Magic Hour Austrian Competition 4

  • , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 74 min Ticket

Complexities of light and shade are a running theme in these half-dozen shorts, several tracing the sometimes jagged intersections of past, present and future using the concentrating prism of cinematography. From the Albanian sunshine of Durrës or die to the encroaching gloom of Nuit, via the semi-rural shadows of Hoermanns, the skills of the “DoP” are amply showcased. But these works are no mere calling cards for talented craftspeople; instead each of the six is an achieved, considered whole, probing conceptual and artistic boundaries within the inspiring confines of the short-film format. (ny)

The Astronaut (VIS Trailer 2019)

AT 2019 01 min World premiere Director Anna Vasof

Completely alone, in front of a tall wall, stands the astronaut in a space suit. Ready for liftoff, ready to take off and go over the wall—or far beyond. The future, after all, is forged in courage! The fuse is lit, the sound of a long fall rings in the countdown. Liftoff is imminent—but the body is weary and only the spirit is free. (de)

The Astronaut (VIS Trailer 2019)

Sabaudia

AT 2018 24 min 26 sec Director Lotte Schreiber

In ihrer künstlerischen Praxis beschäftigt sich Lotte Schreiber oft mit Architektur – so auch in ihrem Film über Sabaudia, eine von fünf „Modellstädten“, die während des faschistischen Mussolini-Regimes entstanden sind. Schreiber schafft – sich einen Weg durch Pasolinis komplexes Verhältnis zu dem Ort bahnend – ein vielfältiges Porträt eines ungewöhnlichen Touristenmagneten. (ny)

In Anwesenheit von: Lotte Schreiber

Screenplay Lotte Schreiber Production Lotte Schreiber Editing Lotte Schreiber Camera Lotte Schreiber, Johannes Hammel Sound Peter Kutin

Sabaudia

Nuit

AT 2018 06 min 40 sec Austrian premiere Director Alexander Bayer Grzegorz Kielawski

One of the year’s most beautiful and mysterious films of any length, Nuit presents Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral as never seen before––viewed through the bright smartphone displays of tourist visitors. All around is inky black; the soundtrack––spooky music and dialogue snatches––is appropriated from Dreyer’s horror classic Vampyr. An ethereally spellbinding, chilling intersection of holiness, artistic excellence and twenty-first-century tech. (ny)

Alexander Bayer will be present.

Screenplay WIDOK (Bayer/Kielawski) Production WIDOK (Bayer/Kielawski) Editing WIDOK (Bayer/Kielawski) Camera Grzegorz Kielawski, Alexander Bayer

Nuit

animistica

AT DE MX 2018 07 min Director Nikki Schuster

Originally from Styria, Berlin-based animator Nikki Schuster traveled to Mexico for her latest Cronenbergian nano-epic. She photographed various natural-world remnants and debris––feathers, animal teeth, bones, plant-roots––frame-by-frame via a “macroscopic” process, then put the resulting images through a morphing software. Static textures are thus transformed into what looks very much like living organic forms. Sweet dream? Beautiful nightmare! (ny)

Nikki Schuster will be present.

Screenplay Nikki Schuster Sound Nikki Schuster, Sebastian Müller Animation Nikki Schuster

animistica

Durrës or die

AT 2019 05 min 52 sec Director Nina Kerschbaumer

The port of Durrës (Albania) has been around since the sixth century BCE, but it’s the future that concerns Nina Kerschbaumer. Shot on sun-dappled 16 mm, it’s a high-concept slice of poetic sci-fi in which a narrator nonchalantly discusses the aftermath of an alien invasion while we watch a bunch of teenagers ambling around a post-Communist seafront. A delicate mind-bender, elegantly transmogrifying travelogue materials into an experimental quasi-mystery. (ny)

Nina Kerschbaumer will be present.

Screenplay Nina Kerschbaumer Production Nina Kerschbaumer Editing Nina Kerschbaumer Camera Nina Kerschbaumer Sound Tao Bauer

Durrës or die

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AT 2018 06 min World premiere Director Anna Watzinger

Anna Watzinger plunges us into a brilliant technological-philosophical web of speculation, adopting a highly rewarding approach to the much-addressed subject of climate change. Skipping from the wastes of the Antarctic to the frozen rivers of European cities, Watzinger––her computer’s desktop a magic mirror that can transcend time and space––intimately and organically traces the transmutation of water from its frozen to liquid states. (ny)

Production Anna Watzinger Camera Anna Watzinger Sound Anna Watzinger Animation Anna Watzinger

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Hörmanns

Hoermanns

AT 2018 20 min Austrian premiere Director Siegmund Skalar

Siegmund Skalar presents us with a slow-burning drama about a migrant nurse and an elderly lady for whom she cares in a secluded country house somewhere in Austria. Like its owner, the residence has seen better days; over the course of a few minutes we get to know its atmosphere intimately, likewise the mercurial relationship between these two different women. Strong performances, crisp editing, a touch of ambiguity: haunting music in a minor key. (ny)

Siegmund Skalar will be present.

Screenplay Elena Preine, Siegmund Skalar Production Siegmund Skalar Editing Anna Kirst Camera Max Christmann Cast Brigita Kanyaro, Marika Jurasch, Brigitta Kanyaro, Petra Altmann, Stefan Wanka Sound Richard Bruzek

Hörmanns