Wood And Water – Preview

Fresh from winning the Compass Perspektive award at the Belin Film Festival, the first feature from director Joans Bak is set to get a national US release. The film, which has had a successful run on the festival circuit features New Space music composed by Brian Eno.

With seamless grace, German director Jonas Bak moves from the tall spires of the Black Forest to the teeming skyscrapers of Hong Kong in his tranquil, deeply moving feature debut. Newly retired from her church job, Anke dreams of spending time with her grown children—including her uncommunicative and elusive son, Max, who has been living for years in Hong Kong, and who is unable to join his mother and sister back in Germany due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests.

In a daring decision, Anke, though suffering from loneliness and loss, travels to Hong Kong to find Max and perhaps also herself. The people she encounters, and her experience of the city help her to break down the inner walls she constructed years ago, and make way for a new chapter in her life.
In his hushed, wholly original approach to this fish-out-of-water set-up, Bak constructs a gentle, ambiguous fable of becoming, shot on 16mm and featuring a wondrous, naturalistic performance by his own mother, Anke Bak.

Jonas Bak was born in Konstanz in 1985 and is now based in Freiburg. He studied film directing at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London in 2015, and then Hong Kong in 2018 to work as a freelance film director and director of photography. He has previously written and directed two short films, Wanderdrachen in 2016 and One And Many in 2017, both of which were screened at international film festivals including Molodist, Curtacinema Rio de Janeiro and Pacific Meridian. Wood And Water is his first feature film.

The film will screen in New York on the 24th of March followed by a national US release.

John McArthur
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