The 37-year-old man is working for a Corporation, which is engaged in illegal occupation of rural land. Leaving for another “object”, he discovers a huge unfinished cathedral at the infinite field. He needs to decide what to do with the cathedral, as well as to subdue a farmer who rightfully owns the land.
Man’s Work” is a winner of OIFF 2015:
“The Best Short Film in National Competition Program was awarded to the film Man’s Work by Maria Stepanska for “the wonderful sense of cinematographic matter and the coherent actors’ performance”.
DIRECTOR: Marina Stepanska
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sebastian Thaler
PRODUCER: Marina Stepanska
COUNTRY: UKRAINE │ AUSTRIA
SHOT ON: RED Scarled MX (RAW)
PRODUCTION: FILM Academy
● Odessa International Film Festival 2015 / Golden Duke AWARD: Best Short
"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