CANADA | 14 minutes | 2016

An old sea dog on a creaky salvage ship stirs the long-dormant passions of the captain’s wife in this visually arresting ode to desire.


Saturday October 8, 2016

Program #61
Cinémathèque - Salle Principale


Friday October 14, 2016

Program #230
Cinémathèque - Salle Fernand Seguin


Phillip Barker

No biography

FILMS – Written and Directed by Phillip Barker

Dredger 2015, 16.47 minutes, Colour, HD, 5.1

SCREENINGS World Premiere:
Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Toronto, Canada.

Malody 2012, 12.10 minutes, Colour, HD, 5.1

AWARDS Canada’s Top Ten, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Most Creative Film Award, 42nd Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal, Canada
Best Short Film, 14th International Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
LEO Short Film Music Award Nomination, 26th Braunschweig IFF, Germany
Honorable Mention, Flatpack Film Festival 2013, Birmingham, UK.
International Confederation of Arts Cinemas Award, 2013 Venice International
Short Film Festival
Hors Pistes / Centre Pompidou Award, 2013 Venice International Short Film Festival

SCREENINGS World Premiere:
58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Competition, Germany
18th Sarajevo Film Festival, International Competition, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Plan 10, Beunos Aires, Argentina Phillip Barker Retrospectiva May 11
VideoEx International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
Curtas Vila Do Conde International Film Festival, International Competition Portugal
Hangzhou Asian Film Festival, 2012, Hangzhou City, China
Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris
North American Premiere:
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012, Toronto, Canada
26th Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany
14th International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
56th British Film Institute London Film Festival, UK
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2013
25th Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondeim, Norway
Celebrating Canada’s Top Ten Screening, TIFF Lightbox Jan 6, 2013
PHI Center, Montreal Jan 24, 2013
8th Prague International Short Film Festival, Jan 20, 2013
Goethe-Institut: Canada in Germany March 12, 2013
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California Feb-March, 2013
14th Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona, April, 2013
35th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, International Competition, France
56th San Francisco International Film Festival, Golden Gates Awards Competition, CA, USA
Flatpack Film Festival 2013, Birmingham, UK
16th Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Eurocine, Festival de Cine Europeo en Columbia: Bogota, Medellin and Cali, Colombia 2013
Rooftop Films, New York City, June, 2013
Filmets Badalona Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, November, 2013
14th Circuito Off Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma de Montreal, Montreal, October, 2013
30th Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam, Holland, April 2014 Meme Pas Peur Festival International Film Festival, Réunion Island, Feb 2014
Off Screen Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
Macro Fest Cultural Festival, Panama City, Panama March 2014
International Film Festival of Hayah, Panama, April, 2014

COLLECTION In the distribution collection of the Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany
“Best of International Competition Oberhausen” 2013 Tour

BROADCAST Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ‘Reflections’ June 2013

Slow Blink 2010, 4.00 minutes, (original Super 8 and Holga Stills), Colour, HD

SCREENINGS Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland, The Netherlands, 2011
International Film Festival Breda, Netherlands, 2010
Live Art Dance Productions, Halifax Central, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 2010
The Box Salon, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2010
Fotografic, Plan 9, Prague, Czech Republic: Films by Phillip Barker. 2010

Appliance 2009, 6.00 minutes, Colour, HD (*Written by Semi Chellas)

Part of Little Films About Big Moments, a short film anthology.
BROADCAST Movie Central, The Movie Network

Night Vision 2008 (redux 2011), 19.30 minutes, HD, Colour, 5.1

AWARDS Best Cinematography, 2008 Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan

SCREENINGS Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, 2008
Toronto International Film Festival 2008
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2008 International Lab Competition
International Contemporary Culture Centre of San Sebastian, Spain 2008
Seattle International Film Festival 2008
Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan 2008

BROADCAST CBC ‘Reflections’ Sept. 2013, Canada

Regarding 2002, (16mm original), 4.22 minutes, B&W, HD, Stereo

SCREENINGS 2002-Present

‘Art House’ with Atom Egoyan and Peter Mettler, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2011
Performance Intermedia Festival, 2010, Szczecin, Poland
Cinemayence, 2004 Mainz, Germany
Goethe-Institut, 2003 Tallinn, Germany
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, International Competition, Germany 2003
Montreal Festival New Cinema New Media
Media Arts Festival Friesland, The Netherlands
Vila Do Conde Film Festival, Portugal
Toronto Arts Awards, Toronto, Canada
Directors Guild of Canada, Toronto, Canada
In the collection of Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany

Soul Cages 1999, 22 minutes, Colour, available 35mm (original) and HD, 5.1

AWARDS Genie Nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama
Best Canadian Short Film, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax
Best Film , Audience Choice Award, Local Heroes, Canada, Winnipeg, 2000
Best Cinematography, Short Film, Canadian Society of Cinematographers
In the collection of Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany

SCREENINGS Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (North American Premiere)
The Hamptons International Film Festival, New York, USA
Cinematheque Ontario, A.G.O. (Retrospective), Toronto, Canada
NFB / ONF ‘Best of ONF’ Mediatheque, Toronto, Canada
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, 2000, France (European Premiere)
Local Heroes Canadian Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Vila Do Conde Film Festival, Portugal
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
European Short Film Meet, Metz, France
Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada
Valladolid Film Festival, Spain
London Film Festival, Great Britain
Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Upsalla Film Festival, Sweden
Metz International Film Festival, France
Bristol Short Film Festival, Great Britain
Interfilm Kurzfilm Festival, Berlin, Germany
Anthology Film Archives, New York City, USA Cinémayence, Mainz, Germany
Droits de Regards, Mediatheque, Orleans, France
Durham Art Gallery –Drive-In Show, Durham, Canada
Museo Nacional Centro De’Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
La Enana Marron Theatre, Madrid, Spain
Festival Chileno-Internacional del Cortometraje/Santiago, Chile
Videoex International Experimental Film & Video, Zurich, Switzerland
Mexico City International Film Festival, Mexico
Institut Francais, Turin, Italy.

BROADCAST Canal +, France
SBS, Australia
CBC 'Reflections' Canada
ZDF / ARTE, Germany

A Temporary Arrangement 1996 35mm, 12 minutes, B & W, Mono

AWARDS 1996-98
Best Experimental Film, Melbourne International Film Festival
Best Experimental Film, Toronto Short Film Festival
Award of Merit, Chicago International Film Festival
In the collection of Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany

SCREENINGS 1996-Present
‘Art House’ with Atom Egoyan and Peter Mettler, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2011
Images Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2006
Anthology Film Archives, New York City 2006
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Canada
Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil
Montreal International Short Film Festival
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
Albany Film Festival, New York
Images Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 1996
Ste-Therese Film Festival, Quebec
Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada: Live score by 40 Fingers Saxophone Quartet
The Helsinki Film Coop, Sweden
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, Delaware
Main Film, Montreal, Canada
Struts Gallery, New Brunswick, Canada
Metro Cinema, Edmonton, Canada
Independent Film & Video Alliance Showcase, Ottawa
Institut Theatre, Frankfurt, Germany
Neutral Ground Gallery/ Sheridan College, Canada
Freunde Der Deutschen Kinemathek E.V., Germany
Padua Arci Nuova Associazione, Italy
El Fenakisticopio Itinerante, Spain
Cinemayence, Kunst & Film-Tag 03, Mainz, Germany
Kommunales Kino Aktionstag 03, Leverkusen, Germany

2004 TVO, Canada.

I Am Always Connected 1998 16mm, 5.30 minutes, B & W, Silent

SCREENINGS 1998-2015
Kamera: Beyond The Surface, Laborneunzehn, Berlin, Germany, 2015
University of Regina Film Studies
Performance Intermedia Festival, 2010, Szczecin, Poland
La Cinematheque de la Danse, Cinematheque Francaise, Paris.
Moving Pictures, Festival of Dance on Film, Toronto, and
tour: Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa, Pacific Cinematheque,
Vancouver, Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg.
The Images Festival, Toronto
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2000, Michigan

Selected INSTALLATIONS by Phillip Barker

Adoration Street 2008, University of Toronto Football Field, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

An 80’ long photograph of a suburban street in Toronto, six rear-projected films
upon the windows. A collaboration with director Atom Egoyan.

Critical Mass 2004 64 Steps Contemporary Art, Toronto

Film rear projected in a gallery storefront. A larger than life woman
scrutinizes and tracks the progress of people passing by the window.

5 Souls Released From Fetters 1998 Musee Regional de Rimouski, Quebec

Five 16mm film loops projected from the windows of a church situated upon
the banks of the St. Lawrence river. Backwards footage of various people as
they are submerged in water.

We Floated Down River Street 1996 Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina /
Mediatrics, Cold City Gallery, Toronto

Images of floating bodies were projected upon a model of a building while a
cello played notes through an underwater speaker.

Trial By Water 1992 EXPO ‘92, Seville, Spain

Video installation critical of Canada’s environmental protection policy played
upon the walls of a flooded camping tent within the Canada Pavilion’s reflecting pool.

Campos Magneticos 1991 ARCO International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

A man, a woman, a bicycle and an accordion were suspended by wires upon
a 40’ outdoor film screen in a parking lot, with a live band, original composition.

Magnetic Fields 1989 Gallery 76, Toronto

Ten performers, including a trapeze artist, a mountain climber and an
accordion player were suspended upon a 40’ vertical screen stretched over a
three-story Victorian house. The performers ‘inhabited’ painted landscapes that
were projected from across the street.

*Trust A Boat 1986 Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, (Holland), Toronto, Peterborough, (Canada)

Nine 16mm films were rear projected upon nine windows of a three story building.
Nine people performed in the windows. The audience were on the street.
The performance toured Holland and Canada with a total of 23 shows.

distribution and credits

  • Cinematographer Kris Belchevski
  • Screenplay Phillip Barker
  • Cast Ryan Granville-Martin, Alex Paxton-Beesley


  • We The Ravenous
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