Private Project

The Diamond Eye Assembly

Explore the rituals of an all-female Slavic community as a dark force begins interfering. To maintain harmony and protect their traditions, the womenfolk wage war on the witch.

  • Amalie Atkins
  • Amalie Atkins
  • Evgenia Mikhaylova
    Key Cast
    "Mother of the Twins"
  • Hailey & Hannah Papp
    Key Cast
    "Twins Daughters"
  • Monique Blom
    Key Cast
  • Agatha Bock
    Key Cast
  • Emelie Berlanda
    Key Cast
    "Grandmother's Sister"
  • Neil Greening, Editor
  • Max Greening, Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art Film
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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  • Language:
    German, Ukrainian
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  • Canada
Director Biography - Amalie Atkins

Amalie Atkins lives and works in Saskatoon. As a multidisciplinary artist noted for her films and video installations she creates cinematic fables through a blend of film, performance, textiles, installations, and photography. She has exhibited nationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Central Art Garage, Gallery 44, The Ottawa Art Gallery, La Centrale, FADO, Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine, and internationally in New York City, Vienna, Queensland, Tasmania, London, and Berlin. Her work was included in major survey exhibitions, most notably, Oh, Canada at the MASS MoCA; DreamLand: Textiles in the Canadian Landscape at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; and Road Show East, which toured Eastern Europe. Atkins is the recipient of the Locale Art Award for western Canada (2011) and long-listed for the Sobey Art Award (2012, 2013). Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Canadian Art Magazine, Visual Arts News, Grain Magazine, CV2, and in MUZE magazine (Paris). Her exhibition we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical toured from the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; College Art Galleries, Saskatoon. Where the hour floats, a solo exhibition was selected for Capture Photo Fest at Evergreen Art Gallery, Coquitlam (2019). The Remai Modern premiered her most expansive film project to date, a trilogy of films The Diamond Eye Assembly, Transvection, and Requiem for Wind and Water reviewed in the September 2019 issue of ARTFORUM.

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Director Statement

A map of strange landmarks – Disappearing Island, Witch’s Cave and Krydor: Village of Abandoned Churches – introduces viewers to the hallucinatory world of Saskatchewan. Presented in an old-world order where woman are leaders, everything in this world is done by women. The characters move between dream-like worlds intertwining folklore and fiction.

My Mennonite heritage, rich in stories, was the source of the vivid visions in this film. All the costumes were handmade sewn by me in my Saskatoon studio. The film was shot in the luminous prairie landscape on a super 16 mm film camera, giving the film the look of an unknown past. Miriam Toews, a Canadian Mennonite novelist has greatly inspired my postmodern Mennonite style of filmmaking and storytelling. The cast are people close to me, my aunts, my sister, good friends, non-actors in the Saskatoon community which include a group of roller-skating women, multiple pairs of twin sisters, and a large group of Ukrainian dancers.

The film was funded through a Canada Council for the Arts grant, a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant, with equipment provided by the Saskatchewan Film Pool and Paved Arts.