Austrian Avant-Garde

Austrian Avant-Garde

77 Minute Running Time

Every year, Austrian film artists produce some of the most provocative, cutting-edge, visually stunning avant-garde films in the world. We are pleased to present a package of eight new works from Austria’s leading filmmakers.


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  • A to A

    A to A

    Austria , 2011 , 5 min.
    Director: Johann Lurf The terror of the mundane, revealed via traffic islands. More than 100 rotunda islands in Lower Austria are shown in increasingly grotesque segments of only a few seconds.... more
  • Cornelius Kolig. Short Notes to Eternity or Don't Fuck with Paradise

    Cornelius Kolig. Short Notes to Eternity or Don't Fuck with Paradise

    Austria , 2011 , 15 min.
    Director: Sasha Pirker A portrait of the artist Cornelius Kolig, his art, and his life, in poetic images, intoxicating sounds, and, parallel to the haunting visuals, the artist’s own voice.... more
  • FORÊT D'Experimentation

    FORÊT D'Experimentation

    Austria , 2012 , 22 min.
    Director: Michaela Grill The experimental forest: a place, a title, a statement of intent. Borders between nature and landscape, abstract and figurative, the processing of visual and tonal alphabets, produce a mesmerizing cinematic experience.... more
  • Heavy Eyes

    Heavy Eyes

    Austria , 2011 , 10 min.
    Director: Siegfried A. Fruhauf A kind of white noise and digital rain weighs heavy. Wild proliferations of images appear scribbled or scratched; spots spread across them. The old way of seeing no longer applies.... more
  • Jackson / Marker 4am

    Jackson / Marker 4am

    Austria , 2012 , 3 min.
    Director: Ruth Beckermann On a street, an African-American dances to rap music. We see a veranda where a party seems to be going on. We move through a landscape that constantly abstracts reality into fiction.... more
  • Vers.Augt

    Vers.Augt

    Austria , 2011 , 5 min.
    Director: Tone Fink Blinks of an eye give birth to episodes involving life and love. A smiling Buddha; a couple making love; a galloping udder, equipped with a drag parachute, vanishing into nothingness.... more
  • Workers Leaving the Factory (Again)

    Workers Leaving the Factory (Again)

    Austria , 2012 , 11 min.
    Director: Katharina Gruzei We see the backs of workers leaving a factory. We wonder: Is it nighttime? What work do they do? What do they earn? When will their jobs be moved overseas?... more
  • Zounk!

    Zounk!

    Austria , 2012 , 6 min.
    Director: Billy Roisz Colorful, flashing screen signals sink back into black; horizontal and vertical lines become a series of flickering grids. A mix of brutality and tenderness—a bonfire of image and sound.... more
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