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Erwin

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2020
16 minutes

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Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Gerald Weber
Dietmar Schwärzler
Gerald Weber
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Like many of Soldat’s films, Erwin takes sexual routine as its point of departure. Desire is not on display or interpreted, but instead captured as integral to common and insufficiently documented forms of lifestyle and relationship. These forms of relationship include the filmic encounter between the filmmaker and the subject he is portraying: restrictive biographical formulas are avoided through the combination of Soldat's friendly, direct questions and Erwin’s concentrated willingness to provide information and pleasure performing for the camera. Erwin’s staging of himself as a “horny pig” tugging on his nipple clamps, his sexual fantasies involving his own father, the hardships of typical gay life in rural Austria as of the 1970s, territorial and social isolation inside a shuttered mobile home with a laptop serving as the only window – each piece coexists equally in the film, without one telling more about Erwin than the other. By the time a naked ass bids us farewell, Erwin has already made clear that here exposure serves the aim of self-determination and making contact. (Joachim Schätz)