Dancing lobster, flying knife... The mysteries of love, creativity, war and death played out by the items of a dinner table-come-to-life!
Official Selection at the New Cinema Festival (FNS), Montreal, Exground Film Festival, Wiestbaden, Germany, Message to Man Film Festival, Moscow and the National Screen Institute Short Film Festival.
A still life comes to motion turning the lives of objects upside down. Vanitas means vanity. In Art History it is known as the 17th century genre of Northern European Rennaissance still life paintings typically commissioned by the newly arisen affluent middle class of Protestant societies to depict the grace of material abundance but also the transience of Earthly riches.
Attraction, cooperation and strife unfold among the objects of a crowded table to bring about the tragic demise of their universe. The comic tone of this unfortunate tale summons laughter as the best ally in the face of apocalyptic folly. Vanitas is a 21st century end-of-modernity cinematic resurrection of a painterly style that marked the beginnings of the modern spirit.
The film was shot in my living room, at a frantic almost non-stop rate in the span of a few short days as I had to race with the transcience of matter manifested in the stench and deterioration of the food used in the shoot. The intense scent of fruit and flowers mixed with the odour of animal corpses permeated my body and reminded me constantly about the abundance of life and the decomposition of death my film (and the Northern Renaissance painting it referred to) was talking about. I hope that the viewers can get a whiff of that nauseating, awfully awesome, life-death perfume while watching the film.
Vanitas was supported by Bravo!Fact.