The Coffin

Ukrainian existential western. Having lost his family, the old Ivan is going mad, he colors his face with paints and puts on a goetic headwear made of feathers, he removes icon from the frame. Ivan builds himself a coffin with his own hands and prepares for meeting with the death. It seems nobody can bring his mind back. An unexpected meeting with a vagabond black dog changes his plans. Looking into the dog's eyes, Ivan comes round, he realizes that the death has arrived and meets it with dignity. The old man washes the paint off and takes away the headwear, he returns icons to the frames and disassembling the coffin, builds a doghouse for the dog. Ivan dies with a smile on his face.

  • Kadim Tarasov
    Director of the short film "An Ordinary Morning" (2018) and "The Coffin" (2019).
  • Alina Krasnianska
    1 AD
  • Iryna Ischenko
  • Kadim Tarasov
  • Andriy Rizol
    General Producer
  • Alina Krasnianska
  • Oleg Mosiychuk
    Key Cast
  • Maria Hesh
    Key Cast
    "wife Olena"
  • Oksana Teliha
    Key Cast
  • Anna Suranovich
    Key Cast
    "old woman Halia"
  • Iurii Tymkovich
    Key Cast
  • Dog Mykhachlych
    Key Cast
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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
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Distribution Information
  • Association of Ukraine Cinema Development and Support – watch Ukrainian!
    Country: Ukraine
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Kadim Tarasov

Kadim Tarasov. Born in 1975 in Ukraine in Slavyansk, Donetsk Region. Growed up in the USSR, now lives in free Ukraine.
From 1994 to 2013 he was a member of the cult Ukrainian metal band Armada. In 2008, he founded a company Chupacabra production. Since 2013 began the filmmaking. Since then, he has shot several short films, some of which won prizes at international film festivals. Film ORDINARY MORNING director Kadim Tarasov won the festival ZIFF, Canadian short film festival. At the moment, Kadim is preparing to shoot his first full-length film.

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Director Statement

Film The Coffin for me is a tool of discovering a new cinema language, where the basis of the script is built on some ideas of quantum physics. According to Niels Bohr, without an observer, the surrounding reality is only a probabilistic form. Specific reality appears only with the coming of the observer. Film The Coffin is a laboratory where I watch the transformation of a character from different points of view - also by the eyes of the hero himself, who has looked into the eyes of death. In my opinion, movie The Coffin is watching the viewer in the same way as audience is watching the character of the film