Films From Austria

Shape, form, volume, timbre, tone, colour and light: No space is ever empty - spot the long-legged baby elephant. ... --- ... D/P Ben Pointeker WS Sixpack Film L No dialogue TD 35mm/col/ 2007/9mins ... ... ... Read more
This perceptual training film disciplines the eye to catch a single frame, an explosion of light, a moment of gesture and timing. ... --- D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
By such techniques as painting and scratching directly onto film, Martin Anibas creates a bold abstract in motion. The film's visual rhythm is echoed in the soundtrack's jazz-influenced score. ... Read more
... ... Vienna, Christmas Eve, 1993. A nineteen year old student randomly shoots several people. Framed as a mystery, 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance unfolds in five asymmetrical chapters that eschew conventional narrative strategies and simple character-driven psychology to decon­struct what director Micheal Haneke sees as the 'progressive emotional glaciation' of his country. ... Twelve l... Read more
Fusing the sublime and the anarchic, through images of mountain ranges and an inexplicable road accident, this film's slow motion and grainy images concentrate the senses. A crackling soundtrack supports themes of emptiness and 'anxiety in the ptesence of irreversibility'. ... Read more
The imagination of children transcends the technical problems of reaching the Moon in a spaceship. Children from seven countries were asked to submit drawings of the imagined lunar voyage; the results would make this a trip worth taking. A multi-prize winning Festival film. ... Read more
A commuter train rattles through the night, and as a man threatens a woman in the carriage, the audience is forced to confront the question "what would you do?" Schweiger's tautly constructed film is as disquieting for the introspective journey it asks the viewer to take as for the unpleasant circumstances it depicts. ... Read more
Martin Arnold's third installment in what constitutes something of a trilogy continues where piece touchee (1989) and passage a I'act (1993) never quite left off. Throwing down the gauntlet to Hollywood's space/time system, Arnold's methodology rigorously tears asunder the film language of classic American cinema. passage a fact revealed and revelled in the family as prison, reworking a few grabs ... Read more
... ... Lonely lives consumed by an almost unnatural passion for pets! Child substitute, surrogate lover, plaything, pawn in relationship power struggles, the whole notion of innocent puppy love gets left far behind in this truly disturbing look at the desperate human need for companionship. ... ... ... From the two old bastards with their new purchase of an increasingly erratic and vicious mutt, ... Read more
Henry Hills (Porter Springs 4, MIFF 99) directs this visually and acoustically arresting cut-up epic that combines a wide variety of footage - both found and shot by the filmmaker - underscored with pieces from The Bribe, John Zorn's 1986 musical tribute to crime fiction writer Mickey Spillane. ... D/P Henry Hills S John Zorn WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
Eve Heller's Astor Place poses the question of who is watching whom by positioning an observational camera in a modern urban thoroughfare in a film that pays homage to early cinema. ... Eve Heller, 10 mins, 1997, 16mm, B&W, Silent ... Read more
Brehm's übung (Exercise) started when he picked up an unfamiliar 8mm camera and experimented with shooting into a three part mirror in a simple panning motion. In editing, Brehm discovered that rejected footage marked by an X was more interesting because of the presence of the mark which denoted its unusuitability. The exercise, in its final form, is evidence of how unplanned action can result in ... Read more
Rosenberger uses found amateur footage. From 1939 as a protest against the indifference of its own positivist point of view. The original film was made by a man in which sandwiched between cosy scenes of his wife and baby on a sailing holiday he filmed a passing street parade with Hitler uniforms and Nazi salutes. Retaining its original sequence the stark, jarring aesthetic of Rosenberger's rework... Read more
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A cinematic rumination on the riddle of presence and absence that utilizes hand processed negative and positive imagery, exploiting some of the medium's unique characteristics to engage the imagination of the viewer. ... Eve Heller, 10 mins, 2004, 16mm, B&W, Silent ... Read more
Screened, to high acclaim, at the Cannes, Toronto, London and Berlin Film Festivals, Benny's Video elicited the same stunned silence from each audience drawn into its world of violence under brutal examination. With riveting formal control, director Michael Haneke has created a chill, unsparing exploration of the anaesthetising properties of too much violent imagery too soon. ... Benny is a young ... Read more
Traversing homogenous suburbs and multiplexed freeways, Besenbahn clinically and elegantly fragments the notion of a 'road movie'. Using time slice technology, this videographic experiment transcends time and place as it ruptures the geometries of movement and perception. ... Read more
Persistently black & white, and in negative for ever. This caressing film transcends. (Based on a sci-fi story by Samuel R. Delany which tells the story between a 'spacer' and a 'frelk'...in a future world where bodies radiate.) The pulsat­ing texture of buildings, plants, and rooms with their everyday objects, of bodies and life's movements is uncovered, like removing a transparent covering. This... Read more
The second instalment of a 6 part series on vio­lence and sexuality — Blicklust juxtaposes 50's S&M, a surgical operation and found footage. ... Voyeurism reigns in this display of subtle vio­lence accompanied solely by the relentless sound of traffic outside in the 'real' world. Images of a woman gagged and bound to vari­ous apparatuses slowly fade in and out of a bloodless 'hand job'. The clampe... Read more
Blicklust sets up a perverse dynamic of scientific and sadistic study. Commencing with an elaborate diagram of an eye, the film plummets into an indeterminate shadow world, peering through ruffled curtains at images cold, precise and debauched. The scientific dissection of living tissue is matched with the ritual of sexual bondage. A surgical operation on an arm is cut with old pornographic footag... Read more
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