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Life in Loops (Megacities RMX)

DIR: Timo Novotny
2006 / Austria / 80 min

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The multi-media artist Timo Novotny describes his project as an experimental musical documentary. His film is a remix of the film Megacities, a visually opulent essay about life in several big cities around the world, which was filmed in 1997 by the Austrian director Michael Glawogger. In the documentary, Novotny works with the kind of technology often used by DJs in dance clubs - the remixing of an original work and the use of loops to create new compositions. An audiovisual journey to Mexico City, New York, Moscow and Mumbai occurs against the backdrop of the original film, just under one-third of which the director used in the film re-mix. The visual material in the new work includes unused footage, and sequences that were subsequently shot in Tokyo by the film's cameraman. The soundtrack, which plays a role in shaping the film, is the work of the electronic group Sofa Surfers. Like the original film, RMX shows life on the flipside of the global economy: the cities are like black holes, which pull more and more people into their space; more than ten million people live in each of them. The big city symphony resounds in dark tones, as poverty is the source of its clamour. The film grows out of the composition of the previous film, and the same images are offered in different ways. It puts forward new harmonies and alters the syntax to show that an image can be presented as many times as the memory or the imagination is capable of conjuring it.

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About

Director Timo Novotny
Screenplay Michael Glawogger, Timo Novotny
Dir. of Photography Wolfgang Thaler
Editing Timo Novotny
Music Sofa Surfers (Markus Kienzl, Wolfgang Frisch, Wolfgang Schlögl)
Sound Markus Kienzl
Duration 80 min
Year 2006
Country Austria
Colour
Tags cities, experimental, globalization, society
Production Orbrock Film Theater Produktion GmbH
Orbrock Film Theater Produktion GmbH
Address:  Schottenfeldgasse 56/23
City:  A- 1070 Vídeň
Country:  Austria
Web:  www.orbrock.com
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Phone:  +43 1 5222 588
Cell phone:  +43 664 204 63 62
Fax:  +43 1 5222 588

Distribution
Festivals

Diagonale 2006 / 21.-26 ...

Diagonale 2006 / 21.-26.03.06 / Graz, Austria
41st Karlovy Vary IFF / 30.06.-8.07.06/ Czech Rep. / AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM 2006
20th IFF RIGA / 16.-23.09.06 / Latvia
18th IFF Reykjavik / 28.09.-7.10.06 / Iceland
22nd IFF Warszawa / 6.-14.10.06 / Poland
Ekofilm 2006 / Ceske Budejovice 06 / 9.-15.10.06 / Czech Rep.
33rd FLANDERS IFF GENTH / 10.-21.10.06 / Belgium + LIVE 16.10. Sofa Surfers + Timo Novotny
3rd IFF Zagreb / 16.-21.10.06 / Croatia
40th IFF Hofer Filmtage / 24.-28.10.06 / Germany
10th Jihlava - Documentary IFF / 24.-29.10.06 / Czech Rep.
Sevilla IFF / EURODOC / 3.-11.11.06 / Spain
4th CPH:DOX / 10.-19.11.06 / Copenhagen, Denmark
13th Regensburger Shortfilmweek / 15.-22.11.06 / Germany
23rd Oslo IFF / 16.-26.11.06 / Norway
16th IFF Bucharest / 20.-24.11.06 / Romania
10th Tallin Black Nights IFF / 23.11.-10.12.06 / Estonia
47th Festival dei Popoli / 1.-8.12.06 / Florence, Italy
6th DocPoint - Documentary IFF / 24.–28.01.07 / Helsinki, Finland
30th Göteborg IFF / 26.01.-5.02.07 / Sweden
European Film Market 2007 @ Berlinale IFF / 08.-18.02.07 / Germany
Adelaide IFF / 22.02.-4.03.07 / Australia
35th Belgrade IFF / 23.02.-4.03.07 / Serbia & Montenegro
11th Sofia IFF / 1.03.-11.03.07 / Bulgaria
22nd Mar del Plata IFF / 8.-18.03.07 / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Eurodok Oslo / 14.-18.03.07 / Norway
9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / 16.-25.03.07 / Greece
12th Vilnius IFF "Kino Pavasaris" / 23.03.-05.04.07 / Lithuania
Dialëktus Festival 2007 / 10.-14.04.07 / Budapest, Hungary
20th Singapore IFF / 18.–30.04.07 / Singapore
OPENING FILM OF: 4th IndieLisboa - IFF / 19.-29.04.07 / Portugal
EMAF - European Media Art Festival Osnabrück / 25.-29.04.07 / Germany
Il Nodo - Doc. IFF / 09.-14.05.07 / Triest, Italy
33rd Seattle International Film Festival / 24.05.-17.06.07 / USA
47th Krakow Film Festival / 31.05.-5.06.07 / Poland

Awards

Best documentary 2006 in ...

Best documentary 2006 in 41st KARLOVY VARY IFF
Golden Deer in "dialëktus" Budapest 2007



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