Urszula Antoniak completes post-production on Splendid Isolation

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– The Polish-Dutch director’s sixth feature tackles the subject of the death of a loved one in an allegorical way

Director Urszula Antoniak and actress Anneke Sluiters on the set of Splendid isolation

Dutch company Family Affair Films, known for producing artistic feature films with a strong auteur vision, supported Ursula Antoniakprojects since its inception, nothing personal [+see also:
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(awarded the best first feature film and the FIPRESCI prize at Locarno in 2009). Once again, she serves as the production company behind her sixth feature film, Splendid isolation [+see also:
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, which recently completed post-production. Producers Rust on the ground and Noortje Wilschut guaranteed a budget of €740,000 over 18 days of filming and obtained support from the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

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The plot centers on lovers Anna and Hannah, who have fled an unknown disaster and believe they have found a safe haven on a desert island. Once they reach an abandoned house in the dunes, Anna resumes her care routine for Hannah, who is in fragile condition. 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 loved one to die,” says Antoniak. “Time freezes when every moment you spend together could be your very last. Saying goodbye is a process driven by hope and denial, interrupted by the arrival 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 death of someone we loved overwhelms us because deep down we know we could have but we didn’t. The film’s intimate and lyrical tone is complemented by the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcellincluded in the soundtrack.

The two main female parts were entrusted to Anneke Sluiters (also appearing in hallucinogens Hotel Poseidon [+see also:
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and romantic comedy Tulipani: love, honor and bicycle [+see also:
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) and Khadija El Kharraz Alamiwho has extensive theatrical experience behind her, while playwright-director-actor Abke Haring stars as Death, although the character was originally intended for a male actor.

The premiere date has yet to be confirmed, but September Film has been announced as the company in charge of its distribution.

Meanwhile, Antoniak is already working on the animated feature film animal matrixand his next fiction feature project is the Polish-Dutch co-production Foreign.

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