Private Project

The Black Swan Flaming Ocean

This is a short experimental movie with poetic freestyle dance. It is about the afterlife of the White and Black Swan finally merged together in one entity. It is a celebration of a fusion and integration of light and dark fragments of the soul, of angelic and demonic dimensions, an exercise in ominous beauty of moodiness and euphoria, of obscure sensuality and high-pitched elevation of the soul, sojourning fluidly in the body temple and transcending it at the same time. Echoes of movement are mirroring multiple and complex layers of a psyche in a feverish exorcism.

  • Petra Brnardic
  • Petra Brnardic
  • Petra Brnardic
  • Petra Brnardic
    Key Cast
    "Black Swan"
  • Petra Brnardic
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    avantgarde, avant-garde, dance, dance movie, contemporary dance, underground, black and white
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Petra Brnardic

I was born in 1978 in Zagreb, Croatia. I graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2004, in the class of professor Miroslav Sutej. I am engaged in visual arts (painting, drawing, photography, collage, installations, animation, multimedia), illustration and graphic design. I exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, in country and abroad (Zagreb, Sisak, Velika Gorica, Samobor, Varazdin, Cakovec, Lovinac, Duga Resa, Karlovac, Rijeka, Kastav, Pula, Porec, Split, Makarska in Croatia, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tolmin, Maribor and Ljubljana in Slovenija, Novi Sad in Serbia, Betlehem in Palestina, Rosario and Santa Fe in Argentina, Szczecin in Poland, Napoli, Macerata, Padova and Rome in Italy, Edinburgh, Bradford, Buckinghamshire and London in United Kingdom, Porto in Portugal, Forcalquier in France, Girona, Valencia and Alicante in Spain, Malmo in Sweden, Corvallis, Los Angeles, Roanoke, Bisbee, Florida and New York in USA, Bangalore in India, Valkenburg and Amsterdam in Netherlands, Tijuana in Mexico, Moscow in Russia, Thessaloniki, Greece; Berlin, Germany; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Jakarta, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan). I also write poetry and translate books. My work was presented in many printed and digital croatian and international publications, among others, in A5, Gestalten, Make8elieve, Poezija, Zarez, Rijeci, Vijenac, Self-As-Subject: The Multiple Exposure Project Zine (for visual arts) and Stigmart10 Videofocus- special edition (for cinema), "Il Corpo Solitario: Self-Timer in Contemporary Photography" by editor Giorgio Bonomi, "Eros and Pornos", antology of Croatian erotic drawing by editor Đuro Vanđura.

Nigredo (2005)
Red Room (2010)
Tempest (2011)
Bedazzled Castle (2013)
Fever (2015)
Virus (2016)
Glossolalia (2017)
Ghost Bride (2018)
Leviathan of Desire (2018)
Visitors (2018)
Satan´s Porcupine (2018)
Masquerade (2018)
Succubi (2019)
Electric Labyrinth (2019)
Tarantula (2020)
Bloodbath (2021)
Diamond Hurricane (2021)
Neon Viper/Possession (2021)
Midnight Orange (2021)
Mermaid Song (2021)
Echoes (2021)
Work in progress - dark suspense thriller (2021)
The Black Swan Flaming Ocean (2022)
Vicious Orchids (2022)
Butterfly And Snake (2023)


1997. Student club of Philosophy Faculty, Zagreb, Croatia
2000. The Queens, TEST! festival of theatre, Zagreb, Croatia (with Ksenija Kordic)
Between horns, Gjuro 2 club, Zagreb, Croatia (with Ksenija Kordic)
2001. Gallery St. Quirinus, Sisak, Croatia
2003. A voice from the gothic well, Alternative institute, Mostar, Bosnia and
2004. Gjuro 2 club, Zagreb, Croatia
2005. Marchioness of pain, KIC, Zagreb, Croatia
2006. Schizomania, Gallery Artenativa, Zagreb, Croatia
2011. Rubedo, NANO Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2013. Velvet Underground, Striegl Gallery, Sisak, Croatia
2015. Zagreb Book Festival, MUO Zagreb, Croatia
2016. Walpurgisnacht, Boonika Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2019. Borderline, Fotoklub Split, Split, Croatia
Fatamorgana, Siva Gallery, AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia
2023. From Babylon to Uranus: Blood Moon Goddess (ArtSteps, online international worldwide exhibition)


2000. Sisak youth salon, Sisak, Croatia
2001. Students from the class of prof. Sutej, Gallery Galzenica, Velika
Gorica, Croatia
2002. Second Sisak youth salon, Sisak, Croatia
2003. Sisak in Zagreb, Attack club, Zagreb, Croatia
Women, Attack club, Zagreb, Croatia
Third Sisak youth salon, Sisak, Croatia
2004. Sisak artistic circle, Gallery Striegl, Sisak, Croatia
Absolutely baroque, Horvat house, Varazdin, Croatia
Great culture fair, SC, Zagreb, Croatia
2005. FONA, international festival of new art, Hartera, Rijeka, Croatia
Eros and P*****, Gallery Striegl, Sisak, Croatia
Print to Art, MMC Luka, Pula, Croatia
2006./2007. Selfportrait: a Show for Betlehem
– Betlehem, Palestina
– Santa Fe, Argentina
– Napoli, Italy
– Szczecin, Poland
– Rosario, Argentina
2008. Kliker!, international festival of pop-poetry, SC, Zagreb, Croatia
2009. Violated violator, Generation x – female perspectives, Medika club, Zagreb, Croatia
2010. Zagreb Youth Salon, HDLU Zagreb, Croatia
2011. Forest Art Auction, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Photodistorzija, Zuccato Gallery, Porec, Croatia
New Year's Eve Great group exhibition of artists, Greta Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2012. NUS (Tampon Generation), Aquarium Bacvice, Split, Croatia
Antisalon, Medika Club, Zagreb, Croatia
2013. NUS 2 (Taboo), MKC Split, Croatia
Martyrs, Zadar, Croatia
Martyrs, Zagreb, Croatia
2014. 23rd Days of Croatian Cinematography, Kino SC, Zagreb, Croatia
Kastav Film Festival, Kastav, Croatia
Komikaze po Puli, Pula, Croatia
Ohoho Festival, AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia
Komikaze na-20 obljetnici akc pekarne Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
VATRA.Toplina.Silina., Trenutak39, Zagreb, Croatia
Komikaze, Tolmin/Sotocje, Slovenia
Exquisite Corpses, Fort Turtian, Pula, Croatia
StripSalon, Novi Sad, Serbia (with Komikaze)
World animation festival, Kino Tuškanac, Zagreb, Croatia
3rd Croatian Triennale of Self-Portrait, PUO Samobor, Croatia
2015. Kastav Film Festival, Kastav, Croatia (with short experimental movie „Fever“)
„Crack Festival“, Forte Prenestino, Rome, Italy
Zadruga Praksa, Pula, Croatia
Femicomix, Kino Šiška – Mesto žensk, Ljubljana, Slovenia
47. Revue of Croatian Cinematography, City Library „Ivan Goran Kovacic“, Karlovac, Croatia
3rd Biennale of Painting, HDLU Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2016. Komikaze & OFICINA ARARA, Porto, Portugal
Komikaze - Femicomix, Le Garage L., Forcalquier, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Komikaze - Femicomix, AKC Nigdjezemska, Zadar, Croatia
Komikaze - Femicomix, Strip Festival AltCom, Folkets Park, Malmo, Sweden
Drunken Film Festival, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Girona Film Festival, Girona, Spain
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, UK
12th Revue of one minute film, Kinodvorana Za-Te Plus, Zagreb
Night of video and performance, City Museum, Sisak
Pivilion: ~co-op~ , 25th Slavonian Biennale, Borders of visibility, Osijek, Croatia
2017. Paura Festival Internacional De Cine De Terror De Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Corvallis Queer Film Festival, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
AccessCode Film Festival, Bangalore, India
Komikaze Femicomix - Ratatata Fest, Macerata, Italy
Komikaze Femocomix, Gradski muzej Virovitica, Croatia
Media Mediterranea 19: Digital Romance, Titov park, Pula, Croatia
2017. DEEP TRASH IN THE UNDERWORLD, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. London, UK
2017. Art Camp Empeduja, Antonio Lauer Beach, Rijeka, Croatia
2017. MIRACLES, video art festival, Valkenburg, Netherlands
2017. Day and night of video and performance, Sisak, Croatia
2017. Lovepiece, Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica, Croatia
2018. P****´s Smoke, Esseker Centar, Osijek, Croatia
2018. MARATHONA GEOFILM, Cittadella, Padova, Italy
2018. GIFEST#6, Subotica, Serbia
2018. Komikaze, Design District, Old Military Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia
2018. F12: Free art display | Duga Resa, Croatia
2018. F12: Free art display | Karlovac, Croatia
2018. F12: Free art display | Lovinac, Croatia
2018. F12: Free art display | Zagreb, Croatia
2018. "Inferno", FotoFilm Festival Tijuana, Mexico
2018. Media Mediterranea 20 - Nature and Technology, SKUC, Titov park and MSUI Pula, Croatia
2018. Poetry In Preparation (video poetry evening), Prozori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2018. Zeljezara Festival - Visual Poetry And Prose Mix, Striegl Gallery, Sisak, Croatia
2018. 50th Revue Of Croatian Cinematography, Tuskanac Cinema , Zagreb, Croatia (participating with two short experimental movies, "Leviathan Of Desire" and "Masquerade") - received special acknowledgement and certificate for the first one
2019. TeePublic Gallery Show, John Doe Gallery Brooklyn, New York, USA
Hystorical Madness: Performative Studies of a Case: Slet - Memory of a Space (group choreography), organized and curated by Kustoska platforma, KNAP Center, Zagreb, Croatia
LiftOff Sessions: Short Indie Movies Online Film Festival, June Edition
Hystorical Madness: Performative Studies of a Case: Performance Marathon, organized and curated by Kustoska platforma, KNAP Center, Zagreb, Croatia
Fu:Bar/expo, AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia
La Collezione X**, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Rome, Italy
Nudita, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, AMACI Contemporary Day and Rome Art Week, Rome, Italy
STIFF Film and gif festival, SKC Gallery Rijeka, Croatia
17th Festival of the First, Performance Art Multimedia Festival, KNAP, Zagreb, Croatia
Vite, Morte e Miracoli, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Roma, Italy
Format C | #pivilion_dot_net, Scheier, Čakovec
Is there any art after internet?, HDLU Pula, Pula, Croatia

2020. Amore?, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Rome, Italy
Mysticon Independent Film Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Deep Trash Turkish Delight, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, UK
14TH Vox Feminae Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
Thessaloniki Queer Art Festival 2020, Thessaloniki, Greece
"Nesvrstani" Art Fair, Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia
Thessaloniki Queer Art Festival at Hosek Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
ALC Videoart Festival, Alicante, Spain
Inquiry Inc. 2020. #pivilion_dot_net, Booksa, Zagreb, Croatia
Inquiry Inc. 2020. #pivilion_dot_net The Wrong, Scheier Centre, Cakovec, Croatia
Night of the Sisak video art, Sisak, Croatia
Darkroom Film Festival, London, United Kingdom
Fu:bar/Expo, AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia
Miracle Film Festival, Sanibel, Florida, USA
Pop-up Exhibition, Striegl Gallery, Sisak, Croatia

2021. Horror Lust Film Festival
T-Short Animated Film Festival
Gutterbliss Temporary Testival, online movie festival
Thessaloniki queer film festival 2021, Thessaloniki, Greece
Di Letti e Castighi, OGA (S)exhibitions, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Rome, Italy
Horror Lust Film Festival
T-Short Animated Film Festival
Gutterbliss Temporary Testival, online movie festival
Thessaloniki queer film festival 2021, Thessaloniki, Greece
Di Letti e Castighi, OGA (S)exhibitions, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Rome, Italy
Gifest, Subotica, Serbia
Lift-Off Online Sessions, Film Festival
MAKE8ELIEVE #ISSUE 16: Terreur Nocturne (magazine feature)
Animae Caribe International Animation & Digital Media Festival
Impudent Mind, Rome Art Week, Rome, Italy
Free The Kitsch Film Festival, Athens, Greece
Bomba Video Club, Film festival, Moscow, Russia
Fu:bar Expo 2021, Zagreb, Croatia and international online
2022. Erotika u umjetnosti (Erotica in Art), HDLU Istria, Pula, Croatia
Fu:bar 2022: Exhibition @online
„Il corpo solitario“ – Self-timer in Contemporary Photography - anthology by Giorgio Bonomi
Festival of the First, KNAP, Zagreb, Croatia – being part of the exhibition, premiere of my short experimental thriller noir „Vicious Orchids“ and artist talk with me curated by Josipa Bubaš
Imajitari 2022, film festival, Jakarta, Indonesia (with my short experimental dance filmommovie „The Black Swan Flaming Ocean“)
Tuzla Film Festival, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fu:bar Glitch Art Festival, French Institute and online, Croatia and worldwide
3. WIITWD Fetish Festival, Zagreb, 19th November 2022 – exhibition of my erotic BDSM illustrations and graphic prints
Future Vision Festival, film festival, Tokyo, Japan
2023. SEE Online Film Festival, with my short experimental movie „Diamond Hurricane“

Collaborations: guest in "C over?", project by Quizzical Körper, performed in AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia (August 2019)

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Director Statement

I am working on short experimental movies for several years, and I usually use collage technique and surreal, vivid, psychedelic imagery inspired by silent movie era, underground and cult movies mostly from the 60s, 70s and early 80s, horror and camp aesthetics and other forms of arts. My cinema is visual poetry, often brutal, macabric, hallucinant and full of polarities, like sex and death or good versus evil, just like the deepest caves of human psyche and ocean of subconsciousness.