Some Kind of Intimacy - 2021

Some Kind of Intimacy - 2021

A filmmaker tries to communicate with sheep living where his parents are buried.

– edited and produced by Isidore Bethel / directed and produced by Toby Bull

– Visions du Réel, Sundance Film Festival: London, Short Waves Festival, First Look (Museum of the Moving Image), Pärnu Film Festival, DokuFest, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, Tirana Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Festifreak La Plata International Independent Film Festival, Viennale, RIDM, Leeds International Film Festival, Kassel Dokfest, Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival, Swiss Air’s Flying Film Festival, İzmir International Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Angers European First Film Festival, FIPADOC, British Shorts Film Festival, In the Palace International Short Film Festival (Bulgaria), Vilnius International Film Festival (Kino Pavasaris), Filmfest Dresden, Atlanta Film Festival, Dokfilm Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, IndieLisboa, Rooftop Films Summer Series, Palm Springs International Shortsfest, Short Waves Short Film Club (Poznan and Krakow), FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival

– Best Documentary Short at Zinebi Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Young Canvas Best International Short Film Award at Black Canvas Contemporary Film Festival, Special Mention for Best International Short at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Special Mention at Cork International Film Festival

– streaming on Tënk

– 6 minutes

Screen Anarchy: “Toby Bull achieves some kind of intimacy or the fraternity of orphanhood in less than six minutes with his wonderful short film ‘Some Kind of Intimacy.’”
ForReel Movies: “At less than 6 minutes long, director Toby Bull’s ‘Some Kind of Intimacy’ packs a potent dose of emotional value into a short runtime.”
FilmExplorer: “This minimalist film is huge, for it seizes a just intuition, a sort of vision.”
The Reel Therapist: “Along with offscreen dialogue, the images spark a fascinating cinematic experience that plays out in your head.”
Magazine.HD: “The notion that these animals are treading on the dead in some kind of frightening cosmic imbalance creates a strange sensation for viewers.”
Bilbao IFDSF Jury Statement: “A film with a wonderfully precise grasp of what to show and what not to show, what should be heard and what shouldn’t: brown leaves on wet grass, two horns colliding, the need for time away, the date of birth on a gravestone. Life and death are as inscrutable as animal and human.”
Cork IFF Jury Special Mention: “We have decided to give a special mention to point out a lovely example of simple, subtle, and even humorous interpretation of something as big and serious as the matter of life and death.”
Start’in Blog interview with Toby Bull: “I found myself face to face with a cow, standing next to the cemetery. The animal was staring at me, and that’s when I started to wonder if cows were aware of their surroundings, if they’d experienced the pain of losing a loved one, if they’d felt emotional attachment. I’d originally wanted to make a film about the life cycle of a cow, but when I came back, that cow was gone. Only the sheep were still around.”