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I'm sure when you hear that these are "Isolation" short films, you will immediately think about the isolation at home during this pandemic. That is actually true for some of them--a couple were even filmed while on lockdown. That is not all of them, though. I was thinking of this theme long before we know what COVID-19 was. We have a short film block about relationships, and we have another one about family. This one is about the absence of either, and it is something that is personally quite terrifying to me. We also are asking a question with at least two of the short films (VR Food and Jeff Drives You): is it still isolation when one's company is a machine? See what you think!

AUTOSCOPY is about a lonely guy (Ulrik Munther - 'The here after' 2015) who escapes the noise of a distracted city life to record deep, ethereal music using sounds of the wilderness. The discovery of an old abandoned floatation tank and experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms evokes a strange alchemy of deep-rooted memories, taking him on a disorientating voyage deep into the heart of nature and ultimately; deeper into himself. The film features an original score from Los Angeles based Evan Caminiti, also part of doom guitar duo 'Barn Owl' who has conjured a soundtrack of deep guitar drones and analog synths, both intriguing and quietly terrifying. It was shot in anamorphic in a remote forest location of Värmland, Sweden 2019 by award-winning Swedish cinematographer Max Larsson.

"WHAT. THE. FUCK." - Programmer Ashlea Wessel

Director: Claes Nordwall is a Swedish filmmaker working out of London, UK. To date mostly known for his work in music videos for artists such as Parquet Courts & Steve Gunn. There is a wry and unhurried sensibility in the work, a visible interest in leaving space for spontaneity and ‘the unexpected’ when directing (often non-actors) in isolated and unusual locations. His narrative project ‘Autoscopy’ which was completed in 2020 as a short is also part of a feature-length project which is currently in development. His work has been featured widely in online music & arts publications such as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Claes Nordwall
  • Screenwriter
    Claes Nordwall
  • Producer
    Claes Nordwall
  • Cast
    Ulrik Munther