Private Project

Camera Obscura

Two young photographers find a disturbing discovery in the basement of an abandoned mill: a deaf girl that seemingly spent many years enclosed in a dark room with a small window looking at the forest. In her silence she is looking through the window into the depth of the forest.

This surreal and yet tragically real sight does not trigger the same reaction for each of the photographers. Pierre instinctively starts photographing; he is obsessed by this bizarre view. Frank, however, is not at all at ease about this dark photo-shoot. His limits of how far can one go “in sake of art” are different from those of Pierre. The moral conflict escalates.

Pierre is now left alone with the girl and the photo-shoot begins…

  • Kristijonas Dirsė
  • Kristijonas Dirse
  • Maxime Simon
  • Kristijonas Dirse
  • Caroline Bennequin
    Key Cast
  • Clément Baudoin
    Key Cast
  • Thibaut Christophle
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Camera Obscura
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Paris 8
  • Pontault-Combault International short film festival
    August 23, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kristijonas Dirsė

Audiovisual artist, balancing music and sonic art with the visual expression in narrative and non-narrative short films, photography and audiovisual installations.

Beginning at the National School of Arts in Lithuania in Vilnius as a classical conductor, Kristijonas chose to move to filmmaking and enrolled to the Film and Music degree at Brunel University London. In 2014 he moved to Paris, where he worked as a director and editor along his masters Film Directing in Université Paris 8 (personal tutor Frederic Sabouraud).

Music plays a major role in his storytelling. It is particularly present in his collaborations with a Lithuanian composer Dominykas Digimas. Psychogeographic approach to street videography, exploring the city as a character was the basis of imagery for “From Another Point of View” or “This Order Goes Wrong”. Their recent work “Why Does This Appear” explores the question of the subjectivity in memories, as well as the docu-fiction storytelling in a silent music film form.

Kristijonas is now based in Vilnius and takes part in film and visual arts projects as a director and video editor.

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