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The Corridor at the Parnu Film Festival (Kran Film Collective)

Kran Film Collective

The Corridor at the Parnu Film Festival

a film by Sarah Vanagt
winner of the 1st Prize at the Courtisane Film Festival in Gent
on 4 and 10 July at the 25th Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia (4-24 July, 2011)

The Corridor, 7min, 2010


For five days Sarah Vanagt and cinematographer Annemarie Lean-Vercoe followed a donkey during its weekly visits to old people in nursing homes in England. From home to home, from room to room. Time and again the donkey was welcomed with open arms, with songs, gentle strokes, childhood stories, poems, and laughter. It was only when the donkey entered the room of Norbert, a man who had lost his ability to speak, that an altogether different encounter took place..

Even though Vanagt initially followed the donkey‘s steps in search of reminiscences brought about by the animal’s mute presence, she came home with an altogether different film. While editing, the film became shorter and shorter, as if the words that had accompanied the donkey’s visits became a distraction. What is left is perhaps a bas-relief disguised as a painting, disguised as a film.

The donkey visits to residential homes are an initiative of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, England.