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Mountain Trip

DIR: Siegfried A. Fruhauf
1999 / Austria / 4 min


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Mountain Trip is a cinematic myriorama constructed of hundreds of Austrian postcards, which reflect a country's hackneyed trappings as no other medium can. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)

The parameters of this experiment have been clearly defined: Two rows of postcards with mountain motifs (the cards in the upper row have been turned on their heads) are juxtaposed in such a way that mountains point to other mountains, the denouement of a massif butts up against a meadow, etc., resembling Chinese "cadavre exquis" cards which can be arranged to show an endless landscape. The camera pans to the right, and its speed varies while alpine folk music plays in a monotonous loop.
One would expect the camera's movements to accelerate, the mountains flowing together into a blurred line. Instead, Fruhauf works with imponderabilities, breaks and irritations. The acceleration is not continuous; there are new approaches, repetitions of motifs and jumps. The transitions shift and are jerky as if the postcards were held in someone's hand; the unity of the individual shots is extremely unstable....
While the observer's gaze willingly accepts the alpine panoramas at first, it is gradually channeled into the undercurrent of something in between, the irregular border between top and bottom. The accuracy of detail in the mountain genres (according to statistics, most people still think of a mountain landscape when asked to imagine a "pretty picture") dissolves into a non-referential dynamic. One is reminded of how the borders come alive in the course of several hours in Michael Snow's La région centrale and may regret that this trip ends after only four minutes. (Birgit Flos)


Director Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Dir. of Photography
Music Rainer Gamsjäger
Duration 4 min
Year 1999
Country Austria
Tags collage, experimental, satirical

1999 Wien - StudentInnenfilmfestival
2000 ...

1999 Wien - StudentInnenfilmfestival
2000 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2000 Cork - Int. Film Festival
2000 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2000 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
2000 Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm
2000 Los Angeles - LA Freewaves
2000 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
2000 Olympia - Film Festival
2000 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
2000 Wiesbaden - exground on screen
2001 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2001 Denver - Int. Film Festival
2001 Humboldt - Int. Film Festival
2001 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
2001 New Jersey - Black Maria Festival
2001 Palermo - l'immagine leggera. Int. Videoart, Film & Media Festival
2001 Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
2001 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
2001 Sundance Film Festival
2004 Tampere - Film Festival



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