The film project KALA-A-ZAR by visual artist Janis Rafa has been selected for De Verbeelding (“Imagination”) 2016, a collaboration between The Netherlands Film Fund and the Mondriaan Fund.
During the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht a special event is devoted to the 10 year anniversary of De Verbeelding. The collaboration which amongst others resulted in the SNG Film production WINTER SILENCE in 2008. A teaser of KALA-A-ZAR has especially been made by Janis Rafa for this event.
Kala-a-zar describes of a place that cannot sustain animal life any longer. In a big city somewhere in the south of Europe, a couple takes care of dead animals and abandoned roadkill as an act to give meaning to their life. Kala-a-zar is a meditation on the paradox of life-circles among beings of different species. A film about existence, on the boundaries between living and dead, human and non-human.
Janis Rafa has previously made several short films. Her project Three Farewells: film trilogy has a.o. been shown in EYE Amsterdam. Her work can be found in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Rijksakademie, the Caldic Collection, and the State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki).
KALA-A-ZAR will be shot in Greece in the beginning of 2019 and is a co-production with Athens-based production company Heretic. The film is also financially supported by the The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Abraham Tuschinskifonds and Greek Film Center.