From the Film Maker:
When I was walking through the National Gallery, I noted down every painting which struck me. I ended up with a list of about ten paintings. Eventually only two of them were evoking such strong feelings.
Finally, I chose the painting which presents nothing – nothingness. A lady standing with her back to us, an empty interior, freezing colours – what could be more evocative of emptiness?
No other painting suggested to me to such a degree the subtle message between the artist’s feeling and the way he painted that feeling.
I wrote a scenario which is less serious and philosophical, and (in my opinion) more humorous. I decided to keep a link by focusing on the general mood.
However, the strongest connection is built on having one character acting straight in the movie and one character who is physically absent but mentally becomes a reason for what is happening out there.
A piece inspired by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior, 1899