As part of cooperation with the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts, CINEMAFORUM will present a retrospective composed of the best Austrian short films of the 16th edition of the leading festival taking place in Vienna. The cinematography of the country situated on the Danube diagnoses the human condition and gives a look into the cellars. Characteristic issues also appear in intriguing and short-range awards around the world.
OPERATION JANE WALK
reż. / dir.: Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel
17’ / Austria 2017
City sightseeing as a computer game: An armed task force is guided through a postapocalyptic New York in a multiplayer shooter game. “Operation Jane Walk” is an online performance that isn’t so much about shooting stuff up as it is
about the history of urban planning and architecture in the Big Apple. Even the occasional blaze of bullets can’t stop this highly educational tour
reż. / dir.: Alexander Gratzer
4’ / Austria 2017
A hermit couple in the desert. The man dances gracefully at the edge of an empty pool. A psychological crisis ensues, expressed by Alexander Gratzer in a minimalist colored-pencil- and pencil-drawn animated short by way of a bizarre dialog which raises questions about life and animation.
MORSEN – FEDERSPIEL (v17)
reż. / dir.: Simon Spitzer, Jessyca R. R. Hauser
6’ / Austria 2017
Agirls’ lacrosse team at training. The sports field becomes a field of tension, where the team and rivalry are negotiated. Bodies collide, looks are exchanged, instructions are heard and threatening gestures are made. Spitting, sweating and
jostling. Accompanied by the brass band Federspiel, captured in slow motion, the viewer can experience the game of the energetic (sound) body very closely
EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND
reż. / dir.: Bernhard Wenger
23’ / Denmark, Sweden, Austria 2018
A spa in the mountains. After an argument, the girlfriend leaves the room and disappears without trace. Aron is left dumbfounded. He spends the time at the pool, makes friends with other guests, and asks about his girlfriend at the reception desk. With subtle humor and impressive images, a new chapter in Aron’s life begins. A film whose title says it all!
reż. / dir.: Michaela Taschek
20’ / Austria 2017
Using photos from her family archive, Michaela Taschek traces the life of her father, who died unexpectedly. He comes back to life in these images from the past, marries, starts a family, builds a home. An essayistic, deeply personal hunt for clues—beautiful and moving.