The Weight Of Elephants is the debut feature of Daniel Joseph Borgman, a New Zealander who lives between Europe and the country he grew up in, New Zealand.

Daniel has forged a unique path as a New Zealand filmmaker, making his films both there and in Europe. The films are influenced by both environments and film-making histories, and he has gained recognition for his emerging talent at the most prestigious festivals in the world. He has been innovative with approach and format, but the films all share a mature sensitivity and strong visual aesthetic.

 His first film The Man and The Albatross is remarkable for the arresting visuals on a small budget and premiered at ‘The Leopards of Tomorrow’ Competition at Locarno 2008. His second film Lars and Peter is a sensitively told drama and screened In Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2009.

His next short film Berik, is a remarkable and confronting film shot in Kazakstan with a small crew. This film was selected for Critics Week at Cannes 2010 and won the Grand Prix for ‘Best Short Film’. The film was also nominated for the European Film Academy Award in 2011.

The Weight of Elephants is a co-venture between the New Zealand Film Commission and the Danish Film Institute and Film i Väst with support from the Invercargill City Council and Southern Institute of Technology. It is the first unofficial co-production between the two countries.


Technical Info: 
35mm, DCP, HD Cam SR, 1:85, Colour
Production Year: 
2013 Berlin International Film Festival - Forum and Generation; Goteburg International Film Festival (Sweden); Transilvania Internatilnal Film Festival (Romania); Galway International Film Festival (Ireland); Guanajuato International Film Festival (Mexico); Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia); EspooCine International Film Festival (Finland); Lubeck Film Festival (Germany); Seoul International Film Festival (South Korea); Vladivostok Internatioal Film Festival (Russia); Vlissingen, Film by the Sea (The Netherlands); BFI London Film Festival (London); Vladivostok International Film Festival (Russia); Vlissingen, Film by the Sea (Netherlands); Katowice Ars Independent Film Festival (Poland); 31st Festival International de Cinema Jeunesse de Rimouski (Canada); Mumbai Film Festival –Above the Cut (India); Sao Paulo Film Festival (Brazil); Kiev Molodist International Film Festival (Ukraine); Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain); Bergen International Film Festival (Norway); Geneva International Film Festival – Tous Ecrans (Switzerland); Denver Film Festival (USA); Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum (Lithuania); Talinn Black Nights – Just Film Festival (Estonia);
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