catalogue 2019 (DE, EN, PDF)
thursday 8 oct 2020 opening night
N • P | German Premiere
Lisa Spilliaert BE 2020 | 60 min | stumm, engl.
Lost in Translation. "N - P" is the title of an untranslatable
fictional Japanese short story by the real author Banana
Yashimoto. All those who attempt translation are driven to suicide
for inexplicable reasons. Four protagonists, including the late
translator's ex-girlfriend and the mysterious lover of the also
deceased fictional author, meet in this summery, melancholy
silent comedy. It is about original and translation, fiction and
reality, the translatability of mediality. And: Isn't all this somehow
incestuous? Feature film debut of the Flemish photographer who
grew up in Japan and Belgium.
Attending: Lisa Spilliaert, Vincent Stroep (Produzent)
Analogue Eye Opener
Eve Heller & Peter Tscherkassky Artist in Focus
Her Glacial Speed (Eve Heller) USA 2001 | 4 min | 16mm
L'Arrivée (P. Tscherkassky) AT 1997/98 | 2 min | 35mm
Analogue experiments in large format. Eve Heller's didactic-free
found-footage educational film compilation and the first part of
Peter Tscherkassky's Cinemascope trilogy give a foretaste of the
lectures of the experimental filmmakers from Vienna and New
Attending: Eve Heller, Peter Tscherkassky
Short Eye Opener
Distance Film | UNDERDOX-Trailer
Siegfried A. Fruhauf AT 2020 | 100 Frames | stumm | 35mm
The only 100 analog 35mm single images yield exactly 191
centimeters: this is one of the recommended distances to which
we are urged by the corona distance rules.
friday 9 oct 2020
6:00 p.m. werkstattkino
Armour | German Premiere
Sandro Aguilar PT/CA 2020 | 45 min | engl., franz. OmeU |
16mm auf HD
In Rimouski (Quebec), the mysterious story of the drunken
Hector, who finds himself on the edge of a festival in medieval
armor, unfolds impressionistically and silently as in a photo novel.
Like a knight of the sad figure, he wanders through the landscape
in search of his missing girlfriend.
A Dança do Cipreste (The Cypress Dance)
Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela PT 2020 | 37 min |
port., engl. OmeU
The transformations of the body, driven by dreams and longing,
love and death, in lucid and ghostly variations. An encounter with
nature, with other beings and elements. Mariana, a woman and
painter. Loneliness, strangeness, eroticism and violence.
Projections and symbiotic relationships under the open sky and in
imaginary places. A sensual portrait.
Eve Heller: Lecture | Artist in Focus | 16mm
Eve Heller (*1961, Massachusetts) filmt mit einer 16mm-Bolex-
Eve Heller (*1961, Massachusetts) films with a 16mm Bolex
camera, or transforms found footage of various origins with the
optical printer, completely restructuring it in the cut-up process.
She always focuses on the special quality of the analog film
material - the emulsion, the grain of the image, the optical
soundtrack. Her films seem like poetic-cinematographic haikus,
each one with its own unique style: from elegiac to impetuous,
from lyrical to surreal.
Attending: Eve Heller
8:00 p.m. werkstattkino
The Magic Mountain | German
Eitan Efrat, Daniel Mann BE 2020 | 68 min | dt., poln., engl.
Hidden, underground worlds in the magic mountain. Whether
radon gas, magnetic force fields or rock beads: tunnels, quarries
and caves at three locations in Austria, Switzerland and Poland
bear witness to the insatiable desire to wrest the earth's natural
resources from the earth and to recognize, experience and feel
9:30 p.m. werkstattkino
VHYES | German Premiere
Jack Henry Robbins USA 2019 | 72 min | engl. OV | VHS auf
Bizarre retro-comedy, shot on VHS. The 12-year-old Ralph puts
together a mixed videotape from 1980s TV shows. In doing so, he
accidentally overwrites the wedding video of his parents. Home
shopping clips, soft porn and other devastating programs of TV
history form a nostalgic wave of loneliness that mercilessly resists
what is actually intended to be a wholesome family project.
saturday 10 oct 2020
6:00 p.m. werkstattkino
Pain, Vengeance? (Bread, Revenge?)
Stefan Hayn DE 2019 | 76 min | French OV German ST
Filmed reading, conjured up past. A historical-political essay on
dealing with German guilt, based on texts by the French
resistance fighter Robert Antelme. In 1944 Antelme was sent to
the Buchenwald concentration camp, where he experienced the
full extent of dehumanization. The result was the book "Das
Menschengeschlecht" (1947), one of the earliest testimonies of
Attending: Stefan Hayn
Topographie de la déraison (Topographie des Irreseins)
Claire Angelini FR 2020 | 31 min | French OV English ST
Jean-François Rameau, nephew of the famous French musician,
returns to the psychiatric hospital of Armentières, where he was
interned more than 250 years ago, to take us on a journey
through the space-time of the "great internment" (le Grand
Attending: Claire Angelini
Peter Tscherkassky: Lecture Artist in Focus | 35mm
For more than two decades, Peter Tscherkassky (*1958, Vienna)
has been distilling his films from found footage, cadre by cadre,
using an elaborate, strictly manual contact copy process in the
darkroom. His collages and multiple exposures result in an
intense experience of film - a "physical cinema", as Tscherkassky
himself calls it. In a lecture he will explain his technique using the
film "Outer Space" as an example.
Attending: Peter Tscherkassky
9:30 p.m. werkstattkino
Kate Tessa Lee & Tom Schön DE, MU 2019 | 84 min | kreol.
On Rodrigues in the middle of the Indian Ocean today
globalization and climate change are clearly noticeable. Socio-
cultural habits are changing, local lifestyles are becoming
obsolete. This is also experienced by the octopus fishermen, the
"Piqueuses ourite". Marie Louise Édouard is one of them. Now the
mid-fifties are facing an uncertain future.
Attending: Kate Tessa Lee, Tom Schön
sunday 11 okt 2020
Zustand und Gelände (Status and Terrain)
Ute Adamczewski DE 2019 | 118 min | dt. OF
Goldene Taube, Leipzig & Prix Premier, Marseille
In eastern Germany, so-called wild concentration camps were set
up immediately after the National Socialist seizure of power from
March 1933 to eliminate political opponents. Today they have
largely been forgotten. "Zustand und Gelände" is a search for
traces of the former places of horror and uncovers different
political cultures of remembrance.
Attending: Ute Adamczewski
5:00 p.m. werkstattkino
Book & Film: Gerhard Friedl
Gerhard Friedl – A Working Book
Volker Pantenburg (Hg.) FilmmuseumSynema Wien 2019
Gerhard Friedl (1967-2009) left behind a memorable body of film
essays that still influences documentary filmmaking today.
Matthias Hirth is the narrator in Friedl's precise films, where the
picture-sound scissors only seem to diverge in a lucid way. A
collection of texts by and about a unique filmmaker.
Lecture: Matthias Hirth
Knittelfeld – Town without History
Gerhard Friedl AT, DE 1997 | 35 min | dt. OF |16mm
To the pictures of a faceless small town, a narrator presents an
abysmal family tragedy in a calm narrative tone. There is no
question: it is about the province as a secret place of horror.
El año del descubrimiento
The Year of the Discovery
Luis López Carrasco ES, CH 2020 | 200 min | span. OmeU
In 1992, three major events took place in Spain: the Olympic
Games in Barcelona, the World Expo in Seville and the celebration
of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. Protests
against the closure of factories became increasingly fierce - until
the Basque regional parliament was set on fire with Molotov
7:00 p.m. werkstattkino
Phil Solomon: Lecture | 16mm
The American experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon (1954-2019)
is one of the great alchemists of cinema, alongside Stan Brakhage
and Tony Conrad. For him, the screen was a "window that opens
on a daydream", as he described it himself. Five of his works,
including "Remains to be Seen" (1989), one of the "greatest films
of all time" (Brakhage), open a view of his dreamlike universe.
Companion Eve Heller introduces the films.
Attending: Eve Heller
9:00 p.m. werkstattkino
Los Conductos Labor of Love | 16mm auf HD
Camilo Restrepo FR, CO, BR 2020 | 70 min | span. OmeU
First Feature Award, Berlinale
Pinky is on the run. He has freed himself from the sect of the
"Padre". Colombia is burning. Nightmare and hallucination are
celebrated, greedily reality is absorbed while the celluloid material
pulsates. Parable about the liberation of a whole country, maybe
monday 12 oct 2020
Ivana cea Groaznică (Ivana the Terrible)
Ivana Mladenović RO, RS 2019 | 86 min | rumänisch, serb.
"Some sort of Balkan family gone wild" is what the director, who
grew up in Serbia and lives in Romania, calls her
psychotherapeutic comedy. Autobiographical starting point: a
woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Actors: the artist's
semi-national family and friends.
8:30 p.m. werkstattkino
Labor of Love: L'Abominable (Paris)
Since 1996, the film laboratory L'Abominable in the north of Paris
has offered filmmakers the opportunity to develop and edit their
own film material in the autonomous collective operation. Since
then, this creative post-production atmosphere has produced the
films of Nicholas Rey, Nathalie Nambot, Camilo Restrepo (see Los
Conductos, Sunday 11.10.), Stefano Canapa, Martine Rousset,
Emmanuel Lefrant and many others, of which we present a
selection of outstanding professional DIY works.
tuesday 13 oct 2020
Oskar Alegria ES 2019 | 122 min | baskisch, span. OmeU
"Zumiriki", Basque for "island in the middle of a river". In the
essay film, the filmmaker returns to a central place of his
childhood in the Pyrenees and stages a series of intimate
homages to the spirit of the place. "Zumiriki" is a gentle critique
of civilization and a radical self-experiment with an uncertain
Attending: Oskar Alegria
8:30 p.m. werkstattkino
Kurzfilmnacht dokumente & experimente
With short break and free beverage | ca. 130 min | Entrance fee
The ultimate short film night proves the joy of experimentation
and perfect form. Cana Bilir-Meier shows a film about the OEZ
assassination attempt, Jovana Reisinger uses soft focus and
penny dreadful novel effects to decompose a Prince Charming
fantasy, Frédéric Jaeger expands the gender battle zone in
Hönow, Okin Cznupolowsky has found a couch potato rocker in
Munich and Bear Boy dares martial arts on 35mm. Furthermore,
films by Maureen Fazendeiro, Viktoria Schmid, and others.
Attending: Bear Boy, Cana Bilir-Meier, Frédéric Jaeger,
Jovana Reisinger, Okin Cznupolowsky
wednesday 14 oct 2019
6:30 p.m. werkstattkino
A.I. is the Answer | Weltpremiere
Christian von Borries DE 2020 | 77 min | engl. OV
The picture composer Borries calls his new film "A social science
fiction mini-series". He has compiled fragments of discourse, net
finds, advertising messages and scenes with two fictional
characters in a world in which even amazement can only be
virtual. A powerful and humorous antithesis to this year's
UNDERDOX analog theme.
Attending: Christian von Borries
Beirut over and over again | fundraising film screening
Libanon 1982-2019 | ca. 85 min | arab., engl., franz. OmeU
On August 4, 2020, 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated in
the port of Beirut and the entire city was covered by the disaster.
Protests following the detonation were suppressed. A military
state of emergency was declared, threatening the freedom to
stand up against a regime that literally blew up the people. In a
solidarity screening, Nour Ouayda (Beirut) and Philip Widmann
(Berlin) show short films by Hassan Julien Chehouri, Danielle
Arbid, Mohamed Soueid & Ghassan Salhab, Jocelyne Saab.
Attending: Philip Widmann
10:30 p.m. werkstattkino
Closing night with Radio Karantina (Beirut)
Directly from Beirut, "Radio Karantina" broadcasts ambient-
meets-song-and-voice-mixtapes, which are compiled by DJs,
artists* and filmmakers* from Asia, USA and Europe. A floating
antidote to the seriousness of this strange year.