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Strange Days Have Found Us Fiction & Documentary

  • , METRO Kinokulturhaus 85 min
  • , METRO Kinokulturhaus 85 min

Shadows of the past century are still clinging to us—while the threat of a new age is already looming on the horizon. While we’re still busy bidding farewell to communist dictators in a collective funeral procession and trying to process the bleak histories of yesteryear, invisible drones are watching us and we find ourselves in a dystopian caricature of a society, where populists and preachers call the shots. Strange days have found us indeed. (de/mm)

In the presence of Vanessa Rüegger, Mila Zhluktenko, Veronika Faistbauer (Find Fix Finish)

Interregnum

AL IT 2017 No dialogue/lyrics 17 min 28 sec Austrian premiere Director Adrian Paci

Countless people bid farewell; the pain of finitude seems unbearable. Adrian Paci has edited official footage from various state TV archives to create a never-ending funeral procession for the communist leaders of the past century. Here, the private act of mourning becomes a collective language, which reflects the manipulative power of dictators to let the individual dissolve completely into the masses. (mm/de)

Production kaufmann repetto, Milano/New York, Kube Studios, Tirana

Interregnum

Find Fix Finish

DE 2017 19 min 25 sec Austrian premiere Director Mila Zhluktenko Sylvain Cruiziat

A film from a bird’s-eye view: While we observe everyday scenes on a country road or a beach, U.S. drone pilots dryly recount their operational procedures off-camera. Military routine, in part accompanied by months-long observations; here and there the feeling of closeness with some of the victims, which doesn’t fit into this gruesome type of warfare. And at any moment we might hear the order: Find Fix Finish. (mm)

Screenplay Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko Production Veronika Faistbauer, Mariella Santibàñez, Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko Editing Sophie Oldenbourg Camera Nikolai Huber Cast Mona Vojacek-Koper, Nathan Carruthers, Paul Osswald Sound Philip Hutter, Andrew Mottl

Find Fix Finish Best Experimental Film - Guanajuato International Film Festival

Casa Son Duno

CH 2017 11 min 55 sec Austrian premiere Director Vanessa Rüegger

Casa Son Duno, located in the canton of Grisons, was meant to be an orphanage and shelter to people in distress, but many of its residents were exploited and abused. What has remained of the edifice are empty rooms, cobwebs, and the sense of a burdened past—and every shot, every sound of Vanessa Rüegger’s film lets you feel it. Many of the details are hard to ascertain, as attempts at a comprehensive investigation are still met with much resistance. (mm)

Screenplay Vanessa Rüegger Production Vanessa Rüegger & Instantview GmbH Editing Stefan Muggli Camera Mike Krishnatreya Sound Rea Dubach, Jonas Cslovjecsek

Casa Son Duno

Babylon

PH 2017 20 min 23 sec Austrian premiere Director Keith Deligero

A shrill mix of telenovela and trash cinema as a critique of the current state of our society: Barangay Babylonia’s populist dictator must be stopped. A special agent, armed with lightning bolts, sets out to travel to the strange land where mobile phones don’t exist but chickens and bags of chips can talk. A bloody battle begins, and the local resistance must be mobilized. (mm)

Screenplay Gale Osorio Editing Lawrence Ang Cast Rhyles Cameron, Patricia Zosa, Nicole Blackman, Rya De Guzman, Publio Briones III

Babylon

Onward Lossless Follows

US 2017 16 min 45 sec Austrian premiere Director Michael Robinson

Climate change is a global threat—and all the while, we amuse ourselves to death. Into the rising tide of cynicism is hurled a euphoric voice against modernity and scientific faith. Michael Robinson combines material he culled over the past ten years and turns a hopeless scenario into an impossible love story in which two women just need to figure out the password for their joint escape, and a flying horse will take them toward ecstasy. (de/mm)

Screenplay Michael Robinson Production Michael Robinson Editing Michael Robinson Camera Michael Robinson Sound Michael Robinson

Onward Lossless Follows