“Prie Dieu” explores a world where insects are connected to a divine power by delicate threads. No insects were hurt during the shooting, all threads were done during post-production.
Best experimental video at Vimeo Festival + Awards 2012, New York
Honoree, weird and experimental category, at Webby Awards 2013, New York
Jury prize at Up Festival 5, Paris
Official Selection at ISFFC 2012, Cyprus
Official Selection at 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City
Official Selection at 2012 ArtFutura
Music by Amon Tobin – Surge (16 bit Remix), written by Amon Tobin, published by Just Isn’t Music, (p) Ninja Tune 2011, licensed courtesy of Ninja Tune. Gregorio Allegri – Miserere. Sound design made from several tracks by Amon Tobin, Jan Driver, Skrillex, Murcof and 16bit. Thanx to Gaétan Di Muccio for his help on the shooting.
Produced by Cokau Lab.
Directed by Cokau (Achille Coquerel and Thomas Kauffmann).
Well nourished caucasian male is a solo performance by Tuomo Railo. He explores the basis of his dance expression. The simplified stage setting and the piano music focus the spectator's attention on Railo's motion language, its diversity and unexpectedness.
"The feeling of insecurity - fictional or real - was the starting point of my work. In my mind I had the instruction launched by the American dance entertainment format: Dance for your life! I've also examined the theory of Indian dramatic art. Natyasastra, the more than a thousand- year-old textbook of Indian dance, lists nine moods, tastes and juices (rasa) that a performance can arouse in the spectator. In my work, I have explored the bhayanaka-rasa or the horror. The oppressive mood of my work is created by the limited platform I dance on, as well as the piano music which instigates panic. A video is projected behind me and light abstractions are built on it. They are negations of Rorschah's inkblot test."
In addition to the choreography, Railo has created the sound landscape, wardrobe and the action paintings, which are shown as video projections.
Director Tatyana Zvanskaya’s film “Dreams of Nature” is a crisp and beautifully rendered version of Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave, set to the music of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros, purveyors of the finest spacey-dream-music imaginable. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, a man spends his whole life chained to a rock in a cave, and seeing shadows of real things projected onto the wall, mistakes those shadows for real things, until he steps outside and sees the true nature of things in the sun of wisdom. A familiarity of the Allegory is crucial for understanding the video: the dazzlingly gorgeous Albino actress Anastasia Zhidkova spends the build-up to the song among pinecones, scattered books, and bits of trees, and only when the song is reaching its climax does she run outside to the world of real objects. This world is bright and hazy, due in part to the overwhelming nature of things seen in sun after only seeing them indoors. Zvanskaya’s film takes a moving idea and makes it gorgeous in solid blues and icy greys.
Sigur Rós 'Valtari' Mystery Film Experiment: Ég anda by Tatyana Zvanskaya
Producer: Victor Ermakov
Director: Tatyana Zvanskaya
First Assistant Director: Valeria Sosnovshchenko
Director of Photography: Aleksandr Kotenko
Editor & Colorist: Tatyana Zvanskaya
CG artist: Igor Isaev
Cast: Anastasia Zhidkova, Yana Tarabanko
Location: MONOLOG studio
Special thanks to Aleksandr Tsyganok, Sergey Kosyakov, Ivan Stepanov, Mary Kuzmenkova and Katya Fedotova.