Brothers Jack and Louis live with their ailing mother Bess somewhere on the border between Mississippi and Louisiana. Bess' death is imminent; her boys take to the woods to hunt her a deer and spend a few final moments of intimacy with the woman who bore them. After Bess passes, the boys embark with her coffin downriver. Mud, insects and the humming humid landscape permeate an arduous journey to honor a woman's final request.
Steeped in the landscape of the Southern gothic, Two Gates of Sleep is a stunning meditation on family, nature, tradition and death. Alistair Banks Griffin's first feature premiered at Cannes' Quinzaine des réalisateurs, BFI London, Tokyo, São Paulo and CPH:PIX, where it won the New Talent Grand Prix.