The Oval Mirror

A visual journey into darkness, The Oval Mirror is an experimental short film which explores the boundary between video art and film, subverting the usual separation between film and video art. Based on an imaginary lost video, this short film uses photographic stills to compose a meta-narrative of mystery, challenging perception and genre rules, and inviting the viewer to find meaning in an irrational flow of imagery.

  • Pietro Reviglio
  • Pietro Reviglio
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    art film, avant-garde, videoart
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2011
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Columbia University
    New York
    April 1, 2011
    World Premiere
  • CAMec Museum
    La Spezia
    March 14, 2013
    Italian Premiere
  • Fusion Art Gallery
    December 19, 2013
  • StudioDieci City Gallery
    May 3, 2014
Director Biography - Pietro Reviglio

Pietro Reviglio has worked extensively with painting, photography and experimental filmmaking, exhibiting in galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. His work is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Albright-Knox Gallery, Tate Britain, Columbia University, among the others. In his projects he often draws from his background in astrophysics (Columbia University, Ph.D., 2008) and painting to create art films that question the meaning of existence and the irrationality of the universe and human condition.

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Director Statement

The Oval Mirror blurs the boundaries between art film, video art, music video and narrative filmmaking. Starting from the cliches of horror/thriller filmmaking it creates a meta-narrative of a genre. Made with photographic stills and sound only, this short work invites viewers to immerse themselves in an irrational underworld of the mind in search of a meaning.