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Las meninas

Ihor Podolchac, Dean Karr
Ukraine 2008 / 99’

Las meninas is a work by the Ukrainian visual artist Ihor Podolchak. One musical part is co-directed by the well-known music video director Dean Karr. Podolchak's visual arts background can be felt from the film's very first scene to its very last. The almost magical visual part bears reminiscences of 17th century still lifes. The music and the sound added to it absorb the viewers and give them the feeling of being a part of this visual experience.
The minimal plot reveals a claustrophobic situation in a family. A son who is ill terrorizes his father, mother and sister with his whims. The presence of the son is only latent; the terror can be felt intensely. Watching this film is a true and unknown experience.
Las meninas is not a film about a story; it is a film about senses - you see, you hear, you almost touch it and you certainly experience the full strength of its flow. It resembles the scattered pieces of a puzzle and it is the task of the audience to put the pieces together. It is one of those rare films that invite you to a sort of interactive screening experience. It can be said that it is a daring, modern avant-garde experiment, a cross between film and visual arts.

FF Rotterdam 2008

Dean Karr was born in Seattle. He recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University. He works as a director/photography and is most known for his music videos for famous artists as Marilyn Manson and Cypress Hill. He also studied at Art Centre School of Design in Pasadena and his artwork has been exhibited in several art galleries. Karr has directed the musical part of The Maids of Honour (Las meninas).

Filmography:

2008 Panny dworskie / Las meninas / The Maids of Honour (jako współreżyser / as a co-director)

Igor Podolchak was born in 1962 in Lviv, Ukraine. He is a well-known artist who graduated from the Lviv Academy of Fine Arts in 1984. His artwork can be found in 26 museums and public collections worldwide. One of his exhibitions was the first art exhibition ever to be held in space, at space station Mir in 1993. The Maids of Honour (Las meninas) is his feature début.

Filmography:

2008 Panny dworskie / Las meninas / The Maids of Honour (jako współreżyser / as a co-director)