omphalos is a short-length experimental film on sacredness, realised by KONSCHT MASCHINN in Athens, Greece.
Starting from the mere presence of humans and earth and the establishment of adoration between the two, all elements of the film are meant to define what is sacred, in the strictest and broadest sense simultaneously.
omphalos blends a documentary approach with a hyper-real, almost abstract fictionalism. Events pushing reality to unseen boundaries are grounded by concrete emotional content which the film almost neutrally documents.
The result is a model for a reality in the image of a theme — sacredness — which perhaps is today more relevant than ever.
omphalos begins with a hieratic representation of sacredness as a physical state of reverence. This grows in dynamism when the characters start projecting the understanding of the human mind on earth and the places they choose to live in.
A sacred world accompanies them; strikes them by its power, by beauty and cruelty; and through them emerges into peace, a human condition that is both prosperous and preserving.
It is peace that allows the characters to relate to the unknown and the supernatural in a human way — creatively.