An unsettling insight in the transition from life to death, Oana Isabella Szanto’s UP THE WIND is a neo-impressionist rendering of a woman’s encounter with her doppelganger, seen as an omen of death. The woman washes her clothes. On the other side of the pond she sees another woman, identical to her. So she runs into the forest to find her in a slow motion chase at the end of which she will come to face her own death. The mechanical, surreal sound of artificial breathing and that of the heartbeats overlapping those of the forest, as well as the often blurred or hyper-stylized glowing images, convey a subjective vision, presumably that of a patient on the verge of death.
“Up the wind” is a 7 minutes experimental short movie developed in the “A Clear View” MEDIA Programme, directed by a very talented upcoming director and shot by a cinematographer already confirmed by several prizes won with her previous short movie. It received great feedback in the pitching sessions in stage of development and it was color graded by Steffen Paul, one of the greatest graders of ARRI, with great movies in his CV, like “Cloud Atlas” and “Hansel and Gretel”.