Images of Fear, against Fear. Fear blots out the present. It feeds on a past that spills uncontrollably into the present and takes possession of the future. Vanquishing this fear by eliminating past and future is the promise of the Big Brother state. This promise is contrived to legitimise the constant observation of public space, which turns the dream of a carefree existence and an isolated present into a nightmare reality.Manu Luksch employs the vocabulary of science-fiction film to draw us into this nightmare. Crucially, she uses only images obtained from the operators of CCTV video-surveillance systems in London, under the terms of a British law governing access to data. In a mirror image of the failed act of liberation that the trauma of this realization incites, Faceless succeeds in traumatizing its viewers by means of an equally atmospheric and weirdly illuminated metanarrative - that of a society whose self-understanding is occluded by its dazzling media hyperpresence.
The film is part of the series Photography and Thereafter which is about writing, drawing, sculpture and architecture. The subjects of this film are achievements in active design and projection-ideas that have been made real-and are visible as writing, drawing, photography, architecture and sculpture. What is being analysed is a way of seeing that is almost reversed - seeing as expression, not impression. The eye as the interface between the brain and the external world; the gaze as the energy of composing that turns the inside out and presents a mirrored reality. Interior design as an autobiography - Adolf Loos (1870 - 1933) Against the grain: material as an ornament. Documentation of the interiors designed by Loos that are still available.
Remembering the Children
France 1942 - 1944. The deportation of more than 11,000 Jewish children towards Nazi concentration camps. Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, the well-known Nazi hunters, present new material from detailed historical research. The two Austrian directors, Hannes Gellner and Thomas Draschan, follow the Klarsfeld method" and tell the personal stories of some of the victims so that they do not remain anonymous numbers. Detailed interviews with six survivors who were then children or teenagers and who only just managed to escape death at the hands of the Nazis, combine personal fate with historical facts. Their stories highlight the involvement of the Vichy regime in the Nazi deportation policy and Serge Klarsfeld recalls the prominent role of Austrian Nazis in the implementation of the "final solution" in France.
"Schindler`s Houses" shows forty buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler`s pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern architecture. All the material for the film was shot in May 2006. The film is thus also an up-to-date portrait of urban life in Los Angeles that has never been documented in this form before.Directors statement"Architecture projects space into this world. Cinemaphotography translates that space into pictures projected in time. Cinema then is used in a completely new way: as a space to meditate on buildings."
Since the time of the Prophet Mohammed, faithful Muslims have heeded the muezzin’s call to prayer five times a day. A more recent phenomenon is the Turkish call to prayer contest. Each year the country’s muezzins compete, and their powerful expressivity proves that muezzins are a special kind of artists. “MUEZZIN” follows the dramatic progress of the competition and investigates the phenomenon of individuality within Islamic culture.
Griffen - On the Tracks of Peter Handke
The filmmaker returns home to a place bordering the bilingual region of Lower Carinthia to talk to the people there about their “great son” Peter Handke. His search unearths the many unresolved contradictions and ambivalences of a small place where there is repression of the Slovenian-speaking past. As a result, the film about Handke’s birthplace becomes an exploration of literature, politics and life in the province.
What Is Love
A film about the meaning of life, about how to fill the gap between birth and death, and what happiness is. Short documentary pieces tell the stories of different protagonists of one generation.