an unlocked door....
Emerging from a
remote landscape, a stranger
enters the home of a female artist who lives alone.
Once in the house, the stranger takes up residence..undetected.
Over the course of a year, the artist remains unaware of her
uninvited guest, though his presence gradually influences the
development of her work, leading towards an unexpected denouement...
on a true story, TATSUKO is a
silent feature, shot largely in black and white, using available light.
It has a running time of approximately 40 minutes. Soundscape by Wyn Lewis Jones Watch the Trailer onYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NwVwNk0NuA
Gillian McIver-Tanbouli Director, Studio 75
"Tatsuko is an extraordinary project, and encompasses all of the
prodigious skills and talents that a master of their craft can
accomplish. Glenn Ibbitson's 40-min film is a hauntingly beautiful,
dramatically gripping yet enigmatic film that draws the viewer into a
world dominated by a strange landscape, where the familiar becomes
alien and human relationships are intense yet completely distant.
The story is simple: a hooded man arrives at a remote farmhouse. The
artist who inhabits the house, goes about her daily self absorbed
routine, oblivious to the dark figure watching her. Slowly he begins to
inhabit her territory, watching, waiting. Scuttling away when she is
near, yet closer to her than her own breath. Is he real, or a shadow?
Is he malign, or a guardian angel?
The film's cinematography is breathtaking, making the most of both the
wild Welsh landscape, and the way that ordinary interiors can be imbued
with suspense. In their majestic stillness, the shots breathe the
artistry of Antonioni, while the enigmatic yet intense story echoes
The entire film was made by Ibbitson, with a magnificent soundtrack by
Wyn Lewis Jones. The script, scenography, camera, lighting, editing is
all done by Ibbitson, and it is a shock to realise that since before
the credit you imagine this is film that took a significant budget and
a crew. But no. Having previously made a number of short films,
Ibbitson's status as a master painter can be seen and felt in every
frame. Tatsuko, as well as being hugely entertaining, is an object
lesson in how that most traditional of art forms, painting, can be a
discipline and a catalyst to electrify and deliver art cinema of the
Dec. 2012 Artist
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