Ornament of Beauty is a dark and surreal short narrative film inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 70. Alina dashes through a gloomy cemetery, fleeing from the voices of slander that materialize in the form of Raum, a demonic, crow-headed man. Paralyzed by his control in this fever-dream, Alina is forced to face her oppressor in order to find freedom. Shakespeare’s text in voiceover brings context to this visual play of allegory and magical realism, in a story about transformation through the confrontation and ultimate embrace of our shadows.
Directed by Andy Fortenbacher