Klimkiewicz's New Short Eligible for an Oscar
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A short by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Dominga Sotomayor titled The Island has been awarded at the Huesca Film Festival. The Spanish award makes the film eligible for the Best Short Film Oscar.
The Island had already been awarded before the Huesca Festival - it received the Tiger Award at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival in February earlier this year.
Inspired by Wisława Szymborska’s poem Wypadek Drogowy/Road Crash, the film tells the story of a family who gather in a house on Chiloé Island – the family members recall moments they shared, at the same time expecting guests who will never arrive.
What I wanted to achieve was to show how complex relationships within a family could be. I have always had that interest for everyday, casual situations – yet when perceived from a distance, a certain kind of uneasiness comes up. My main concern is how something seemingly regular can appear uncanny at the same time, says Dominga Sotomayor.
The directors started to work on The Island during the CPH: DOX festival in Copenhagen, within the framework of the DOX:LAB project which subsidises filmmakers from different countries and continents. 22 artists from all over the world participated in the project in 2013.
The film was shot on Chiloé Island in April 2013 – Chilean cinematographer Inti Briones was in charge of the camera, while Klimkiewicz, who was awarded by the European Film Academy for her Hanoi – Warsaw, and Sotomayor, who previously made the excellent Thursday Till Saturday, directed the short.
This is a sort of an experiment for me – we are showing reality from the perspective of an island that lives its own life, not a human being. I wanted to convey a kind of anxiety, danger and vulnerability to something that cannot really be identified - says Klimkiewicz.
The award the directors received at the Huesca Festival makes the short eligible to be nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar.
For more information visit the Festival’s Website.
Source: press materials, edited by BS.
Translated by Kasia Dolato