Jun 14, 2020

Disconnected: Now & Then

Last month my film "Disconnected 2020" has won an OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from Berlin Flash Film Festival. It's just a small achievement in the chaos we ended up recently.

In the recent years I restored or produced alternative versions of my previous flicks in order to explore better the medium of video editing. Quite challenging was the work on "Apart", where out-takes were used to replaced all sequences. Their order was changed resulting in totally different storyline.

"Disconnected" was re-edited 3 times already. Firstly it was chopped down from 15 to 10 minutes in order to be eligible for Sundance Channel festival. The effort was worth it as the film won 2nd award. Following the theme of dis/connection and having in mind the idea of screening the film in art galleries, each character received their own part of screen in a mega-compilation. Thus we ended up having 5 stories unfolding synchronously in 4K format.

Not less interesting than the new film is the video feature presenting both films at once, while synced to the newer storyline. Just like in videos presenting which films inspired Tarantino, here we can clearly see how un/creative was the process of re/shooting "The Disconnected" 5 years later.

Apr 29, 2020

The Artist is back!

History likes to repeat itself, but this time the alienation gets more real than ever! Ben Talar revisits his last original film from 2015 in this minimalist intriguing attempt of sequel/remake utilizing shot-for-shot technique.

"Disconnected 2020" brings the same story about alienation, but this time during the global pandemic. And this time The Artist is the only character on the screen. The catch: he revisits some of the paths of other characters from the original film, which was made along with Ricardo Gonzalez. The 2020 version is an one-man-crew solo show without distracting archive footage. Berlin as plain and empty as it is.

Ben Talar used the opportunity of shooting during the lock-downed Berlin to highlight the main theme of the story. Lots of shots were recreated using exactly the same camera angle and composition. Some, however, received a new treatment. The Brandenburg Gate opening sequence was shot from the other side to show less populated square, usually crowded by the tourists. All scenes involving She were re-shot in a new location - abandoned Sony Centre - which is closer to The Artist's occupancy than the impulse shopping of She's character.

When it comes to soundtrack, there is a nod to "The Temptation" from 2012 - the project which was left in pre-production phase just before it's shooting started. The only remains from the production is the soundtrack written ahead of shooting by Bogusław Salnikow. Some of the tracks intended for "The Temptation" were recently remastered and now they fitted perfectly into this fresh perspective on things, which never change.

Watch the full movie below: