– The sixth feature film by the Polish-Dutch director allegorically tackles the subject of the death of a loved one
Director Urszula Antoniak and actress Anneke Sluiters on the set of Splendid Isolation
The Netherlands’ Family business films, known for producing artistic feature films with a strong author’s vision, supported Urszula Antoniakthe projects since its inception, Nothing personal [+see also:
interview: Urszula Antoniak
interview: Urszula Antoniak
film profile] (awarded for the best first feature film and the FIPRESCI prize at Locarno in 2009). Once again, it serves as the production company for its sixth feature film, Splendid Isolation, who recently completed post-production. Producers Rust on the ground and Noortje Wilschut ensured a budget of € 740,000 over 18 days of shooting, and obtained the support of the Netherlands Film Fund and the Incentive for film production in the Netherlands.
The plot centers on the lovers Anna and Hannah, who have fled an unknown disaster and believe they have found a safe haven on a desert island. After arriving at an abandoned house in the dunes, Anna resumes her routine of caring for Hannah, who is in a fragile state. One day, Hannah sees someone on the beach – a clue that death has followed them to the island and their days together are numbered.
“Splendid Isolation is an allegorical story about leaving your beloved to die, ”explains Antoniak. “Time freezes when every moment you spend together could be the very last. Saying goodbye is a process of hope and denial, interrupted by the onset of death. The one who leaves and the one who stays: both feel guilty for abandoning the other. Antoniak, who also wrote the screenplay, asks whether we could save our loved ones by sacrificing ourselves, and suggests that perhaps the guilt we feel after the death of someone we love overwhelms us because deep down. , we know we could have but we didn’t. The film’s intimate and lyrical tone was complemented by music by Antonio Vivaldi and Henri purcell, included in the soundtrack.
The two main female parts were handed over to Anneke Sluiters (also appearing in hallucinogens Poseidon Hotel [+see also:
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film profile] and romantic comedy Tulipani: love, honor and cycling [+see also:
film profile]) and Khadija El Kharraz Alami, who has behind her a solid theatrical experience, while a playwright-director-actor Abke Haring plays the role of Death, although the character is initially intended for a male actor.
The premiere date has yet to be confirmed, but September movie was announced as the company in charge of its distribution.
Meanwhile, Antoniak is already working on the animated feature film Animal matrix, and his next fictional feature film project is the Polish-Dutch co-production Foreigner.