Odessa Deconstruction

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  • 2012
  • 4'13''
  • video
  • black & white
  • Orig. Title: Dekonstrukcija Odese

Bow cannons ominously turn. The title says: Meta – Odessa Opera. The enemy camp. Cannon fire begins. We see stone cherubs, and smoke. A sleepy lion wakes up and prances. Explosions, total annihilation. The described frame timeline does not necessarily correspond to the one (already) seen on the screen. (Naturally, you recognized the scene from Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, where sailors attack Odessa after the staircase slaughter. The scene is described in several theoretical editions because of the images of three lions: the first one sleeps, the second one wakes up, and the third one prances.) The scene is composed of 20 frames, including three titles, with an overall duration of 34 seconds.

Director
Tvrtko Rašpolić
Screenplay
Tvrtko Rašpolić
Editing
Tvrtko Rašpolić
Producer
Dijana Mlađenović
Production
Kinematograf

Tvrtko Rašpolić (1973) graduated with a degree in film and TV directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb (ADU). Since the mid-1990s he has been active as the prose editor at Plima magazine. His works have been published in collective editions Plimaši, Dnevnici entropije, Ekran priče and in periodicals: Vijenac, Homo Volans, Nomad, Večernji list and Plima. In 1998, Matica Hrvatska published his collection of short stories Sjedači na gredi. Since 2001 he has worked with Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) as the director of the quiz show The Weakest Link and the theatre programme Drugi red partera. In 2003, he directed the documentary film Izbačeno, nađeno, produced by ADU, screened in the competition programme at Days of Croatian Film. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Film Workers (HDFD).

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