Graminoids (2014) trailer



GRAMINOIDS will be available online for one month here (Jan 3- Feb 6 2017): http://labocine.com/film/108

REVIEWS //
“The Full Frame schedule is dotted with intriguing pairings of short and long films in one screening, none more intriguing than Graminoids and Devil’s Rope on Friday morning. Collecting six-minutes of black-and-white footage of wind blowing grass, Graminoids is what is called a ”sensory film” – one that gives a dynamic impression rather than dispensing information. Demelza Kooij and Lars Koens haven’t made a headlining film with Graminoids, but it’s one that I will find myself telling friends about later – and then futilely searching Netflix and the internet for henceforth.” Chris Vitiello, Carolina Theatre of Durham (Thu 9 Apr 2015)

“But for me the real highlight of the evening (and perhaps of the whole festival) was Demelza Kooij & Lars Koens’ Graminoids, a short black and white study of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. The visuals concentrate obsessively on the effect of wind and air currents moving through fields of grass, a stream of ever-changing unseen forces causing spirals, threads, waves, cycles and other patterns as well as arbitrary twists and sharp bends. The monochrome film found a parallel in the use of just treble and bass registers for the music, which blurred the distinction between natural and artificial sound, clarified occasionally in close-up shots with exquisite moments of music that seemed to emerge directly from a vibrating head of grass. One of the film’s most memorable images was when it abruptly, and briefly, switched away to a seemingly static shot of trees from above, their long shadows giving the impression that they were gazing directly at the sun. It was an amazing, breathtaking moment; Kooij & Koens are a pair to keep a close eye on.” Dr Simon Cummings, for 5:4 reviewing Electric Spring Festival (27 Feb 2017)

“This visual reverie of wind blowing through a field of grass is more interesting than it sounds. The documentary short combines mesmerizing long shots of the meadow’s undulations and tight shots of the individual strands of grass. A graceful respite, it needs no plot.” Indy Week (8 April 2015)

“Graminoids, in its silvery black and white cinematography made the invisible, visible as the wind passing over grass on Arthur’s Seat, appeared like the waves of a rough sea, in a piece in which image and sound are composed seamlessly together to rapturous effect.”Harriet Warman, Cinevue (June 2014)

PAST SCREENINGS //
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2014, UK
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2014, Canada
Zinebi, 2014, Spain
Ann Arbor Film Festival – Michigan, USA, 28 March 2015
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) – Glasgow, UK, Sat 14 March 2015
Go Short – Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 9 April 2015
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – North Carolina, USA, 10 April 2015
Ashland Independent Film Festival – Oregon, USA, 9, 11, 12, 13 April 2015
Alchemy Film Festival – Hawick, UK, Sun 19 April 2015
Madeira Film Festival – Funchal, Portugal, April 2015
Southern Alberta Art Gallery – Alberta, Canada, 7-9 May 2015
Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – Halifax, Canada, 12 June 2015
Whitechapel Gallery – London, UK, 9 July 2015
Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Conference – Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, 12-13 Aug 2015
Environmental Film Festival Australia – Melbourne Loop Bar, 8 Sept 2015
WNDX – Winnipeg, Canada, 26 Sept 2015
Imagine Science Films – New York, USA, 18 Oct 2015
WE Festival – Maastricht, The Netherlands, April 2016
Electric Spring – Huddersfield, UK, 23 February 2017

WINNER // Creative Edinburgh Awards, 2014, UK

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