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Sailcloth Press Kit

“Sailcloth by Elfar Adalsteins is a brilliant and poignant work that touches at the core of the human experience. Brilliantly acted and expertly realized, leaves little doubt that a new creative voice in world cinema has burst upon the scene.” – George T. Marshall-Chair of RIIFF Jury

“Sailcloth prevailed due to John Hurt’s humorous yet poignant performance, captivating visuals and soundtrack. Who knew a little film with no dialogue could deliver such a dramatic punch? I loved it.” – Federal Hill Gazette

“Were blown away by both the story and the acting in Sailcloth. While a sad and poignant story, it was so well done that it didn’t leave you depressed. It was our favorite short film at the festival.” – Warwick Beacon

“Hurt’s silent performance is a masterclass in wistful determination and gently shifting expression, while Karl Oskarsson’s imagery and Richard Cottle’s score perfectly complement the delicacy and poignancy of Adalsteins’s direction. A little gem.” – David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

“Running less than 20 minutes, Sailcloth leaves you wanting more.  A fantastically simple idea, gloriously realised.”– Seenit.co.uk

The imagery is powerful throughout. The film is entirely free from dialogue although it has a notable yet timeless score and it is to John Hurt’s credit that he delivers such a convincing performance – at times humorous, at times heart-rending – without uttering a single word.  With a running time of just 18 minutes, the film is short and yet not a moment is wasted. Sailcloth makes for engaging and emotional viewing. –Kamera.co.uk

“This a beautiful wordless short film with wonderful acting. John Hurt is such an amazing actor, which he has proved over his career. He further proves this by starring in this amazing short and without speaking a single word. That is something that very few people can do well. He simply nails it. It is very smartly written and directed by Elfar Adalsteins. He tells this amazing story so well in such a short period of time. It has some really beautiful cinematography courtesy of Karl Oskarsson. Overall such a beautiful and touching film. It is a must see! John Hurt better win many awards for this film.” – Media Mikes

“Sailcloth may be less that twenty minutes long and be a movie where there is no dialogue but it a truly moving piece of cinema.  And this is largely thanks to the stunning central performance by John Hurt.  Director Elfar Adalsteins should be applauded for the bold move that he made with this movie as he has produced a beautiful short.  This is a little gem of a movie and deserves all of the acclaim and awards attention that is coming it’s way.  Bravo for a bold and yet emotional piece of work.” – Female First, Helen Earnshaw

“I found watching Elfar Adalsteins’ Sailcloth a completely captivating experience. Adalsteins has enormous good fortune in his leading man as John Hurt delivers a powerful and soulful performance.”Jon Lyus, Heyuguys 

“Sailcloth is a ’tissues-at-the-ready’ inspirational tale. Hurt’s performance is most remarkable.  The film’s emotional pull is such that it’s already made the long list of nominees for the shorts category at next year’s Academy Awards. Expect it to have made the short list before the year is out.” – Timothy E Raw,  DVD Outsider

“Writer and director Elfar Adalsteins achieves a lot in a small amount of time clearly understanding the language of film and therefore producing an engaging and moving piece.  An endearing short film with a great central performance.” (by Hurt) – Kezia Tooby, Flickfeast

“Beautifully shot and with a star performance from John Hurt, Elfar Adalsteins’ short film Sailcloth could be sailing its way to the Oscars”. – Sarah Cooper, Screen Daily

“Adalsteins’ direction is assured and commands a steady, deft grip on a beautifully melodic film, he has managed to give us an understated but defiant encapsulation of the triumph of the human spirit, all in the space of just 20 short minutes.” – Jean Lynch – Up-Close Film

“In only 17 minutes, with no dialogue, the viewer is left feeling a range of emotions from happiness to loss, a feat that can only beachieved by a true piece of cinematic genius.” – John Hurt co.uk

“Sailcloth: John Hurt’s silent sea adventure.” – Tim Masters, BBC News

“For a film that has no words, it surely says a lot. Dialogue has been replaced with expressive acting and sounds, a testimony to the director (Elfar Adalsteins), the actor (John Hurt) and the composer (Richard Cottle). A must see short film that has genuinely struck at the heart.”– Darren Cheers, Huffington Post

‎”The film is entirely dependent on visual storytelling – and that is done majestically. And as cinema, it is a visual delight.”
Martin Chilton – The Telegraph

‎”John Hurt gives a performance that is a testament to the fact that he is one of the greatest actors still alive.” Jacklyn Rose – Celebrity Cafe 

“Though the film is short and void of dialogue, it manages to convey as much depth and poignant contrast as a full-length feature”. Barbara Chai – Wall Street Journal

“Sailcloth is a wonderfully tight little movie that unlike most short films actually moves.  Warm, poignant and ultimately uplifting, Sailcloth may just prove to be the little film that could this awards season.” – David Watson, Filmjuice

“Cinematographer Karl Oskarsson captures the story (Elfar Adalsteins Sailcloth) to perfection and composer Richard Cottle creates the matching score.  (Sailcloth) would be a welcomed (Academy) nominee.” – James A. Molnar, The Gold Knight


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