»Thomas’s cat has died.«
The group of people living together in Unit are a phlegmatic bunch. A clock is ticking, a half-eaten piece of toast with saveloy sausage lays on the table, and some show or other is playing on the TV. The highlight of the day seems to be when they eat together, where one of them reads out the weather report and the news in a monotonous drone: »Sea levels are rising a little faster every year. The increase could be more than double the current predictions by 2100…« Total apathy reigns, even when the group itself is at real risk.
Anna Ansone’s short films are permeated by a leitmotif that makes her artistic vision clearly visible. Death and loss are the major themes that she resolutely explores. In doing so, she finds surprising images and unusual character constellations.
In Unit she provides a portrait of a strange group of people. She doesn’t need much dialogue to say the things that are essential. Ansone develops her surreal narrative strategy further in her next film, Till Death Do Us Part. She also proves her talent for humour in her graduation film Being Here. Her self-confident dramaturgy is evident from how she plays with time concepts, portrays location almost as a protagonist in its own right, and shows dead people simply assuming the form of the living. Her carefully crafted cinematography demonstrates a strong sense of rhythm and atmosphere.
Anna Ansone was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1993. From 2012 to 2016 she studied film at the LKA National Film School in Riga and worked as a film editor. Since 2016 Anna is a postgraduate student at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She is currently finishing her studies and her graduation film Being Here.
Films by Anna Ansone
Klusā daba 2020 | Finché morte non ci separi 2019