Las meninas

  • 99'
  • Ukraine
  • 2008
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. (LC)

Directors
Ihor Podolchak, Dean Karr
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Ukraine
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
99'
Medium
HDcam
Language
Ukrainian
Producers
Ihor Podolchak, Liliya Mlynarych
Production Company
MF Films
Sales
MF Films
Screenplay
Ihor Podolchak
Cinematography
Serhiy Mykhalchuk
Editor
Ihor Podolchak
Production Design
Svitlana Makarenko
Sound Design
Myroslav Kuvaldin
Music
Oleksandr Schetynsky
Cast
Hanna Yarovenko, Lyubov Tymoshevska