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The Independent Critic

Anna Ilaya Ozolina and Martin Galligan
Damien Byrne
10 Mins.

 "The Nymph" Released by Oracle Pictures 

Damien Byrne's 10-minute short fantasy is set in an enchanted forest where a hunter slays a white wolf. That night, he's visited by a forest nymph who lures him deeper into the forest.

Brought to life by Martin Galligan and Anna Ilaya Ozolina to the accompaniment of Debussy's "Claire de Lune," The Nymph unquestionably possesses the the touch of a filmmaker whose background is strong in animation and art direction. With beautiful lensing by Justin MacCarthy and Burschi Wojnar and equally stunning costuming by Corinna Goven with Byrne's own production design, The Nymph is a memorable weaving together of music, dance, performance art, storytelling, and fantasy that often feels like you're watching your local ballet company or even operatic production, minus the vocals, in a way that is enchanting and magically rendered.

Those seeking nothing more than a cohesive story will likely be disappointed, because Byrne nicely focuses on the imagery without mandating what his audience is to think and feel. The Nymph will mean different things to different people.

The Nymph is just beginning its festival run and should have no problem finding a home on the indie/underground fest circuit, especially in Europe where the film's more experimental qualities will be more easily embraced. The Ireland-based production is an enchanting visualization of Debussy yet vividly brought to life with Byrne's own artistic vision. For more information on the film, visit the Oracle Pictures website linked to in the credits.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic