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Death has many faces and is not shy to show them in these six stories: in near-death experiences in the jungle, in a trip through earth’s epochs that end in an apocalyptic vision of the future, in mysterious Haitian resuscitation rituals, or in the reconstruction of a homicide whose senseless violence makes you speechless. Innovative narrative forms, techniques, and creativity open up a portal to the spirit world in this program, allowing us to communicate with the sweet hereafter. Maybe we are all already dead. (mm)
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)
CA 2018 06 min Austrian premiere Director Miryam Charles
A married couple does not want to accept the departure of their adoptive daughter. Driven by their grief, they travel to Haiti, the girl’s home, hoping for a miracle. They venture into unknown territories and regions—a mysterious journey through the idyllic insular landscape accompanied by a 16-mm aesthetics and chansons. Eventually, superstition becomes the last straw to clutch for some semblance of happiness. (mm)
Miryam Charles will be present.
Production Miryam Charles
CZ 2018 15 min 52 sec Austrian premiere Director Ondřej Novák Jiří Havlíček
Olda is in a juvenile correctional facility. Between the gym, the workshop, and an hour a day spent with other inmates in the yard, he struggles to kill time. Everyday life is a drag—and marked by memories of a barely fathomable act that radically changed his life. The meticulous reconstruction of events gradually provides some insight into the brutal crime that occurred that summer night. The motive: boredom. (mm)
Ondřej Novák und Jiři Havlíček will be present.
Screenplay Jiří Havlíček, Ondřej Novák Production Dagmar Sedláčková Editing Simon Hájek Camera Simon Dvoracek Sound Jan Richtr
FI 2018 20 min 28 sec Austrian premiere Director Patrik Söderlund
The journey of Realms begins in the primordial ocean and leads us across its misty shores into a posthuman age. The camera’s inquisitive eye traces the evolution of various organisms in different epochs, linking them in the process. A dark, apocalyptic vision of our future world emerges; eventually anthropogenic global warming has reached its zenith and all life is extinct. (mm)
Patrik Söderlund will be present.
Production Jussi Eerola Editing Jussi Eerola, Mika Taanila Sound Olli Huhtanen Animation Markus Lepistö
EC 2018 17 min 10 sec Austrian premiere Director Jean-Jacques Martinod
A bullet and a broken bottle almost cost Isidro Varga his life. While he and his brother remember the events in voice-overs, at times nonchalantly, at times pensively, Jean-Jacques Martinod’s 16-mm camera captures quiet shots from the rainforest. Intermittently throughout the narrative, the images begin to flicker and the sound begins to tremble—and questions about coincidence and fate begin to seem inevitable. (mm/de)
Editing Jean-Jacques Martinod Camera Jean-Jacques Martinod Sound Alex Lane
As It Is On Earth
IT 2018 14 min Austrian premiere Director Pier Lorenzo Pisano
After an earthquake has rattled their homes, the villagers try to find their way back to normalcy with the help of a new priest—if this is even possible amidst the ruins. A difficult challenge, as material loss is joined by grief for those who have not survived the disaster. Can a collectively organized parade brighten the mood? Or is the next calamity just around the corner? (mm)
Pier Lorenzo Pisano will be present.
Screenplay Pier Lorenzo Pisano, Flaminia Gressi Editing Marco Costa Cast ROBERTO CITRAN Sound Mattia Persico
FR 2018 13 min 40 sec Austrian premiere Director Mathilde Lavenne
With the help of data scans and transmedia storytelling a farm in Mexico, untethered from space and time, becomes an audiovisual experience. The whitened characters and figures hover over a black background and let us partake in their supernatural encounters. Conversations with ghosts, their absences and influences are part of a combination of a kinship with death, history, superstition and fantasy. (mm)
Screenplay Mathilde Lavenne Production Elsa Klughertz Editing Mathilde Lavenne Sound Christian Cartier, Léonore Mercier