Experiences

Experiences (2024)

Under quarantine in Kiev during the Covid-19 pandemic, director Dmitriy Tomashpolski devised an ingenious way of making an ensemble film about not just his own, but the then near universal sense of alienation. He asked 76 different self-isolated people across the world to film themselves with smartphones, following cues provided by himself, and he then…

Space

Space (Prostir) (2021)

Sometimes a production ident appearing at the start of a film can be a guide to its reading. Space (Prostir) may open with text informing the viewer that it was shot in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic by self-isolated participants filming with their own smartphones or cameras and communicating with the director Dmitriy Tomashpolski (Stranger,…

Storonniy

Stranger (Storonniy) (2019)

Stranger (Storonniy) opens with two discrete sets of text (and closes with a third). The first is a quote (“…I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men…”) from that celebrated author of ‘weird fiction’ and cosmic horror, H.P. Lovecraft. The second offers bare statistics…