Film & Literature: Ingeborg Bachmann 



Ludwig wüst about Egyptian Eclipse

In 1997 I undertook my first trip to Egypt, carrying the book "Der Fall Franza" by Ingeborg Bachmann. A hermetic text, written forty years ago in a hermetic country, which at first glance does not reveal itself and often does not allow a second glance. When I planned to film "Egyptian Darkness", the third chapter of the book "Franza", I undertook several trips to the deserts of Egypt (1998-2000) to write my script on location. Since it was clear from the beginning that it should be a silent movie, I made about 500 sketches and painted storyboards. In April 2001 we went to Cairo and the Sinai desert to shoot our film. After a gruelling shooting in Egypt (arrest of the whole team and threat of expulsion!), an extremely difficult post-production (15 cut versions of the film) we could finally celebrate the happy premiere in the Filmcasino Vienna on April 28, 2002.

Egyptian Eclipse

Ludwig Wüst
AT 2002
66 min | German

B+P: Ludwig Wüst | DOP: Raffael Kinzig
E+S: Samuel Käppeli | With Michaela Conrad, Hani Amr Abdullah, Mohammed Kosa, Ludwig Wüst

Saturday 12 oct | 8.30 pm | werkstattkino

“The Case of Franza“ by Ingeborg Bachmann is the description of an odyssey without return. The film tells about the escape of a woman from her bourgeois life. “So I went into the desert. Light broke down on me…“ The journey into the desert becomes an inner trip of a gradual extinction. Only the memory of a man follows the woman...