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In 1986 116,000 people were evacuated from the contaminated area immediately surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor after it became critical. This number was far too few. Eventually this catastrophe, the worst ever in the history of nuclear power, would affect nine million people. 800,000 people ... Read more
A bright green ball slowly emerges on a black background from the lower edge of the screen. A buzzing tone leads to a screeching sound. In this minimal work, the sun's movement in real time reduces cinema to its essence. ... Read more
Filmmaker Johann Lurf uses light and shadow to document the infrastructural oddities of a decommissioned military torpedo-testing site in California. ... D/P/S Johann Lurf WS Six Pack Films L no dialogue TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Whose fault is it if life doesn't go your way? ... Ex-prison inmate Alex works in a Vienna brothel, doing dirty jobs for his sleazy boss while having a secret affair with Tamara, one of the prostitutes. His dream of escape with Tamara seems impossible until he hatches a plan to rob a bank in the ... Read more
A Muybridge-styled character walks across the screen left to right in time to a sound tone. As the pitch of the tone and its frequency changes, so does the shape and permutations of the char­acter. A lyrical minimalist computer animation unfolds which is a homage to Hans Richter's early ... Read more
In the tradition of the language cut-up, Ruby Skin disentangles the sound and vision of a magenta hued educational film to create mental mayhem or play for the viewer! ... Eve Heller, 4.30 mins, 2005, 16mm, Colour, Sound ... Read more
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One of Eve Heller's earliest films, Self-Examination Remote Control explores the perplexing predicament of being both subject and object. ... Eve Heller, 5 mins, 1981/2009, 35mm (S-8 blow up), Colour, Sound ... Read more
"Thirteen works by popular American painter Edward Hopper spring to life in this experimental Austrian tour-de-force." - Hollywood Reporter ... Edward Hopper's compositions are renowned for their cinematic appeal, and have long influenced filmmakers. In this ambitious film, director Gustav Deutsch ... Read more
An ironical commentary on Christian Metz's attempt to formalize the language of film, exploiting an instant of a Hollywood Western. Eureka: “I was swimming in a pool, suddenly it went 'Bang!' and there was the finished film in my mind's eye.” ... Peter Tscherkassky, 17 mins, 1987/89, 16mm (S-8 ... Read more
An actor prepares for his scene in a Hollywood remake of Truffaut's classic Shoot the Pianist, while anxiously awaiting news from his wife who is heavily pregnant with their first child. A black comedy about the all consuming nature of the American film industry. ... Read more
Both fundamental values of the source image, two red stripes and a bright white foundation which supports them, expose only themselves for some time, accompanied by impassioned polyphonic singing...---D/P/S Karφ Goldt WS sixpackfilms L no dialogue TD video/col/2004/8mins ... Read more
Veteran documentary filmmaker Michael Glawogger's fiction feature Slumming, which premiered in competition at the Berlin, is a finely crafted, provocative work. Viennese rich kid Sebastian (August Diehl) lives off inherited money and enjoys playing pranks, with his housemate, on everyone and ... Read more
"As silently observational as Bestiaire … Daniel Hoesl's [film] exhibits a practiced but seemingly effortless control that signals a filmmaker with utmost confidence in his material." – Film Threat ... Forty-something protagonist Fanni leads a bourgeois life anchored by a certain ... Read more
A face gazes directly into the lens. It is a blank canvas for the wash of subtle changes in hue and lighting that impose shifting moods. As colour veils ebb, imagination overrides perception to breath life into the spectral image. --- D/S Karø Goldt P/WS Sixpack Film L no dialogue TD video/col ... Read more
With the revenge of the bad girl invading just about every sub-pop cultural milieu in the white world at present, Mara Mattuschka shows us how B-grade movie mythologies, and what can only be described as eco-surrealist feminist anarchy, can gel to create a disturbing and hilarious poetic satire of ... Read more
Two brief animation Movements in ink and crayon. Spinning is Miroesque, Bild 14 is more brusque, a cosmopolitan jostle of coneish shapes in the tougher manner of De Kooning or Guston. ... Read more
Spotcheck is a work upon the genre of TV ads and looks at the world that advertising has wrought. A visually stimulating piece which provokes questions and thoughts. ... Read more
A choreographed examination of the kinetic naked human body made up of three thousand photographs which are elaborately animated as a succession of poses, movements and gender metamorphoses. Highly precise and formally beautiful, this is a fascinating reflection on film, video and photography as a ... Read more
A fight ensues in the bathroom of a disco. Two girls taunt their friend. Nobody takes notice. The fight gets out of hand. Why? What does this tell us about personal relationships based on life inexperience? ... Read more
Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically different settings. Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically ... Read more
A cinematic commentary upon the psychoanalytic film theory of Christian Metz is played out through a series of rear and multiple projections whereby the fetishized object is obscured to the point of inexistence. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 17 mins, 1987/89, 16mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sound ... Read more
Achromats are hypersensitive to light and cannot see colour. Sofie Thorsen's gorgeous The Achromatic Island reimagines achromatic perception as a cinematic essay on sight. ... Not in competition. ... D/P/S Sofie Thorsen WS SixPackFilm TD HD Cam/2010 ... Read more
The back room is a mysterious place where shafts of light fall across a darkened room; fragments of nostalgic popular songs a soundtrack for gestures in passing, moments of human exchange. Evoking dream states or perhaps flickers of memory, in its own small space between an intense interior and ... Read more
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