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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'Time also to become suspicious about the whereabouts of the woman she replaced, who recently ... Read more
“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 It There?, The Wayward Cloud), travels to his homeland of Malaysia for this cinematic elegy that is as ... Read more
A Deep Throat for the mind. ... --- D/P/S Valie Export WS SixPackFilm L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
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 hotel whose name he has forgotten, his macho image looking increasingly absurd. ... Read more
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 series of abstracted patterns that are given substance by a soundtrack created by hand scratching ... Read more
“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 living in the Ukraine who, wanting more from life, seeks an escape from her low-paying job. She finds ... Read more
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 our sensual perception plays on us. Lurid postcards and filmed images of the exact locations are ... Read more
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 fierce individuality and wildly exuberant appearance and manner allowed her access to a diverse group ... Read more
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 of recirculation back to Howth Castle and environs". ... Read more
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 nature of the filmstrip. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 17mins, 2005, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
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 stories of women subjected to trafficking are told by everyday people close to - but not a part of - the ... Read more
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 work, acting and existing in the world that their bodies shape for them. it works uses the simplest ... Read more
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 biography by scouring the former haunts of this reformed drunk, junkie and house-breaker, cruising ... Read more
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 nonetheless equally compelling Jesus, You Know, in which he turns cinema into a confessional.Focusing on six ... Read more
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 shantytown, fringe dwelling or garbage dump. ... Read more
“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 theatre directors, Peter Sellars. Focusing on his curatorial duties for the New Crowned Hope Festival in ... Read more
A pictorial survey of Austria's industrial potential, told without commentary in purely visual terms. ... Read more
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 confrontations with Catholic and left-wing groups. On the surface, this neo-Nazi organization is ... Read more
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, Sound ... Read more
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 through the development of a violent computer game. A chance call from an old flame sends him to New ... Read more
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 contour lines that ultimately map out this seemingly infinite environment in a kaleidoscope of animated ... Read more
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 revelry. Present among his images, he appears in a series of impending repetitions. The metaphor of ... Read more
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 Deneuve). ... Peter Tscherkassky, 2 mins, 1997/98, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
“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 Roman winter. Days and nights are filled by perfecting performances and waiting for warmer weather to ... Read more
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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