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Mirror Mechanics

DIR: Siegfried A. Fruhauf
2005 / Austria / 7 min


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The film as a mirror and, as a further consequence, the phenomenon of identification primarily inherent in feature films, condense to a type of essence of film's potential. This film reports on cinema and the processes within it. In doing so, it doesn't reveal any secrets, but instead, attempts to transfer – in the sense of seeing what we see – what we do in the cinema and what also can be relevant outside of film into a visually stimulating and captivating event. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)

The mirror is an instrument of deception. It can never correspond with the images presented to it, although it can reverse them, twist them into their antitheses: into counter images. It is no wonder that right from the start, the mirror has been one of the favorite accessories of melodramatic and avant-garde cinema. The mirror image's imaginary lack of physical body sums up the idea of the cinematic: illusion, shadow, projection.
In Mirror Mechanics, a young woman with wet hair glances in a bathroom mirror. She wipes across the surface with a brush of the hand: the picture that shows this scene is mirrored along the center axis, alienated in a type of double projection. That is the starting point: Siegfried A. Fruhauf subjects his material to a series of complex transformations, overlapping and intertwining variously processed image layers, double reflections, and multiple exposures. Jürgen Gruber's subtle soundtrack composed from intimated guitar feedback and electronic sound details gives the film an aura of smoldering aggression: the foundations of a thriller.
The final and most decisive reflection in Mirror Mechanics finally leads from the inside to the outside: toward gently rippling surfaces of water and a return to perfect symmetry, to a scene at the beach, in the scratched film reflection, an anonymous young woman with wet hair. (Stefan Grissemann)


Director Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Dir. of Photography
Sound Jürgen Gruber
Duration 7 min
Year 2005
Country Austria
Tags experimental, film, found footage, poetic

2005 Austin - Cinetexas - Int ...

2005 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2005 Cannes - Sémaine de la Critique
2005 Cork - Int. Film Festival
2005 Edinburgh - International Film Festival
2005 Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
2005 Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen
2005 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
2005 Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
2005 Jihlava Documentary Film Festival
2005 Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
2005 La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
2005 La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
2005 Leeds - Int. FilmFestival
2005 Linz - Crossing Europe
2005 Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
2005 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
2005 Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
2005 New York Shorts International Film Festival
2005 Odense - Int. Film Festival
2005 Paris - L'Etrange Festival
2005 Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
2005 Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
2005 Taipei - Golden Horse Film Festival
2005 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
2005 Utrecht - Impakt Festival
2005 Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
2005 Villeurbanne - Festival du Film Court
2005 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2006 Edinburgh - Kill your timid notion
2006 Gainsville (USA) - FLEX
2006 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
2006 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
2006 Paris - Némo Festival
2006 Puchon/Korea - International Fantastic Film Festival
2006 Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
2006 Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
2006 Split - Festival of New Film and Video
2006 Tampere - Film Festival
2006 Wiesbaden - exground on screen
2006 Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
2007 Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale


2005 Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen / Award ...

2005 Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen / Award: Grand Prix SF Norge
2005 Linz - Crossing Europe / Award: Local Artists Award
2006 Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival / Award: Honorable Mention




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