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Lost Cat

Lost Cat is a short video art film by a Czech filmmaker who explores the theme of loneliness and loss through the disappearance of his beloved cat Boris. The film consists of only three shots, totaling four and a half minutes. The first two shots show the filmmaker’s apartment at night, empty and silent, while the third shot shows some leaves on a bush in the places where he searched for his cat. The film uses minimalistic aesthetics, with no dialogue, music, or effects, and relies on the contrast between the static interior and the slightly moving exterior to create a sense of melancholy and longing.

  • Martin Lombok
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Forsvunden Kat
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Video Art, Experimental, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K 30fps
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Director Biography - Martin Lombok

Martin Lombok is an experimental filmmaker born in 1969 in the Czech Republic. He lives alternately in the Czech Republic and Denmark. He works with technologies and film language to express his personal vision of the world. His films are minimalist and realistic, often using static shots and ambient sounds to create a sense of confusion and discomfort in the viewers. He has no message or statement to convey, but rather invites the audience to share his perspective and experience. He is inspired by his own life, dreams, and memories, as well as by the night, the silence, and the mystery of existence. His latest film, Lost Cat, is a reflection on loneliness and loss through the disappearance of his beloved cat Boris.

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Director Statement

Lost Cat is a film that was born out of a personal experience of losing my cat Boris, who was my companion for two years. I wanted to make a film that would capture the feeling of loneliness and loss that I felt, and also pay tribute to my cat, who was more than just a pet to me. I chose to work with long static shots and contact sound, because I wanted to be realistic and show the world as it is, without any embellishment or manipulation. I believe that reality is the most interesting and captivating thing, and that we often ignore or escape from it. I don’t tell fictional stories, I show the world, maybe because I think that the world is not seen enough in the modern world. My goal is not to convey any message or statement, but rather to invite the viewers to share my perspective and experience, and to feel something authentic and genuine.