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The landscape is alive. What amazes me about landscapes is their ability to recall within us a stillness, a silence, and a feeling of solitude. A mode in which we can indeed receive time. The perception of time is not identical from one culture to another. Some languages can make no explicit distinction between a story told in the past, present, or future tenses. There are cultures where it is common to locate actions in place but not in time; instead of saying `it was yesterday,’ you would say ‘it was in the mountains. The film Stones plays with our perception of time and space. We know that language shapes our world and worldviews. In this film, I try to show that by becoming part of a landscape, we can achieve a mode that relieves us from the imperative framing of language. I used the empty black lava landscape metaphorically for our inner landscape. It is a vast, open space in which memories, experiences, and ideas emerge and combine, dance together for a while, then vanish rapidly.

Performers: Janne Bless, Teri-Dee Rubery, Raimonds Bushmills 
Voice: Joost Schouten

Choir: Maartje Warmenhoven, Jesse
Camera: Jim van Woensel
Editing: Riekje Ziengs
Sounddesign: Peter Oskam
Grading: Barend Onneweer
Re-touch: Thijme & Szafrańska