Buried Land

World Premiere

USA, U.K., Bosnia and Herzegovina | 86 MINUTES | English, Bosnian |

BURIED LAND

Drama

An inventive hybrid of fiction and documentary, Buried Land takes us on a journey to Visoko, a town in Bosnia that claims that beneath its three surrounding mountains lies the most extraordinary discovery of our age: A valley of ancient pyramids predating Egypt. The people of Visoko are energized by the prospect of having a new cultural identity to promote—one that has no connection to the recent memories of war—and a tourist industry begins to bloom with the news of the pyramids' still-unconfirmed existence. It is amid this furor that an American film crew arrives to make a film with the help of a young émigré, Emir, who is returning to his native land for the first time since he fled during the war. Controversy mounts as the townspeople fear they'll be portrayed by the American director like the people of Kazakhstan in Borat, and Emir develops a kinship with an attractive tourist agent.

Mirroring its own vacillation between fact and fiction, Buried Land depicts a town full of people caught between the real and the imagined. Fittingly, then, directors Steven Eastwood and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes (who "plays" the movie-within-a-movie's director) seek to determine the role of faith in capturing what can not yet be proven, and they constantly challenge our perceptions of the difference between what we know to be real and what in our hearts we can only hope is real.


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Steven Eastwood, Steven Eastwood, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes

Geoffrey Alan Rhodes' experimental films have been exhibited internationally. He directed the award-winning educational documentary Made Over In America and makes his feature fiction debut with Buried Land.

Steven Eastwood's previous films include Seminar in Film Sound (2008), Of Camera (2003), and Those Who Are Jesus (2001), which was nominated for a Grierson documentary award. Buried Land is his first feature.
Screenwriter
Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Steven Eastwood, Dženan Medanovic
Composer
Christopher Branch, Tom Haines
Producer
Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Steven Eastwood
Director
Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Steven Eastwood
Director of Photography
Christopher Ernst
Editor
Alice Powell
Production Manager
Natalie Brady
Primary Cast
Emir Z. Kapetanovic, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Avdija Buhic, Amir (Zombi) Suša, Goran Cakic, Semir Osmanagic
Line Producer, Bosnia
Zlatan Hrvacevic

CONTACTS

Producer/Director
Sophie Venner
CLE Ltd.
London, NW10 5DJ
Phone: + 44 7775688878
sophievenner@gmail.com