Splendid Isolation

  • 76'
  • Netherlands
  • 2022

It was the coronavirus pandemic that gave filmmaker Urszula Antoniak the inspiration for Splendid Isolation. “Death came close to me”, she writes in her director’s vision. “I had been living in the shadow of the death of my spouse for some time, or rather: in fear of death. The pandemic confronted me with this.”

She processed this into a minimalist, allegorical film with a minimal budget, about two lovers who have to rely on one another on a deserted island. Why the couple move into an empty, modern house there, why they dream of and long for touch, what exactly they are running away from – and what the purpose of the soundproofed cellar is – Antoniak leaves to our interpretation. She shows the interactions between the two solitary lovers and the roles they fulfil in dizzying drone shots. Anna protects Hannah, if necessary with a gun. What remains, is a pared-down story of hope and denial, fear and guilt.

Director
Urszula Antoniak
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
76'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Floor Onrust, Noortje Wilschut
Production Company
Family Affair Films
Sales
Family Affair Films
Screenplay
Urszula Antoniak
Cinematography
Myrthe Mosterman
Editor
Milenia Fiedler PSM
Production Design
Ben Zuydwijk
Sound Design
Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Cast
Anneke Sluiters, Khadija el Kharraz Alami, Abke Haring
Local Distributor
September Film