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Directed by Dimitri Soukonnov

Source: super 35MM Fuji 400 (ARRI 435)
Master: DigiBeta

The River
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"THE RIVER" BASED on a personal SONIC VISUALIZATION of: THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD. I wanted to create imagery inspired by the following: 1) readings in Russian and English of the TBOD 2) conversations with monks I had visited in the southeast region of Siberia who practiced a form of shamanic Buddhism, mainly handed down word of mouth, remarkable in this way for always remaining in the present. 3) My journey to the west and its subsequent challenge to everything I had ever known- a kind of death therein. 4) A visualization of the Tibetan Book of the Dead that is disturbing, beautiful, mysterious, romantic, lyrical and classical...

There is an escape. There is another road. Someone might know what lies beyond those waters...

Other inspirations: The visual theme of the river was inspired by very different sources such as The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Dracula by Bram Stoker and most of all by the legend of the mythological river Styx
(a symbolic division between life and death). It's a glimpse into a secret world filled with burning energy, wild dreams, romantic stories and enchanted souls.

'As you journey over the river you will come to a fire running across the sky from one end to the other. You will see a dark angel on the other side of the river. He is waiting for you. Moreover, he will take care of you.
(Egyptian Book of Death)'

Music style: Acoustic guitar playing ancient Egyptian tune that morphs into an old Irish/English lute-like chorus, layered with extensively synthesized textures, 5-string and keyboard bass, strange groovy beats, piano and female vocals going from ethereal intros to earthy choruses.

Artist: Kin Za Za
Director: Dimtri Soukonnov
D.O.P: Duraid Munajim
Additional cinematography: Dimitri Soukonnov
Pre-edit: Dimitri Soukonnov (Sense Productions)/DPS Velocity
Final edit:Sylvain Boivin/Smoke*
FX Artist: Elke Starck/Inferno*
Niki Bern/Inferno*
Executive Producer: Paul Lebrasseur
Big Thanx to Stephane Labrie and Stephane Desautels
Humongous THANX to Louise Lege and Claude Pilon

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