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Dislocation, belonging and self-expression: From the rugged wilds of Ethiopia to the not-so-very-mean streets of Vienna, these five films depict individuals who have either found their niches or are still in the process of carving them out. Meinhard Rauchensteiner and Kurdwin Ayub provide a comic slant on matters theological; Albert Meisl continues his humorous exploration of masculine friendship; Nicolas Pindeus etches one of the year's most compelling screen protagonists; globetrotter Lukas Berger celebrates physical virtuosity. Feet on the ground; above us only sky. (ny)
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)
Life Between the Exit Signs
AT 2019 17 min 56 sec Vienna premiere Director Nicolas Pindeus
Filmmakers never tire of the coming-of-age sub-genre, but seldom do the results match this acutely-observed immersion into teenage life by Nicolas Pindeus. Anchored by a highly engaging performance by Laurin Saied, it follows introspective Franz as he deals with the impending death of a parent. Alluringly shot on 16-mm stock, the film vividly sketches the boy and his milieu in simple but resonant strokes that accumulate toward a moving finale. (ny)
Nicolas Pindeus, Clara König and Lukas Allmaier will be present.
Screenplay Nicolas Pindeus Production Clara König, Clara König, Clara König, Clara König Editing Philipp Mayer Camera Lukas Allmaier Cast Laurin Saied, Marisa Growaldt, Maya Unger Sound Philipp Mayer
PT AT DE ET 2019 15 min Austrian premiere Director Lukas Berger Mario Gajo de Carvalho
In the background: the spectacular, almost alien-looking landscapes of rural Ethiopia. In the foreground: no less spectacular, the scarily talented children and young adults who form part of Circus Debere Berhan. They sparkle together in a film which exhilaratingly plunges us into the life of this unique country. Prepare to be dazzled by the acrobats Liya and Beza, by 5-year-old Beniyam, and by the amazing Habtamnesh. Roll up: this is the greatest show! (ny)
Mario Gajo de Carvalho and Lukas Berger will be present.
Screenplay Mario Gajo de Carvalho, Lukas Berger Production Mario Gajo de Carvalho, Lukas Berger Editing Mario Gajo de Carvalho, Lukas Berger Camera Lukas Berger Cast Liya Awrares, Beza Abebe, Habtamnesh Bahailo, Dawit Berihan, Beniyam Bahailo, Alamseged Kefyalew, Fakrata Segaye, Marshet W/Agegnw, Abonesh Yelma, Zakarias Kefyalew, Woreku Bekele, Yegle Beleta Sound Mario Gajo de Carvalho
AT 2018 02 min Vienna premiere Director Meinhard Rauchensteiner
Taking a little time out from his duties as cultural advisor to Austria’s President Van der Bellen, Meinhard Rauchensteiner continues his gloriously off-kilter cinematic engagement with stuffed toys in the enigmatically titled Mk. 10,25 (clue: it’s a bible reference). The star of the show is now a stuffed camel who reveals unexpected skills as a vocal performer as well as metaphysical ambitions of the celestial kind. And all this in 90 seconds! (ny)
Meinhard Rauchensteiner will be present.
Screenplay Meinhard Rauchensteiner Production Daniel Zimmermann Editing Daniel Zimmermann Camera Daniel Zimmermann
Wings of the Spirit
AT 2019 29 min Vienna premiere Director Albert Meisl
After The Burden of Memory and The Victory of Mercy, multi-talented multi-hyphenate Albert Meisl now completes his (un)official trilogy of (stand-alone) comedies, each of them depicting the ever-fluctuating friendship/rivalry between hapless Vienna-based musicologists Fitzthum (Rafael Haider) and Szabo (Meisl himself). This comedy of errors confirms the Bavaria-born director as a truly distinctive cinematic voice in today’s Austrian scene. (ny)
Albert Meisl, Lena Weiss and Alexander Dirninger will be present.
Screenplay Albert Meisl Production Lena Weiss Editing Sebastian Schreiner Camera Alexander Dirninger Cast Albert Meisl, Rafael Haider Sound Ken Rischard
AT 2018 04 min 27 sec Vienna premiere Director Kurdwin Ayub
Vienna, 2138: two vampires (in wonderfully blobby claymation) chew the fat in a smoky salon, discussing many topics drawn from their experience of the Austrian capital––a city which evidently experienced some startling changes in the latter half of the 21st century. Kurdwin Ayub has amassed a cult following via the eclectic range of her techniques and her ability to explore thorny political, personal and religious matters with transgressive audacity. (ny)
Screenplay Markus Zizenbacher, Kurdwin Ayub Production Kurdwin Ayub Camera Kurdwin Ayub Cast Markus Zizenbacher, Max Stauffen Sound Maximilian Liebich