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Every year the Viennale invites a famous director to produce a short film as the festival trailer. In 2013 the choice has fallen on Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat, world-renowned for her installations and photos. Neshat's work ILLUSIONS & MIRRORS, circa two minutes long, was created as part of a larger project, a half-feature-length experimental film, which she will be shooting in the coming weeks with the support of Dior. Filmed in her characteristic, radical, mainly black-and-white style, ILLUSIONS & MIRRORS traces the somnambulistic hallucinations of a young woman, played by Natalie Portman. It was shot by cameraman Darius Khondji, most recently responsible for the cinematography of Michael Haneke's AMOUR. ILLUSIONS & MIRRORS is about the futile attempt of chasing a shadow that wanders through the dunes of an empty beach. When it finally comes to an encounter in a deserted house, the young woman experiences a disturbing surprise. A small film by a great artist, and the first... Written by Viennale

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Simple, but not too memorable
5 October 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Illusions & Mirrors" is a 2-minute short film from 2 years ago, well actually it is the trailer for the Vienna Film Festival that year and they have a tradition of inviting notable artists to come up with a very short introduction. This one here is done by Iranian female(!) director Shirin Neshat and it stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman. No talk in here, no colors, just a very short mysterious story about a mysterious woman. I must say, it was okay from an artistic perspective, but in terms of story or any other components, I was not really impressed. Worth a watch only for huge Portman fans. The rest is not missing much and can very well do without watching this one.


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