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Films From Austria

"Brothers, let us be merry, bravely defy your troubles." So advises the slave's song in Mozart's Zaide while two men sit and stare, grimly determined to fulfil cinema's scopophilic potential.--- D/P/S Ulrich Seidl WS Sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/B&W/2006/1min ... Read more
Proceeding from the mythic Northern European content of what looks like a butter commercial. Prost takes on a curiously ghoulish quality Its footage degenerates becomes solarised and is reorganised within a constructivist-like montage into a rapidly-paced hallucinatory. Murnau inflected ... Read more
Paintings by children have been selected, arranged and animated so that child's dream of a fantasy journey may be conveyed to the audience. Award: "The Best Austrian Cultural Film of 1961". ... Read more
A strange and curious world: artificial scenes, a monster claw, a dancing razor, spilled liquid. Direct from a heaven of tangled filmic ideas. What does it mean? What is being represented? ... Read more
The trinity between early cinema, the avant-garde and advertising is playfully explored in Coming Attractions. Winner of the Best Short Film at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 25 mins, 2010, 35mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead. ... If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking History is a culinary excursion through the field kitchens of battles fought, lost and won. ... With ... Read more
A man wakes up. goes to work in a photocopy shop, and copies a series of pictures- of a man who wakes up and goes to work at a photocopy shop. Compositing 18000 photo­copied digital frames Copy Shop is an inventive masterpiece. ... Read more
A man wakes up, goes to work in a photocopy shop, and copies a series of pictures-of a man who wakes up and goes to work at a photocopy shop. ... Read more
Cosmodrome has serial composition, connecting its images across broad concepts of flight, light and the simple act of looking upwards. The first principle of this film is its blueness, captured in the incandescent light of a cinema, the early morning light at an aerodrome, and the projected light ... Read more
“Inhabiting the territory between Chekhov and Strindberg, on coke.” - filmmaker Viesturs Kairiss Since 17 year-old Ria's traumatic birth, her mother hasn't spoken, living in an almost catatonic state in an attic where she is cared for by her husband's new girlfriend. The abnormal family unit ... Read more
With virtuoso skill and devastating insight, [Darwin's Nightmare] accumulates the myriad human aspects of a compelling story to create a comprehensive, harrowing look at the human costs of the exploitation of Africa's resources by the developed world. ... Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of ... Read more
A sombre journey through a monastery, showing the tombs and caskets of Austrian rulers. ... Read more
“Explores intelligently the very touchy topic of anti-Semitism.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Having elicited charges of anti-Semitism from critics of his previous films, Yoav Shamir (Flipping Out, MIFF 08; 5 Days, MIFF 06) undertakes a personal study of the subject, travelling to Auschwitz ... Read more
Painted indigenous dancers pause in their ritual to pose for the camera. A woman hides her face and her children under a veil, like the women of Guinea-Bissau in Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1982) who shy away from the camera's interrogating gaze. Through the assemblage of amaleur footage (blown up ... Read more
The remarkable story of a Cinderella-like transformation from rags to riches - and it's all true. ... Based on the best-selling autobiography of Waris Dirie, Desert Flower is the inspirational true-story of a Somali nomad who escaped a cruel fate to find a better life as a supermodel in England ... Read more
On a sweltering hot summer day, the 'dog days' settle on an affluent Vienna suburb. Behind the sterile exteriors, outer garments and inhibitions are cast off as six characters lose their cool. Former beauty queen Klaudia finds herself the target of her boyfriend's insane jealousy. An elderly man ... Read more
Taking its structure from the time it takes to undergo the deepest sleep, Dream Work pays tribute to both the X-ray experiments of Man Ray and the deeper insights of Freudian psychology with a compelling examination of the nether world of one woman's dreams and nightmares. ... Read more
The final film in the magnificent CinemaScope trilogy, made "in appreciation of the cinematic art of Man Ray", is derived from the same source material as Outer Space but transports us to a multifaceted land of dreams. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 11 mins, 2001, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Gravity is added to a commonplace room with choreographed slow motion, simultaneously filling and emptying it. ... --- D/P/S Harald Hund, Paul Horn WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
“An unassumingly political work that unfolds with the simplicity of a parable and the gravity of a Bible story.” - New York Times Dry Season deals with the aftermath of Chad's 40-year civil war. When the government decrees an amnesty on all civil war crimes, 16 year-old orphan Atim, with the ... Read more
... ... A landmark in the history of the erotic film genre, Ecstasy has been known more for the scandal it provoked rather than as a fascinating and definitive work of Czech modernism. ... ... ... Originally titled Symphonic der Uebe (supposedly renamed by the producer when at the initial ... Read more
"Ulmer was nothing if not a self-inventor - by his own fantastic account, he created the first dolly and worked on every major film to come out of Weimar Germany, handily listing himself as an uncredited assistant. But Ulmer's moviemaking influence is incontrovertible. Using a Peter Bogdanovich ... Read more
A rhythmic sound and image montage of a space shuttle launch, giving the audience the sensation of flight. New film from MIFF regular Johann Lurf. ... D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
Erika Schinegger was the 1966 women's downhill skiing world champion. She was a popular figure; Austrian athlete of the year, she was a farm girl with a no-nonsense attitude, a funny haircut and a deep voice. In 1967, a urine test decreed that genetically she was a man, and her career came to an ... Read more
Found peeping torn footage, projected through a moving sieve of film edge perforations is used here not as subject matter but as a way of suggestively inflecting the resulting layered light patterns and soundtrack. ... Read more
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