An interview with Nick Parish, the director of "The Old Man and The Land", interviewer Nikolaj Nikitin
"His creative journey took an unexpected turn as he began documenting his work of sculpture and furniture design through film, igniting a passion for the moving image. At its core, his work is an exploration of the human condition, delving deep into what it means to be human through the lens of his camera.
An old farmer works his land like he always has, season after season, though his powers are now waning. We witness a tense family conflict between a father and his two adult children.
Parish explains that the narrative of the film initially started from wanting to tell a story about his strange relationship with his parents. He hoped that through filming his uncle on the farm, he would start to get to know him and find the story he was looking for. ""When we grow up, we start to realize we don't know our parents that well - they feel like strangers."" The director wanted to lose all visual cues and associations and place the viewer entirely in the role of a character from the film. To achieve this, the narrative of the film is told only by words and sounds, which allows the audience to embody and therefore relate to the roles more deeply.
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