegrating vision afloat amidst the hostile landscapes and stubborn indifference of the locals.
Vincent is in a state of continual struggle with the realities of rural Scotland, with its vast barren landscapes and the unshakeable contentment of its inhabitants. His idiosyncratic wit, his eloquence and his heartbreakingly poignant pop songs create a cosmos in itself. The director tries to explore both the state of mind of the local people and create a portrait of a tormented dreamer. The film itself is designed in parallel - as a foolish and utopian enterprise amidst the bland conventions of industrial film production.
Laurin Federlein’s feature debut is a film about the joy of music and the yearning for the elevation and ecstasy of art. It is also a melancholy statement about the solitude of a visionary mind and a trip to a reality which we have already forgotten exists. (LC)
Director
Laurin Federlein
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
68'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producer
Laurin Federlein
Production Company
National Film & Television School (NFTS)
Sales
National Film & Television School (NFTS)
Screenplay
Laurin Federlein, Magnus Aronson
Cinematography
Sadik Ahmed
Editor
Bert Hunger
Sound Design
Jonas Bjerketvedt, Jon Newman, Alex Ashcroft
Music
Magnus Aronson
Cast
Magnus Aronson