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Quadro

DIR: Lotte Schreiber
2002 / Austria, Italy / 10 min

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the video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste. resembling a fortress, this imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, floats on top of a hill overlooking the city.

this edifice embodies its period’s ideas of a social utopia in a bold concrete structure without any scale.

its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. the rhythm of the editing corresponds to the architectural body’s meter. constructed space is manifested in filmic time.

artist and architect lotte schreiber juxtaposes two materials, exposed concrete and glass, against super8 and digital video.

together with the intense electronic soundtrack by stefan neméth, the contemplative flow of images develops an irresistible suggestive draw. again and again the rigidly framed static shots in grainy black and white are abruptly torn apart by extremely unsteady video footage.

this video is not an architectural documentary in a conventional sense. its sole foundation is solely the filmmaker’s subjective fascination with the constructed manifestation of a radical design idea and a failed social utopia. (Norbert Pfaffenbichler)

About

Director Lotte Schreiber
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Lotte Schreiber, Dariusz Kowalski
Editing
Music Stefan Németh
Sound
Duration 10 min
Year 2002
Country Austria, Italy
Colour
Tags architecture, lyric, poetic
Production
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Festivals

2002 Wien - Viennale - Int ...

2002 Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
2003 Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
2003 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2003 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2003 Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
2003 Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
2003 Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
2003 Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
2003 Nyon - visions du reel - Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire
2003 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
2003 Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
2004 Pesaro - Film Festival
2004 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
2004 Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
2004 Utrecht - Impakt Festival

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