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The Clarinet

With an absurdist flair, “The Clarinet” tells the story of a woman practicing her clarinet - and what happens when the neighbor tries to stop her.

  • Anne Windsland
  • Anne Windsland
  • Anne Windsland
  • Anne Windsland
    Key Cast
  • Director of Photography - Neeraj Jain
  • Production Design - Karen DeMaio Weber
  • Sound - Braulio Lin
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  • Genres:
    Black Comedy, Comedy, Absurdist
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 18 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 21, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Anne Windsland

Anne grew up in a small, southern town in Norway. At the age of 19 she packed two suitcases, and moved by herself to New York to study acting. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York, and also received training from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Since starting acting at the age of 4, she has appeared in Film, TV, Commercial and Theatre productions all over the world.

She also has a background in Norwegian Politics, where she was the youngest person ever to be elected into the city board of her hometown, Birkenes, at the age of 18.

"The Clarinet" is her writing and directorial debut. Her work reflects her background, and the goal of her story telling is to make people question their own complacency, and make them challenge their own comfortable indifference.


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Director Statement

“Silence is central to women’s history"

"The Clarinet" is short film that reflects upon the absurdity of society's discrimination and hypocrisy. At first glance, the film is a glimpse into a familiar “annoying neighbor” scenario. As we dig deeper, we discover a woman trying to express herself through an unconventional instrument, and then being silenced.

"The Clarinet" deals with the silencing of women, male aggression, and how they are connected. Disguised as an "everyday" comedy, it asks the question: Why do we accept certain outrageous forms of expression, while rejecting or denying others? And by silencing women, are men also being silenced themselves?

When she decides to start playing the clarinet she is discouraged when her neighbor responds by banging on the wall - this has happened before. From there, the two proceed through a ridiculous but increasingly aggressive confrontation of their respective attempts at personal expression. Through her attempts to suppress her own sound to please the neighbor, the film comments on the absurdity of the reality we are living in; how violence is more acceptable than a woman’s self expression.

The film showcases how behavioral constraints get unleashed, with and absurdist flair, and ridicules social expectations and hypocrisy.

“You the Living”, Roy Andersson, absurdity meets: “The Lobster” Yorgos Lanthimos darkness and Wes Anderson aesthetics’s.