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Organics

Austria, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Peepshow – Titillation & The Moving Image – Black Garden)

Director: Dietmar Brehm

The last of the Schwarzer Garten series elegantly loops into moments of the earlier works (with the notable exception of Macumba). The ocean sounds from The Murder Mystery bleed into the stalking scene as a woman is followed by the voyeur, who appears here in full frontal close-up, without the glasses as mask. The voyeur centres the image with his glassy stare and occasionally his penis. Surgical implements open a wound seemingly in preparation for sex, someone suffocates and a woman bandages her face. Organics brings sex closer to death, the film extinguishing breath, beauty and light.

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The Murder Mystery

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Macumba

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