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This film has a secret. The secret is not what you watch but how you watch it. In as much as the meaning of 'documentary' is concerned, Now And All Time is pure. Rich natural light, beautiful extended shots, crisp sound, austere surroundings and a laconic pace all combine to take us right into the ... Read more
This charming film follows Emil - circus director and ringmaster - and his little circus from one village to the next, through the Austrian winter landscape. The film reveals the endless routine of circus life and the personal lives of the circus director and his family. We meet his jovial partner ... Read more
Excavating the very first roll of film she ever shot, Eve Heller provides an ambiguous illumination upon which to meditate. ... Eve Heller, 2 mins, 1978/2009, 35mm (S-8 blow up), Colour, Silent ... Read more
A short silent museum piece. Two actors are seen from the eye of the projector, miming out an ironic series of sentimental impressions. A conceptual animation film. ... Read more
Cells of light generated by video feedback were recorded and re-recorded; their patterns determined by amplitude and frequency resulting in a mesmerizing display of order emerging from chaos and vice versa. The sound track was generated by 2 identical tracks playing in opposite directions - the end ... Read more
The last of the Schwarzer Garten series elegantly loops into moments of the earlier works (with the notable exception of Macumba). The ocean sounds from The Murder Mystery bleed into the stalking scene as a woman is followed by the voyeur, who appears here in full frontal close-up, without the ... Read more
“Some will see a horrifying indictment of the industry's cruelties, others a realistic depiction of mechanized farming, and some a soft-spoken tribute to manual labor. Meanwhile, precisely composed lensing and painstaking sound design create moments of sublime beauty” - Variety Our Daily Bread ... Read more

Out

(1957)
A border. Figures are seen in flight across the landscape. Volunteers help receive the refugees in Austria and lake them to a Red Cross frontier shelter; among them is a young widow from the working class, Maria Varga, and her two boys. They are carried on a bus, with a young stranger named Peter ... Read more
The calm suburban exterior of a 1980's B-picture is shattered into an exhilarating cinematic maelstrom in this undisputed classic in Tscherkassky's oeuvre. A film that must been seen to be believed and then seen again and again! ... Peter Tscherkassky, 10 mins, 1999, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Photos taken at Cannes are transformed into a collection of blurred silhouettes, grey streaks and iconoclasm where perfection usually reigns. ... --- ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD ... Read more
"A disarmingly funny and tender examination of sex and religion." - Indiewire ... Part two of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy joins Anna Maria (a fabulous Maria Hofstätter), the sister of Paradise: Love's Teresa, as she, too, embarks on a holiday. In this case it is to the outskirts of Vienna, where ... Read more
"This final part of [Ulrich Seidl's] eccentric trilogy yields unexpected pleasures." - Hollywood Reporter ... Thirteen-year-old Meli (the daughter of Teresa from Love) has been deposited at a diet camp in the Austrian hills in the hope she will lose a few pounds over the summer. Hopelessly ... Read more
"Paradise: Love flits nimbly between humour and sadness, and treats potentially ponderous themes such as sex, race and the rancid legacy of colonialism with a welcome light touch." - The Telegraph ... Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian woman, is fed up with her lot. She's a single mother caring for a ... Read more
“Paradise: Love flits nimbly between humour and sadness, and treats potentially ponderous themes such as sex, race and the rancid legacy of colonialism with a welcome light touch.” - The Telegraph ... Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian woman, is fed up with her lot. She's a single mother caring for ... Read more
This meditation on memory, time and loss is purportedly the first feature film from Paraguay in more than 30 years. Ramon and Candida are farmer folk living in a remote corner of Paraguay. The absence of their son, who is away fighting in the Chaco war against Bolivia, leaves a palpable void in ... Read more
Filmmaker Inger Lise Hansen turns architecture and space on its head, showing how much our perspective is ruled by habit. ... --- ... D Inger Lise Hansen P OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D Inger Lise Hansen P OK Center for Contemporary ... Read more
An intensely physical and intimate film, which combines hypnotic flickering visuals (shot entirely with a photo camera) with a combative and at times haunting staccato soundtrack. Within a spatially and temporally smashed textual landscape, images seem to exist in a nether world, which never allows ... Read more
“Everything written about this film is an intellectual exercise at best; experiencing this film cannot be compared with anything else” Olaf Möller. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 18 mins, 1992, 35mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Using Russian, Japanese and American porn and his own footage. Brehm creates a matrix in which graphic anatomical parts act as the optical lubricant to the sound of someone shaving. On a window/screen, back-lit and fluctuating, an immaterial shadow-hand appears to stimulate the cock which serves as ... Read more
A film where repetition and stop-frame tech­niques take on new meaning. Inspired by rap "scratching" turntable music, Arnold takes an extract from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird to create a filmic rhythm. ... Read more
A brief silent encounter between a man and a woman on the Passage Briare in Paris becomes a respite from the fear of getting old. ... --- ... 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
Cinema, the projection of our dreams, desires and nightmares, has always been a fertile subject for psychoanalysis. In his freewheeling and endlessly amusing signature style, world famous philosopher, culture theoretician and mad cinema buff Slavoj Zizek takes psychoanalysis on a ride through some ... Read more
Through repetition and reversal, a short sequence featuring two people in a domestic setting is continually deconstructed and reinvented. The result is a curious system of spatial dynamics where the filmmaker imposes his own sense of rhythm and choreography. Piece Touchee is representative of the ... Read more
Producer Kurt Mayer will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Prater ... “Come in, come in!” My Prater is an illusionist's dream, a magician's box, a time machine, a desire device, in which everything is possible.” - filmmaker Ulrike OttingerVienna's Prater ... Read more
A finely constructed collage film from one the founders of contemporary Austrian experimental filmmaking. Balletic movement, the underground entrance to a Viennese pissoir intercut with matted stills from a porn magazine. The rhythmic zoom of the camera, the fad of abstracted images shot through a ... Read more
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