The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

Ben Rivers

Feature Film

THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS is a labyrinthine and epic film that moves between documentary, fiction and fable. Shooting against the staggering beauty of the Moroccan landscape, from the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains to the stark and surreal emptiness of the Moroccan Sahara, with its encroaching sands and abandoned film sets, a director abandons his film set descending into a hallucinatory, perilous adventure of cruelty, madness and malevolence. A Paul Bowles story combined with observational footage forms a multi-layered excavation of the illusion of cinema itself.

UK Release:


6 May - 8 June 2016

Various cities

Full details and listings here



Festivals include:


Locarno Film Festival 2015 (World Premiere)

Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (North American Premiere)

Vancouver International Film Festival 2015

53rd New York Film Festival 2015

BFI London Film Festival 2015



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Film specifications:

Colour, 98 mins, 35 mm. Sound: 5.1 .  Arabic/ Spanish/ French with English subtitles.




Written and Directed by Ben Rivers

Featuring Oliver Laxe

Producer Jacqui Davies


Executive Producers Michael Morris, Cressida Hubbard, Lizzie Francke

Co-Producer Ben Rivers


Director of Photography Ben Rivers

Editor Ben Rivers

Co-Editor Benjamin Mirguet

Supervising Sound Editor Philippe Ciompi

1st Assistant Director Lina Laraki


Featuring Oliver Laxe




This Ben Rivers film project was originally commissioned through Open 2013 by Artangel in association with BBC Radio 4. Read more here