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Animation Perspectives 2021
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Collapsing Mies Claudia Larcher
Mies van der Rohe, the architect of transparency: Here his building elements rotate, multiply and are superimposed on each other until the dizzying compression supplants the enclosed space.
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Collapsing Mies

Collapsing Mies
Claudia Larcher
Animation Perspectives 2021
Experimental Film
Austria
2019
7 minutes
without dialogue

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Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
sixpackfilm
Claudia Larcher
Alexander J. Eberhard

Mies van der Rohe revolutionized architecture with his radically reduced formal language of clear lines and transparency. Claudia Larcher pieces together his building elements – frames, columns, banisters –, makes them rotate around their vertical axes, multiplies and superimposes them until a dizzying compression is achieved which supplants the enclosed space and thus transparency.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Animation Perspectives 2021
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Dramatis Personae Claudia Larcher
A real-life tropical holiday resort as a stage where staff and guests play their roles in tableaux vivants, hiding their faces behind carved emoji masks.
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Dramatis Personae

Dramatis Personae
Claudia Larcher
Animation Perspectives 2021
Experimental Film
Austria
2019
4 minutes
without dialogue

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Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher

A real-life tropical holiday resort becomes a stage where staff and guests play their roles in tableaux vivants. They hide their faces behind carved emoji masks that serve – in the digital world – to express emotions and rate things. The result is a superficial and at the same time subversive semi-reality of linguistic, social and cultural levels of (mis-)communication.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Erwin

Erwin
Jan Soldat
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2020
16 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat

58-year-old Erwin introduces himself as “old but horny”. He has declared the mobile home in his front garden his favourite refuge, where he has everything he needs: a computer, a bed, a coffee machine. Two webcams link Erwin to other men who satisfy his carnal desires. In this tiny space, Jan Soldat comes close to him, of course. He learns of love affairs, as great as extinguished, of a complicated family web and worries about the future.

Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Small Worlds, Big People
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Audience Award Competition Short Film 2021
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Es ist genau genug Zeit Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
The filmmaker’s son was killed in an accident. He was working on a flip book that his father finishes. The proximity of happiness and loss in the most succinct form.
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Es ist genau genug Zeit

Es ist genau genug Zeit
Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Austria
2021
2 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Virgil Widrich
Oskar Salomonowitz
Virgil Widrich
Gerald Weber
Oskar Salomonowitz
Oskar Salomonowitz
Virgil Widrich
Virgil Widrich
Siegfried Friedrich
Siegfried Friedrich
Virgil Widrich
Virgil Widrich

A very short film, infinitely sad and at the same time mischievous and playful. The opening credits tell us the devastating news: The filmmaker’s son was killed in an accident and left behind an unfinished flip book. The father resumes work on it and continues drawing the superhero tale, creating an animated film between deep mourning and carefree children’s logic. Capturing the proximity of happiness and loss in the most succinct form.

Lina Dinkla
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Animation Perspectives 2021
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Habitat, EP7 Paris Claudia Larcher
An animated architectural collage on the façade of the Paris cultural restaurant EP7 invites us to an irritating game of deception of lines of sight, angles and geometries in the life of the city.
2019
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Habitat, EP7 Paris

Habitat, EP7 Paris
Claudia Larcher
Animation Perspectives 2021
Documentary Film
Austria
2019
1 minute
without dialogue

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Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher

The façade of the Paris cultural restaurant EP7 forms the presentation surface for an animated architectural collage. Staggered exterior views of buildings rotate. The game of deception of lines of sight, angles and geometries has an irritating effect. The spatial depths lure the eye into the supposed interior of the body behind the skin of the façade, which is at the same time the mirror of an urban architecture of restlessness.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Animation Perspectives 2021
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Heim Claudia Larcher
A home in the middle of the day, only the electrical appliances are whirring. The camera gaze glides through rooms unfolded by the editing and captures uncanny, bizarre moments.
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Heim

Heim
Claudia Larcher
Animation Perspectives 2021
Experimental Film
Austria
2009
12 minutes
without dialogue

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Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher

A home in the middle of the day, only the electrical appliances are whirring. The camera gaze glides through the rooms and floors which are unfolded and seamlessly joined by the editing. Small oddities proliferate in the bourgeois habitat: an unanswered doorbell, an open freezer emitting light. Normality, perhaps unintentionally, whispers something uncanny.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
International Competition 2021
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KRAI Aleksey Lapin
A casting for a historical film is supposed to take place in a Russian village. It is the occasion for an affectionate, semi-fictional local portrait with a sense for the absurd.
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KRAI

KRAI
Aleksey Lapin
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Austria
2021
123 minutes
Russian,
German,
English,
Italian
subtitles: 
English

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Aleksey Lapin
Florian Brüning
Thomas Herberth
Gerald Weber
Adrian Campean
Jaroslaw Redkin
Yuriy Todorov
Sebastian Schreiner
Aleksey Lapin
Lenja Gathmann

Russian-born director Aleksey Lapin travels back to his relatives’ home village near the Ukrainian border, where he himself used to spend every summer. The film crew introduce themselves at a specially organized musical event, claiming that they have come to cast a historical film that is to be set in the village. What follows is a charming, semi-fictional documentary by and with the village community.

The proposed film project is just a pretext, that’s obvious from the start. Nonetheless, the villagers are happy to take part. Inventively and with subtle irony, Lapin plays with the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thus observed scenes unobtrusively merge into staged ones. He records marvellously absurdities, for example a tree being felled and laboriously put up somewhere else for the “shoot”, or broken-down cars fuelling the rumours of electromagnetism in the area. The cinematography in black and white is notable, full of references to classic Russian films, timeless and timely at the same time. Lapin’s feature-length debut is not only an affectionate local portrait with a sense for the absurd, but also a film about film: In a long dialogue by the river, two protagonists talk about cinema as an art form and how it is changing.
Annina Wettstein
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Exile
Rural vs. Urban
Audience Award Competition 2020
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Robin’s Hood Jasmin Baumgartner
Robin, president of the Vienna football club RSV, loves his “dirty rotten bunch”. Passion is his recipe. That goes for moral courage, discipline and parties.
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Robin’s Hood

Robin’s Hood
Jasmin Baumgartner
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
Austria
2020
93 minutes
German,
English,
Serbian
subtitles: 
German

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Jasmin Baumgartner
Jasmin Baumgartner
Dominic Spitaler
Anna Hawliczek
Olga Kosanovic
Matthias Writze
Lee Niederkofler
Nvie Motho

Fluctuation at the Vienna football club RSV is high. Coach Robin, who once hosted parties at the Prater sauna, sees his club as a political project, too: Players from various birth nations come together in his “dirty rotten bunch”. Athletic highlights are quite often followed by relegation, discipline and excess are cheek by jowl at RSV. Director Jasmin Baumgartner has followed Robin and his team over several years.

“My players are like my kids”, Robin says. And kids can be exhausting. They are caught with joints by the police on their way to the Slovenian training camp or prefer to go to the casino instead of completing their training units. But even president Robin isn’t averse to parties. On the sidelines of the amateur league it can get boozy and often rough: Opposing fans insult and discriminate against black athletes in particular. A behaviour for which Robin has no patience at all. He sees it this way: “If we integrate the super sweet Muslim fraction in our club, with our Serbian nationalists, uneducated Austrians and our Muslim-hating Congolese players, then we’ll not only be promoted to the fourth division. We’ll even stop the rise of the right-wing nationalists.”
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Zustand der Welt
Rural vs. Urban
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Small Worlds, Big People
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Self

Self
Claudia Larcher
Animation Perspectives 2021
Animated Film
Austria
2015
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Claudia Larcher
Constantin Popp

Nothing is closer to us than our skin. Its beautiful and less beautiful parts envelop the self, separate it from all else. A foray along naked parts of the body takes us from a shiny ridge via a rounded protuberance to a shady gorge. A neck. A belly…ear. A fellybear? Photos, videoclips and sounds form an irritating body collage.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2020
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The Smallest of Worlds – A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy Uwe Brunner, Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon
Walk-in archive, time capsule and storage for the collective memory of a state of emergency: globally collected snapshots of self-isolation and quarantine.
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The Smallest of Worlds – A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy

The Smallest of Worlds – A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy
Uwe Brunner, Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon
Extended Reality 2020
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Austria,
Germany,
Spain
2020
10 minutes
English

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Uwe Brunner
Bettina Katja Lange
Joan Soler-Adillon

Covid-19 has made quarantine and self-isolation the everyday experience for many. This project, developed at the CPH:LAB, invites people to scan their most personal places and moments. The resulting VR experience is a walk-in archive and time capsule, the collective memory of a state of emergency which also preserves forgotten virtues like deceleration and the spirit of discovery.

Lars Rummel
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Whistle Stop

Whistle Stop
Martin Arnold
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
Animated Film
Austria
2014
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Martin Arnold
Martin Arnold

Daffy Duck is caught in an animation loop. Martin Arnold dissects the industrial animated film production with its extreme division of labour, where body parts of the characters are isolated on different cels and moved separately, in loops and outside their habitat, separated from the background. Daffy’s beak wiggles, his wing hands flutter in the black void. An artistic and psychological study.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Zaho Zay

Zaho Zay
Maéva Ranaïvojaona, Georg Tiller
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Austria,
France,
Madagascar
2020
79 minutes
French,
Malagasy
subtitles: 
English

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Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Georg Tiller
Georg Tiller
Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Thomas Lambert
Georg Tiller
Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Georg Tiller
Barbara Bossuet
André Fèvre
Térence Meunier
Herimandresy Randriambololona
André Fèvre

“Zaho Zay!”, it’s me. This is the daily salute of the prisoners in a crowded Madagascan prison whose guard looks for her lost father in each new prisoner. Her projections and fantasies let the mystical, murderous father figure roam the island in simultaneously dreamlike and nightmarish sequences, accompanied by a poetic voiceover. A hybrid narrative, speculating about the mysterious paths and profound traumas of its landscapes and all who walk in them.

A pair of dice, a quiet murderer and his victims, traces of history and magic realism. Rituals and riddles, revenge, remorse and imprisonment are unravelled and re-interlaced between the brutal reality of a detention centre, the fantasies of the fictionalised narrator and the vast natural spaces of an island – slowly and poetically. Crises, colonial violence and its continuities are suggested and condensed. The montage of documentary material and staged sequences references western and film noir and develops an intense visual and narrative pull. An almost lyrical text and the precisely framed images bear witness to an impossible quest that’s actually a haunting, referring to individual and collective traumas and the strange forces with which such shocks inscribe themselves into narratives and places.
Djamila Grandits
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Sinn und Sein
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Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen

Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen
Michaela Schwentner
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Austria
2020
24 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Gerald Weber
Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Nik Hummer

Set theory, one of the cornerstones of mathematics, serves as a metaphor for “social structures as spatial arrangement”, as the first sequence of the film reveals. The visual playfulness first becomes an exploration of two- and three-dimensionality and then turns out to be a well-founded reflection of social power relations. The search for a supposedly correct “order of things” triggers the compulsive element in many viewers. Who’s (not) afraid of being different?

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
Sinn und Sein
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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