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Step Across the Border

DIR: Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel
1990 / Germany, Switzerland / 90 min

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In STEP ACROSS THE BORDER two forms of artistic expression, improvised music and cinema direct, are interrelated. In both forms it is the moment that counts, the intuitive sense for what is happening in a space. Music and film come into existence out of an intense perception of the moment, not from the transformation of a preordained plan. In improvisation the plan is revealed only at the end. One finds it. The other connection concerns the work method: the film team as band. Much as musicians communicate via the music, our work, too, was realized within a very small and flexible team of equals. What mattered was exchange. And movement. Sometimes we started filming in the middle of the night, responding to a new idea that had arisen only minutes before. We had a fundamental feeling for what we wanted to do, for what kind of film this should be. And we followed that feeling. It was all very instinctive...

Do you know a white rabbit who, playing trumpet, circles the world on his flying carpet?

May be you have met him somewhere already, in Zurich, London, Leipzig, Tokyo or New York. That at least was about the route we took and what resulted from it was the black-and-white wink of an eye at the symphonic connection between subways, storms and electric guitars.

An American critic wrote: 'Fred Frith's music makes your jaw drop, your feet dance, and your neighbours move.'

Also starring: several telephones, puddles, scarecrows, saxophones, orchestrated cities and motors.

A music film.

About

Director Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel
Screenplay Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel
Dir. of Photography Oscar Salgado
Editing Gisela Castronari, Vera Burnus, Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel
Music
Sound Jean Vapeur
Duration 90 min
Year 1990
Country Germany, Switzerland
Colour
Tags experimental, film, music
Production Cine Nomad
Cine Nomad
Address:  Aventinstrasse 1
City:  D-80469 München
Country:  Germany
Web:  www.cinenomad.de/
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