Sailcloth, the poignant 18 minute short film starring renowned actor John Hurt, was yesterday awarded the Director’s Choice for Best Short Film at the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona. This prestigious award is a great addition to the accolades the film has already received, having been awarded Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, receiving an International Cinematic Achievement Award at the Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival in Greece and being shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short.
The film, written and directed by Elfar Adalsteins, shares the poignant story of an elderly widower who sets in motion a series of events to hide his disappearance from a nursing home. After gathering necessities at the local fire station he heads to the pier where a beloved companion awaits him, ready for their last great journey.
Barbara Chai at the Wall Street Journal states “Though the film is short and void of dialogue, it manages to convey as much depth and poignant contrast as a full-length feature”, while Sarah Cooper at Screen Daily calls it “a gem of a film“. Jamie Paszkoat Filmslate Magazine says Sailcloth is “is a visually stunning, silent short that is as intriguing as the latest Hollywood blockbuster” whilst David Parkison from Empire Magazine says that “Hurt’s silent performance is a masterclass in wistful determination and gently shifting expression with the delicacy and poignancy of Adalstein’s direction. A little gem”.