A typical morning in a Lviv household – the family is getting ready to have breakfast. Suddenly, something terrible happens – the eldest daughter appears on the screen with a different colour correction, and is tragically mismatched with her perfectly saturated environment and other characters: she is desaturated. The desaturated heroine realizes that the film will end in 9 minutes. Will she be able to change her colouring?
A visual comedy about overcoming cliches in cinema and life. A desaturated girl tries to get her colour back, until she meets someone who changes her view of herself and the world around her.
DIRECTOR: Marina Stepanska
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sebastian Thaler
PRODUCER: Darya Bassel, Marina Stepanska, Natalia Libet
LENGTH: 10 min
SHOT ON: ARRI Alexa Mini (RAW)
CAST: Daria Polunina, Kristina Ignat
"Lenser Sebastian Thaler, son of Ulrich Seidl’s regular cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler, lights and shoots with a crisp, limpid immediacy that makes him a talent to watch. His work gives even the simplest shot a vivid yet pensive effect, whether he’s filming a nightclub scene, a yoga routine, a wide shot of salmon-colored tower blocks in Kiev, or resting on one of the principals’ faces to catch their quicksilver expressions." by Jessica Kiang (view orginal critic)
"In a fragmentary film with few dialogues, in which much is not pronounced, the imagery takes over an important part of the narrative. In "Ugly", the audience is given a lot of space, in wide tableaus as well as in intensive close-ups. Through the symbiosis of spontaneous and unkitted, but at the same time highly composed images, the film develops a veritable pull that is difficult to avoid. Due to the variety of subjects, lighting scenes and compositions and the always surprising new perspectives, the film is always in motion despite its quiet narrative style." by Julia Drack, Michael Loebensetin & Holger Stern
Michael Ballhaus Awards:
"An intelligent and intuitive cameraman accompanies two outstanding actors, in long moving sequences, with an instinct for body language and facial expression" by the Jury of FIRST STEPS