Private Project

The Hierophant

Set in a California coastal field, Lucia, a spiritual and introspective woman, seeks a divination and encounters a connection with Milo, a photographer wearing a distinctive red scarf, through a mirror. Their inexplicable bond leads Lucia through a series of perplexing events, as the story blurs the lines between dreams and reality. Lucia comes to terms with her situation by forming an intuition of the events and enacts on her state. Hopefully, among other things, the story prompts viewers to reflect on the nature of intuition and the boundaries of the waking world.

  • Denys Bastov
  • Niki Esfandiari
  • Enzo Resta
  • Niki Esfandiari
    Additional Direction
  • Niki Esfandiari
  • Denys Bastov
  • Niki Esfandiari
    Sound Design
  • Cyrus Esfandiari
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - City College San Francisco, San Francisco Film School
  • Bolinas Film Festival
    United States
    October 29, 2023
Director Biography - Denys Bastov

Denys is a Ukrainian-American writer, director, and photographer based in Oakland, CA. His latest films include student shorts "Loving Henry" (2022) and "The Hierophant" (2023), and the upcoming short "If Trees Had Eyes" (2024). Denys' works explore contemporary mysticism, mythology, and paganism, and the liminal spaces between reality and imagination.

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