Phantoms Of Liberty Austrian Competition 3

  • , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 79 min Ticket

So, what is the meaning of life? What does it really mean to be free? To what extent are our lives formed by external forces? This quintet may not deliver all of the answers, but get us a little closer to understanding the nature of the questions. Apfelmus and The Magical Dimension wear philosophical ambitions like the lightest of garments; The Book of Sabeth and Wolfgang's Freedom focus on engaging individuals whose existences have been defined by the extent of their ability to think and move freely; Innermanzing meanwhile provides the most enigmatic of artistic counterpoints. (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)

Apfelmus

AT 2019 07 min Vienna premiere Director Alexander Gratzer

The latest animated treat from the idiosyncratic mind of Alexander Gratzer, Apfelmus comprises a trilogy of economic scenes starring three duos: two nesting birds, two guards and two polar bears. The sections are wittily connected by a red apple, running like a golden thread through the film. Beautiful hand-drawn images marked by sharp attention to the subtlest details, plus a characteristic wry, dry humor, combine to quietly irresistible effect. (ny)

Screenplay Alexander Gratzer Production Alexander Gratzer Editing Alexander Gratzer Camera Alexander Gratzer Cast Johannes Forstner Sound Alexander Gratzer Animation Alexander Gratzer

Apfelmus

Das Buch Sabeth

The Book of Sabeth

AT 2018 29 min 20 sec Vienna premiere Director Florian Kogler

A remarkable character study from Filmakademie Wien student Florian Kogler introduces us to Elisabeth Netzkowa Mnatsakanjan, “Sabeth” for short, a Baku-born polymath painter/poet who fled her native USSR in the 1970s for a new life in Vienna. Now in her 90s, the indefatigable Sabeth makes for a fascinating and inspiring protagonist, looking back on her amazingly long and productive life in a sensitive, flintily humorous and multilayered portrait. (ny)

Screenplay Florian Kogler, Andreas Schmiedecker Production Lukas Zweng Editing Lukas Meissner Camera Albin Wildner Cast Elisabeth Netzkowa Mnatsakanjan Sound Benedikt Palier, Ken Rischard, Joseph Nikolussi, Ines Vorreiter, Maximilian Fürst

Das Buch Sabeth

The Magical Dimension

DE AT 2018 07 min 08 sec Director Gudrun Krebitz

Gudrun Krebitz returns with a dreamily woozy exploration of the flimsy boundaries that separate reality and ... dimensions beyond. Visually arresting, with a haunting bilingual soundtrack, the film wanders through graveyards, streets, rooms, and canals in Berlin and Venice as an enigmatic narrator ponders matters metaphysical. The hypnotic result is, according to a critic, an “impressionistic passage through an inner, ever-transforming landscape.” (ny)

Gudrun Krebitz will be present.

Screenplay Gudrun Krebitz Production Gudrun Krebitz Sound Gudrun Krebitz, Marian Mentrup Animation Gudrun Krebitz

The Magical Dimension

Innermanzing

AT 2018 05 min 39 sec Austrian premiere Director Stefan Wanka

An obscure municipality halfway between St. Pölten and Vienna, Innermanzing seldom gets much attention––but that may change after this entrancing anti-travelogue by Stefan Wanka. Without dialogue or music, Wanka’s camera wanders around a seemingly unremarkable corner of the neighborhood, paying minute attention to one particular residence. An original, offhand and weirdly unsettling experience that’s as hard to define as it is difficult to forget. (ny)

Stefan Wanka and Richard Bruzek will be present.

Screenplay Stefan Wanka Editing Stefan Wanka Camera Stefan Wanka Sound Richard Bruzek

Innermanzing

Wolfgangs Freiheit

Wolfgang’s Freedom

AT 2019 25 min 18 sec World premiere Director Gregor Centner

“Stone walls do not a prison make / Nor iron bars a cage.” Occupying the director’s chair for the second time, Gregor Centner crafts a delicately empathetic cine-essay on a middle-aged prison inmate dealing with life first “inside” then “outside.” Scrupulously withholding Wolfgang’s identity, Centner nevertheless brings his personality to three-dimensional life in this absorbing work of clear-eyed humanism and debate-provoking philosophical rumination. (ny)

Gregor Centner and Birgit Bergmann will be present.

Production Gregor Centner Editing Birgit Bergmann Camera Gregor Centner Sound Sergey Martynyuk

Wolfgangs Freiheit