We’re Taking The Liberty Austrian Music Video Award

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Maurice is back at it, but without his Lambo; the days of indulgence seem to be over—which Jugo and his homage to rusty Yugoslavian clunkers painfully remind us of. Faced with current reactionist tendencies, some of us probably want to just disappear into a black hole, no matter whether with Soap&Skin in Italy or with Fauna in a junkyard at night. We flee into worlds of (video) games, to the sea, to our bedrooms. From there we hatch plans of insurgency with mighty flares, undeterred by the hiss of (paralyzing) time! (ce) 

Whoop! - Ant Antic

Whoop! – Ant Antic

AT 2019 02 min 52 sec Director Jetski Florian Hofer

With his video for Whoop! by Ant Antic, director Florian Hofer gives us an up-close and personal look at the protagonists, suspending any residual distance between actors and audience. Like Tobias Koett’s singing, the images grab us with their intimacy and the precision of the granted peek. Yet despite the chosen details, they never make us feel like voyeurs. Skittles for everyone! (ce)

Florian Hofer will be present.

Production Florian Hofer, David Buder, Tobias Koett Editing Jetski Camera Jetski Cast David Kleinl, Alex Dietrich, Vera Sophie

Whoop! - Ant Antic

Ich würde gerne einmal – Christoph & Lollo

AT 2018 04 min 48 sec Director Lelo Brossmann

The kings of—at times more, at times less—subtle protest song sneak into the history of film and layer their singing faces over the heads of (film-)historical figures. The scene selection lets us make connections to the lyrics but also allows us to keep happily guessing and cross-referencing without getting bored. Taking the title of their brand-new album to heart, their video goes “Straight to the Brain.” (ce)

Production Christoph & Lollo, Lelo Brossmann Editing Lelo Brossmann Camera Lelo Brossmann Cast Christoph Drexler, Lollo Pichler

Ich würde gerne einmal – Christoph & Lollo

Gaze – Gaddafi Gals

AT 2019 04 min 25 sec Austrian premiere Director Sophie Utikal Sofi Utikal Magdalena Fischer Franziska Kabisch

The three collaborating directors let us partake in a downscale yet intensely emotional game of closeness and distance, seriousness and playfulness in Gaze. What’s essential here is the actors and their movements toward and with each other. The intimate camera direction allows for an action far removed from the “male gaze,” which all too often tries to dictate what beauty is and is not. (ce)

Franziska Kabisch, Magdalena Fischer and Sophie Utikal will be present.

Production Franziska Kabisch, Magdalena Fischer, Sofi Utikal, Sophie Utikal Camera Franziska Kabisch, Magdalena Fischer, Sophie Utikal Cast Bassano Bonelli Bassano, ch4mp4in, Lau Lukkarila

Gaze – Gaddafi Gals

Swallow – Monolink

AT 2018 06 min 40 sec Vienna premiere Director Nicola von Leffern

In Nicola von Leffern’s dreamy 8- and 16-mm video for Monolink, we follow the young protagonist who gathers all her courage to escape the drab realities of everyday life. Past memories, encounters, and conversations creep into her consciousness and are superseded by a return to the here and now—an expertly staged game of darkness and light that we are allowed to witness all the way to its refreshing resolution. (ce)

Screenplay Nicola von Leffern Production APESFRAMED, Yana Eresina Editing APESFRAMED Camera Jakob Carl Sauer Cast Alma Hasun Sound David Ruhmer, Matthias Ermert

Swallow – Monolink

Ein braves Pferd - Kreisky

Ein braves Pferd – Kreisky

AT 2018 06 min 16 sec Director Kreisky

The members of Kreisky may have found an ideal career plan B in the Finnish sport of “hobby horsing.” Whoever doubted the seriousness of this discipline should be convinced after seeing the band’s impassioned performance in the “International Manhorsing Competition” documented here. By the way: We have been assured that no animals were harmed in the making of this video. (ce)

Production Kreisky Editing Lelo Brossmann Camera Manu Grafenauer, Philipp Reiterer Cast Boris Kastner-Jirka, Franz Adrian Wenzl, Klaus Mitter, Lelo Brossmann, Martin Max Offenhuber

Ein braves Pferd - Kreisky

Ravine – MELA

AT 2018 03 min 33 sec Director Fabian Krempus

Fabian Krempus’s associative images provide a visual mirror for the dreamlike sounds of the duo MELA, giving the urgency of their coming-of-age song further emphasis. We all are familiar with situations in which we don’t see the forest for the trees or that require us to break free from constricting circumstances. When (inner) conflicts are portrayed in such an aesthetically pleasing way, however, they become much easier to deal with. (ce)

Screenplay Fabian Krempus, Fabian Krempus & MELA Production Fabian Krempus, Ronny Günl Camera Fabian Krempus Cast Marius Grimmiger, Marius Grimminger, Simon Bauer, Verena Herterich

Ravine – MELA

For Love - Filous

For Love – Filous

AT 2018 02 min 46 sec Director Patryk Senwicki

Patryk Senwicki takes us on a tour through the city’s bedrooms; his sensitive approach creates a perfect frame for the portrayed couples to express their affection uninhibited. Snuggling, cuddling, horsing around are on the menu, while diversity brought forth by love is celebrated. Give it all up For Love! (ce)

Production Dominic Spitaler Camera Matthias Helldoppler Cast Rami Ali, Nada Shousha, Stefanie Früholz, Josef Rabitsch, Lilly Kroth, Wenzel Witt-Dörring, Ivan Canic, A. N.

For Love - Filous

Lonely at the Top - Fauna

Lonely at the Top – Fauna

AT 2018 03 min 50 sec Director Diana Andrei

In Diana Andrei’s music video, Fauna and her gang are snugly settling into a world that one wouldn’t immediately deem inviting. A viable approach to solving the global crises we’re in? The junkyard at night is transformed into a (video-game) playground, and patriarchy is confronted with its own ridiculousness. Please save us, Supergirl! (ce)

Diana Andrei will be present.

Screenplay Diana Andrei Production Diana Andrei Editing Diana Andrei Camera Diana Andrei Cast Ji-Soo Kim, Luna Ghisetti, Rana Farahani, Veronika Johanna König Sound Rana Farahani

Lonely at the Top - Fauna

Chakra Daemon - Foreign Air

Chakra Daemon – Foreign Air

AT 2018 03 min Director Sabrina Reiter

In her video for the US duo Foreign Air, Sabrina Reiter uses calm and composed shots to show how it might feel to be in conflict with the many sides of one’s own identity. What one may know in private can often only be translated into wellbeing through a communal experience. Nightlife plays a big role in this portrait, as does the LGBTIQ* community. (ce) 

Production Foreign Air Editing Daniel Geronimo Prochaska Camera Anna Hawliczek Cast Florian Tröbinger, Martin Brandner

Chakra Daemon - Foreign Air

Wannabe - Leyya

Wannabe – Leyya

AT 2018 03 min 58 sec European premiere Director Rupert Höller

In the world created by director Rupert Höller, the inner inconsistencies of Leyya’s two musicians are brought to light. The two literally duplicate to settle conflicts or bolster each other amidst a breathtaking landscape, which serves as the video’s third main character. Treat your eyes and ears to tender caresses! (ce)

Lukas Höller and Matthias Helldoppler will be present.

Production Rupert Höller Editing Rupert Höller Camera Matthias Helldoppler

Wannabe - Leyya

LED go - Bilderbuch

LED go – Bilderbuch

AT 2019 04 min 27 sec Director Marie Schuller

Bilderbuch have taken the liberty of sharing some words of wisdom in their song (“Liebe is the place to be!”). When alternating between the daily rivalries and the complacency of drifting along with our comrades-in-arms, it sometimes pays to simply let go. And you will know when the right moment has come to pick up the pool cue and enchant your surroundings with an impish smile. (ce)

Production Romy Jo Waller Camera Franklin Dow Cast Maurice Ernst, Michael Krammer, Peter Horazdovsky, Philipp Scheibl

LED go - Bilderbuch

Italy & (This is) Water - Soap & Skin

Italy & (This is) Water – Soap&Skin

AT 2018 05 min 27 sec Director Ioan Gavriel Anja Plaschg

This epic two-part video by Ioan Gavriel and Anja Plaschg plays with opposites on all levels: Two contrary musical pieces guide you from a sun-drenched earthy world into a muted, wet darkness. From cozy hours spent together in a safe trailer down into the unsafe underwater world where you are left to your own devices. An audiovisual trip whose aftermath will haunt you for days. Reach me. Release me. Secretly. (ce)

Dominic Spitaler, Patryk Senwicki and Ioan Gavriel will be present.

Production Patryk Senwicki, Dominic Spitaler, Keith Tedesco Camera Ioan Gavriel Cast Anja Plaschg, Talisa Lilli Lemke

Italy & (This is) Water - Soap & Skin

YUGO - Jugo Ürdens

YUGO – Jugo Ürdens

AT 2018 No dialogue/lyrics 02 min 51 sec Director Sebastian Somloi David Tanzler

The sexiest rapper alive (in Vienna) takes us on a trip to Macedonia (today: North Macedonia) and shares his origin story with his audience. Automobile analogies help him draw a romanticized picture of former Yugoslavia reminiscent of the recent wave of GDR nostalgia, which has already come to be viewed as somewhat problematic. However, the images captured here do not abide by their idealization and also show some of the young country’s less beautiful sides. (ce)

Sebastian Somloi and David Tanzler will be present.

Production David Tanzler Editing Sebastian Somloi Camera Sebastian Somloi, Miguel Romero Forsthuber

YUGO - Jugo Ürdens

Mia & Seb | Chapter X - Max Blum

Mia & Seb | Chapter X – Max Blum

AT 2019 04 min 08 sec Director Max Blum

Max Blum sings of a broken heart and a relationship that could have been. He drowns in the idea of having lost sight of his ideal companion. Is it the apostrophized Mia who looks at us, at times stoically, at times full of rage? Lukas Halder’s quiet yet ready-to-explode video adeptly translates opposing feelings into alluring moving images that will rivet viewers to their seats. (ce)

Max Blum will be present.

Production Max Blum Camera Oliver Rienzner, Christoph Amort Cast Paula Nikolussi

Mia & Seb | Chapter X - Max Blum

Donna Selvaggia - KeKe

Donna Selvaggia – KeKe

AT 2018 No dialogue/lyrics 02 min 57 sec Director Matthias Katkowski Benny Keitel

Kiara Hollatko a.k.a. KeKe said she stumbled into rap music by accident, which is hard to believe considering the swag and ease with which she presents her confident verses. In any case, she seems predestined to use the right words and poses to hold up a desperately needed mirror to the “tough” boys representing Austrian rap styling more or less misogynistically. (ce)

Benny Keitel and Matthias Katkowski will be present.

Production Matthias Katkowski, Benny Keitel Cast KeKe

Donna Selvaggia - KeKe

Im Rausch der Zeit – Hyäne Fischer [out of competition]

Im Rausch der Zeit – Hyäne Fischer (out of competition)

AT 2018 03 min 44 sec Director Kurdwin Ayub

An idyllic trip to the alpine foothills with her best friends and the most impeccable hunting outfits. Joyful schlager pop with timeless lyrics accentuates the beautiful landscapes, the strolls through the nearby forest, and the subsequent retreat to the down-home log cabin with a gorgeous view of the endlessly energizing flora. What could possibly be subversive about that? (ce)

Screenplay Kurdwin Ayub, Jonida Laci Production Kurdwin Ayub, Anna Spanlang, Jonida Laci, Marlene Engel Editing Samira Ghahremani Camera Caroline Bobek Cast Hyäne Fischer

Im Rausch der Zeit – Hyäne Fischer [out of competition]