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Waking Up

An evocative visual symphony that explores the harrowing depths of abuse.
4/5

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Tina Kuzman’s hauntingly powerful experimental film unfolds as a visceral exploration into the mental turmoil of an abused young woman, portrayed with poignant depth by Andjela Radović. Shot in dual tones of black and white and color, complemented by a melancholic soundtrack, Kuzman’s collaboration with Una Jovović on cinematography weaves a visually poetic narrative, utilizing metaphorical imagery to delve into themes of abuse, guilt, and identity.

The recurring presence of a doll serves as a potent symbol, representing the protagonist’s manipulated existence, a puppet ensnared by the strings of control. Dance sequences, portraying a desperate yearning for freedom and expression, further enhance the film’s emotional impact. Without dialogue, Radović’s compelling performance speaks volumes, especially in poignant scenes that hint at the harrowing effects of sexual abuse and assault, depicted through the character’s isolated anguish and the haunting specter of an impending pregnancy.

Kuzman’s film is a beautifully executed exploration of female empowerment, capturing the raw essence of sorrow and resilience. Its artistic and symbolic cinematography serves as a visual treat, transforming each frame into a poetic composition that resonates long after the film concludes. A courageous and evocative cinematic journey, this short film is a testament to the potency of storytelling through visual artistry.

Brief Synopsis

Struggle of a woman implies various levels of violence. Punishment we set for ourselves for not being perfect fit along with punishment someone else imposed on us. Sometimes both together can even bring a new life.
Waking Up Experimental Short Film

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Credits

Director(s): Tina Kuzman
Writer(s): Tina Kuzman
Cast: Andjela Radović
Producer(s): Tina Kuzman
Director of Photography: Tina Kuzman, Una Jovović
Animation (if applicable):

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Runtime: 5 min

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Waking Up

An evocative visual symphony that explores the harrowing depths of abuse.
4/5

Review

Tina Kuzman’s hauntingly powerful experimental film unfolds as a visceral exploration into the mental turmoil of an abused young woman, portrayed with poignant depth by Andjela Radović. Shot in dual tones of black and white and color, complemented by a melancholic soundtrack, Kuzman’s collaboration with Una Jovović on cinematography weaves a visually poetic narrative, utilizing metaphorical imagery to delve into themes of abuse, guilt, and identity.

The recurring presence of a doll serves as a potent symbol, representing the protagonist’s manipulated existence, a puppet ensnared by the strings of control. Dance sequences, portraying a desperate yearning for freedom and expression, further enhance the film’s emotional impact. Without dialogue, Radović’s compelling performance speaks volumes, especially in poignant scenes that hint at the harrowing effects of sexual abuse and assault, depicted through the character’s isolated anguish and the haunting specter of an impending pregnancy.

Kuzman’s film is a beautifully executed exploration of female empowerment, capturing the raw essence of sorrow and resilience. Its artistic and symbolic cinematography serves as a visual treat, transforming each frame into a poetic composition that resonates long after the film concludes. A courageous and evocative cinematic journey, this short film is a testament to the potency of storytelling through visual artistry.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Struggle of a woman implies various levels of violence. Punishment we set for ourselves for not being perfect fit along with punishment someone else imposed on us. Sometimes both together can even bring a new life.
Waking Up Experimental Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Tina Kuzman
Writer(s): Tina Kuzman
Cast: Andjela Radović
Producer(s): Tina Kuzman
Director of Photography: Tina Kuzman, Una Jovović
Animation:

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Year:
Runtime: 5 min
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