Day: Eighty Four
When dangers are unrecognizable and vision is failing – which senses can you rely on? And are there any rules to follow in order to escape?
HD video, fiction, 13:00, color, sound, 2015
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'Day: Eighty Four' is a fiction short film inspired by a society where fears are spreading fast and its fabrication has got to an industrial scale. Surveillance and isolation have become the strongest remedies against possible danger. And dying of old age is a minor threat, unlike the invisible dangers. So new rituals are created to keep that fear under control.
Written and directed by Alina Ozerova, cinematography by Jorne Tielemans, main cast: Nienke Sikkema, Diana Dobbelman, Lorena Ciubotaru.
double F for Final Fantasy
A documentary essay re-interpreting a touristic voyage of relatives and friends who got the permission to reach the outer folds of Iron Curtain. The 8mm camera they brought along was documenting both intimate and typical moments of the tour: street views, swimming in the lake, and incredible amount of Soviet monuments on the way.
8mm transfer to video, 2015
07:03, color, sound
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35 years after that trip original film footage is digitized and parts of it are lost due to the time damage, not sharp focus of the original lens or digital correction side-effects. Coming from a country with a long history of repressive forgetfulness, now I might need to practice oblivion as a part of a new identity formation, as a way to get forward. This results in an experimental essay adapting touristic posters claims to highlight the unreflected episodes of the past and make a link between private history and ‘here and now’.
My Brother in Red and Blue
An experimental documentary short film about a mystic family story of a sick baby getting healed deep in Ukrainian villages
Video, 16mm, 8mm, VFX, 2014
16:13, color, sound
This experimental film tests the edge between documentary and fiction through the combination of found and archive footage, and eccentric visual effects. Starting from a family insight it questions the relation between mystic and pragmatic. The intimate narration of the family story is framed with video recordings of Soviet TV hypnotists of late 1980s. Medical science as a cluster of assumptions and procedures is 'paired' with self-treatment and healing as a system of beliefs.
How I changed from being a stone into a tree, video 3:30
Video, 8mm, animation, 2013, part of a video trilogy 'Aliveness'.
Visual, temporal, auditory research on relation between nature and science, transitions of adolscence and moving images as characteristics of living.
Semiotics of aliveness, video 3:37, 2013
Video, projections, color, sound, part of a video trilogy
Aliveness - if considered to be a semiotic process - in other words can mean that we are 'moving images' ourselves. And we are born without built-in mental content or knowledge about what's considered to be human or alive, to be corpus or object, body or material.
'Semiotics of aliveness' is a study of the difference between alive, mechanic, moving and reproducing through images, projections, three-dimensional objects, human body and sound. And how those visual and auditory symbols could be alienated if the perspective changes.
It's an observation of giving life process by the objects which are not supposed to be alive, but want to become it, want to overcome this difference.
Dear Mom and Dad, Experimental short film, 08:04, 2013
16mm, black and white, sound
A child, a man, a warrior - his masculinity is questioned by the refuse to grow older and fit the prescribed gender role. Camouflaging himself to meet social prerequisites, the character is unwilling to be an adult. Instead he's living through a dreamy world, where he transcends the existing qualities of body and mind by painting his new physical and temporal identity straight on. Filmed on 16mm, black and white images of uncanny intimate scenes and awkward invasions into the outside world portray a man and a child in one unsettled being.
Half-running Hand, video 07:15, 2013
Contemporary view on the fierce relation between language and body is translated through the montage projection and performative destructive actions on it. The tools for that purpose are designed in the shape of ancient Cyrillic letter, excluded from modern alphabet. Concept, cinematography & performance by Alina Ozerova, photography by Adam Berman
Produced for the video programm 'Peter the Great, a Contemporary Tsar'. The Hermitage, Amsterdam, NL
Milk children, video 10:35, 2013
Those two kids were my 'milk-brothers'. My mom could have been called their 'wet-nurse'. Anyway she doesn't associate herself or me with those people. I've been told about my 'milk-brother' at the age of 7 or 8. I was explained what it meant and how exactly it happened. My mom said I had been surprised, a bit confused, but never too much curious about this fact or about my 'milk-brother'. That's what she recalls.
My family archive, video 1:15, 2012
Rethinking the past - mixing up and blanking out - happens both to individuals and states. How much fake the story should be to become credible?
This mockumentary uses a combination of pictures & drawings from the family archive dating to 1940-1950s, a short fragment of footage found on internet of the period of WW2 and drawings of the author. Revealing a very personal research on the features of Soviet Era through the minor details - like homogenous haircuts or way that head scarfs are used - the scary routs of social dissolving.
Alice, video 1:23, 2012
Inspired by Lewis Carroll novel ’Alice’ is about body alteration and the fears that come with it. Loosing the ground in a nightmarish way.