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HOTEL (Jessica Hausner, 2004)
Hotel Austria/GermanyIrene has just begun a job as a front-desk clerk in a small mountain resort. Residing in the hotel itself, Irena has plenty of time to wander the long, empty corridors at night'T… Read more

I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2006)
“Albeit closer to ballet than drama, this urban nocturne is one of Tsai's most beautiful and naturalistic films.” - Village Voice Taiwan's champion of minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang (What Time is I… Read more

I turn over the pictures of my voice in my head (Valie Export, 2009)
A Deep Throat for the mind. ... --- D/P/S Valie Export WS SixPackFilm L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more

I’m a Star! (Stefan Stratil, 2002)
A lonely man, a cigarette, a hotel hallway— this is the setting for an ironic take on Sinatra lore. Fueled by the contents of his flask, he staggers for all eternity through the corridors of a … Read more

Ikonostasis-Live (Thomas Steiner, 1994)
In the tradition of Walter Ruttman and Dziga Vertov, Steiner uses the camera as a brush, in the manner of conceptual art. Rarely focussed and constantly moving the camera records reflected light in a… Read more

IMPORT EXPORT (Ulrich Seidl, 2007)
“A masterfully composed drama that explores themes of morality and mortality in a manner that's squalid, surprising and often transcendent.” - Eye Weekly ... Olga is a young nurse and mother livi… Read more

In the Beginning was the Eye (Bady Minck, 2002)
Direct from Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, In the Beginning was the Eye is a film about narration and remembering; about the volatility of language and image and the tricks… Read more

IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN (Martina Kudlácek, 2001)
A pioneer of American avant-garde cinema, voodoo priestess and dancer, Maya Deren created a unique body of work before dying, tragically young, in 1961. She was a vivacious, bohemian artist whose fie… Read more

In the Wake (Alexander Curtis, 1992)
The first sentence of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake is fused together with anonymous film material; "Riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus … Read more

Instructions for Light and Sound Machine (Peter Tscherkassky, 2005)
Sergio Leone's classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly provides Tscherkassky with a canvas on which to create a hyper-kinetic marriage of sound and vision that celebrates and deconstructs the very nat… Read more

IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE (Anja Salomonowitz, 2006)
An artistic confrontation with the global phenomenon of trafficking in women. Taking an unconventional approach, filmmaker Anja Salomonowitz creates a ‘fictional documentary' where the true storie… Read more

It Works (Fridolin Shönwiese, 1999)
Four handicapped children of ten, each working at their task; to write, to swim to dance, to speak. We do not see their disability, not 'how hard it must be for them', but rather see them simply at w… Read more

JAMES ELLROY (Reinhard Jud, 1993)
The legion of James Ellroy fans could require nothing more of this Austrian canonisation of their hero, the uninitiated no better primer. A 'mood' documentary, Jud's film seeks to be more than simple… Read more

JESUS, YOU KNOW (Ulrich Seidl, 2004)
Jesus, You Know (Jesus, du Weisst)Austria Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl shocked Festival audiences in 2002 with the disturbing Dog Days. Seidl returns this year with the more austere, but nonethele… Read more

Jogging (Josef Dabernig, 2000)
Jogging sneaks up on you along a barren post apocalyptic highway cluttered with signs of displacement. It finishes with a ghetto of dogs as ominous and degrading as the eyes staring out of any shanty… Read more

JOURNEY WITH PETER SELLARS, A (Mark Kidel, 2007)
“Art for me is a path and not a destination.” - theatre director Peter Sellars ... Filming over two years, Mark Kidel travels a rocky artistic road with one of the world's most controversial thea… Read more

Kaleidoscope - Made in Austria (Helmut Pfandler, 1961)
A pictorial survey of Austria's industrial potential, told without commentary in purely visual terms. ... Read more

KASSBACH - A PORTRAIT (Peter Patzak, 1979)
Kassbach is a grocer in Vienna. With four close friends sharing the same social background, he belongs to a right-wing organization known as 'Initiative', which stages small-scale demonstrations and … Read more

Kelimba (Peter Tscherkassky, 1986)
Images fall in and out of abstraction and fluctuate to the rhythms of Greek folk music, creating an exotic dance on the screen. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 10 mins, 1986, 16mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sou… Read more

KILL DADDY GOODNIGHT (Michael Glawogger, 2008)
A post-modern faux-thriller about obsession, guilt and wanting to ‘off' your dad. ... Irascible and lazy, Rupert ‘Ratz' Kramer is a 35-year-old slacker who plays out his patricidal fantasies thro… Read more

Kilvo (Michaela Grill, )
Kilvo, Lapland. A remote, barren, almost unfriendly landscape is the inspiration for 'blip-glitch-tronica' from Radian. In a four-fold split screen, Grill's visuals reduce the countryside into contou… Read more

Korridor (Dietmar Brehm, 1998)
Korridor is composed mostly of found footage and Brehm's mirror projections into the preexisting compositions. The filmmaker stalks a neo-gothic gallery of pornographic actors engaged in gloomy revel… Read more

L'Arrivée (Peter Tscherkassky, 1997/98)
Tscherkassky's first foray into CinemaScope pays homage to his cinematic forebears with a frenetic remake of the Lumière film, L'Arrivee d'un train a La Ciotat (starring no other than Catherine Dene… Read more

LA PIVELLINA (Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, 2009)
“A bittersweet yet often joyful paean to the pleasures and perils of family life.” - Eye Weekly ... Even when you're part of a circus troupe, there's not a lot to do in the midst of a dreary Roma… Read more

Last Lost (Eve Heller, 1996)
A mesmerizing and wondrous film gleaned from an entertainment movie about a spritely chimpanzee and revellers escaping the heat at Coney Island. ... Eve Heller, 14 mins, 1996, 16mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more

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