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Austria, 2009 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

Director: Gustav Deutsch

“A film is a girl and a gun.” - D.W. Griffith

Gustav Deutsch puts the famous axiom to the test with this continuation of his Film ist. project, delivering his most stunning and erotically charged film yet. (Two previous instalments, Film ist. 1-6 and Film ist. 7-12, screened at MIFF in 2000 and 2002).

Weaving together a hypnotic mash-up of archival film from the first five decades of cinema, Deutsch splices together ethnographic films, war footage, science documentaries, explicit pornography and 1930s feature films to concoct a kaleidoscopic visual essay in five parts about love, sex, violence and death.

“Deutsch is not only a master sleuth in the film archives looking for exciting, challenging and amazing old images, he's also a master in the subtle composition of his finds into new film stories.” - Rotterdam Film Festival

D/S Gustav Deutsch P Loop Media, Manfred Neuwirth WS SixPackFilm L English, German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

See also...

FILM IST. 7–12

Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. 1-6 intrigued MIFF 2000 audiences with its collection of rare and bizarre scientific footage. The follow-up project, Film ist. 7-12, adopts a similar structure of six ... More »


"Thirteen works by popular American painter Edward Hopper spring to life in this experimental Austrian tour-de-force." - Hollywood Reporter ... Edward Hopper's compositions are renowned for their ... More »

World mirror cinema

In this new-found footage work by Gustav Deutsch (Film Ist), three historical camera pans take in the streets and squares of Vienna, Surabaya and Porto. They provide a starting point for reflecting ... More »


Gustav Deutsch's magnificent Film Ist recycles every­thing from footage purchased in a flea-market (old Mexican soap-opera colour tests used by a cleaning lady to scrub floors) through to 35mm ... More »


Film Speaks Many Languages is a reworking of 21 fragments of a feature film made in India found in Casablanca and reworked in Vienna used to (re)construct a one minute story in four parts dictated by ... More »


Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. ... From the unerring hand of Michael Haneke (Funny Games, MIFF 08; Hidden, MIFF 05; The Time of the Wolf, MIFF 03) comes a tautly ... More »

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