sleep furiously

Gideon Koppel | 2008 | ★★★★
Koppel spent eight months in the small farming community of Trefeurig, Mid Wales, making this remarkable, elegiac cinepoem, in which farm work, the travels of a mobile library, and the general everyday lives of an ageing population drift in and out of each other, as fears about the closure the village school gradually grow. Mixing awe-inspiring landscape photography with more mundane – but no less absorbing – everyday human activity, the film delicately paints a portrait of an idyllic rural lifestyle, whilst also hinting at the nefarious presence of the "progress" that threatens to bring it to an end.