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Filmmaker Deutsch adapted his camera so it could only make three-second shots. He then travelled to Morocco and filmed three hundred of these three-second shots. Co-director Mustafa Tabbou did the same in Austria. The result is an unusual compilation of snapshot images providing a mutual perception ... Read more
Playing somewhat like an updated, Austrian version of The Big Chill, Falling is the story of five women returning to their small hometown for their teacher's funeral. Having been apart for almost 14 years, the old school friends seize the opportunity to bond and reminisce, spending the next 24 ... Read more
Fast Film is a chase through film-chases. Using print-outs of found-footage frames, which are then folded and animated, it is an extraordinarily stimulating trip through the history of action films. Screened in Official Competition at Cannes. ... Read 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 stock used to run an early German computer. An ongoing project, Film Ist is structured in a series of ... Read more
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 themed chapters but explores an entirely new realm of lost German silent cinema. ... Deutsch's Film ist ... Read more
“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 ... Read 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 the original material. ... 1 Words 2 Locations 3 Themes 4 Colours ... 1 Film , Horse drawn ... Read more
“One year from now, we should meet here again, because we have been through quite something together.” An unlikely trio of men gets closer and more confined than they ever imagined when their car is run off the road and into a ravine. It begins with Rafael and his brother-in-law heading to the ... Read more
15-year-old Maria recalls her childhood in farming village Kirchdorf. She believes she is cursed and performs daily rituals in a bid to become a saint and avert ill fate for her family and friend Nataljia. But Manas daily prayers fail and she must face the unknown and the loss of her friend. ... Read more
A cacophony of horns, alarms and multiple images that freezes and hence burns in the projector gate. Originally presented as a live performance in 1983 under the title The End of Film History. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 9 mins, 1983, 16mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sound ... Read more
The filmmaker stoically animates his naked body in single frame exposures. An impressive exercise in technical precision, which gathers momentum as the rules of the film's construction play against the rhythms of the natural world. ... ---D/P Albert Sackl WS Sixpackfilm L No dialogue TD ... Read more
The first Austrian film to be invited to Cannes in 35 years, Michael Haneke's Funny Games caused an incredible reaction at initial screenings. Outraged journalists spread descriptions that evoked a moving sculpture of remorselessness, an icy pinnacle of violence inspired by the media. They reasoned ... Read more
Fuse (Gori Valtra) Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/France/TurkeyIn the small Bosnian town of Tesanje things appear calm in the aftermath of the ravaging war. People seem warm and open, and the town square is an inviting meeting point for its inhabitants. But look closer and there is a seedy underbelly ... Read more
An animated film involving destructive stones. ... Read more
An idyllic day at the seaside literally slides off the screen in this quick-witted cinema trailer for the 1999 International Film Festival Viennale. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 1 min, 1999, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Winner of the Golden Bear, Peace Film Award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Named after the neighbourhood adjacent to where the film's writer-director was raised, Grbavica is the startling debut feature from Jasmila Zbanic. This important and moving account ... Read more
Prvi Igrani Film o Srpskoj Trupi (First movie about Serbian Trumpet) An ambitious young trumpeter, Romeo, falls in love with a freckled maiden, Juliana, whose father also happens to be a trumpeter. The father does not approve of this love match, unimpressed with Romeo's “black” face. The young ... Read more
“Rarely has gritty naturalism and visual poetry been married so stirringly as in Half Moon.” - Toronto Film Festival The fourth feature from venerated Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly) - inspired by Mozart's Requiem - centres on a musician in the ... Read more
Home movies of a married couple combining their love of life and film were discarded in a junk shop to be lovingly resurrected and reworked by Tscherkassky in celebration of the centenary of cinema. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 11 mins, 1996, 35mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sound ... Read more
Ghostly and beautiful, Siegfried A Fruhauf's (Palmes d'Or, MIFF 09; Realtime, MIFF 03) Heavy Eyes is hypnotic cinema of abstraction and Neo-Expressionism. ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
A silent view of six women and their interaction with the camera, showing how the camera's presence always creates an inauthentic moment. ... --- ... D/P/S Friedl vom Gröller WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Friedl vom Gröller WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... Read more
“I set out to make a film about how unwitting constellations of meaning rise to the surface of understanding at a pace outside of worldly time. This premise became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” ... Eve Heller, 5 mins, 2001, B&W, Silent ... Read more
Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) live a model middle-class life in Paris, with their well-adjusted son, Pierrot. Georges is a TV host and Anne works in publishing. While there are no ripples mocking the glassy surface of these waters, a dark current runs beneath. One day, a ... Read more
The story of Sylvester, 76-year-old astronomer, and seven-year-old Katharina, who spends a summer with him. They go on a treasure hunt with their friends old Egon and Veronika, who is the same age as Katharina. They find a pair of magic brass binoculars through which they can see Sylvester and Egon ... Read more
A wheelchair-mounted camera explores the unexpected perspective and intriguing modifications of a man's flat/amusement park/world. ... --- D/P/S Martin Bruch, Reinhilde Condin WS SixPackFilm TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
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