In this absurdist take on the hero's journey, the filmmaker plays the role of a woman artist in pursuit of inspiration. At once emboldened and tormented by her own creative ambition, her artistic and cinematic predecessors, and even by her DP, she careens through a cavalcade of cultural influences before erupting in a deceptively charming slapstick routine.
Scenes like one of the artist giving an earnest interview with confetti stars covering her Vaseline-smothered face, or directing an invisible Bruce Willis to deliver his famous line from "Die Hard" with more nuance, are framed by Brechtian interludes that reveal the cinematographer helping set up the slapstick shots. As the cinematographer invariably assumes an ambiguous position of authority in the narrative, the artist's antagonistic relationship with the spectacle of vulnerability and amusement begins to unfold.
Concept, Director, Performer: Irina Arnaut
Additional Appearances by: Justin Drobinski
Director of Photography: Justin Drobinski
Sound Clips from: "Die Hard," 1988, dir. John McTiernan, Twentieth Century Fox
© Irina Arnaut, 2013