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L'Arrivée

DIR: Peter Tscherkassky
1998 / Austria / 3 min

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A white screen. Tabula rasa. Panavision. L'Arrivée shines on you like pure projected light, like the white surface still waiting for the marks of the filmmaker. In L'Arrivée, Peter Tscherkassky goes back to the beginning, back to lumière and the Lumières who, once upon a time, made a film of a train arriving.
And then the dirt begins to invade, the "story", if you like. A frenzy in the soundtrack - it bangs, creaks, crackles and roars. From the right a grey veil approaches: the perforation of a strip of film. L'Arrivée makes cinema from mistakes, from derailments. Half pictures - the misty pictures of a grey delegation in station somewhere - penetrate the white surface.
From right and left they run together, crash into each other and strive to separate themselves again. The material comes from Mayerling (1968), a Habsburger melodrama from the British director Terence Young. The Eastman colour which was originally present has been exorcised by the filmmaker. What Tscherkassky does here is drastically re-configure in Cinemascope. A train arrives and collides with its mirror image. Events begin to turn head over heels. Tscherkassky hystericalises the images. He allows them to lose their certainty, crosses soundtrack with perforation strip, changes positive to negative, slits the material open. Inside out and upside down. Phantom images - behind the veil of a film still running amok as if in the grip of a panicking collaborative cinematographic machine. A filmstar staggers into the final kiss - Catherine Deneuve alights, a man (Omar Sharif - which sounds like j'arrive) hurries towards her. A kiss. Bliss. An end.
L'Arrivée is a film in the process of approaching. An orchestrated melodrama of dislocated viewing values made with sheer pleasure in disaster." (Stefan Grissemann)

About

Director Peter Tscherkassky
Screenplay Peter Tscherkassky
Dir. of Photography
Editing
Music
Sound
Duration 3 min
Year 1998
Country Austria
Colour Black & White
Tags experimental, film, found footage
Production SIXPACKFILM
SIXPACKFILM
Address:  Neubaugasse 45/13
City:  1071 Vídeň
Country:  Austria
Web:  www.sixpackfilm.com
E-mail:  
Phone:  00 43 1 526 09 90
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Fax:  0043 1 526 09 92

Distribution SIXPACKFILM
SIXPACKFILM
Address:  Neubaugasse 45/13
City:  1071 Vídeň
Country:  Austria
Web:  www.sixpackfilm.com
E-mail:  
Phone:  00 43 1 526 09 90
Cell phone:  ---
Fax:  0043 1 526 09 92

Festivals

1998 Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous ...

1998 Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts


1998 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival


1998 Cork - Int. Film Festival


1998 Denver - Int. Film Festival


1998 Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films


1998 London - PANDAEMONIUM - Festival of Moving Image


1998 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental


1998 Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage


1999 Ann Arbor - Film Festival


1999 Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage


1999 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget


1999 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival


1999 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival


1999 Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival


1999 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival


1999 Wiesbaden - exground on screen


2000 Braunschweig - Filmfest


2000 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films


2000 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival


2001 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival


2001 Brest - Festival du Film Court


2001 Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche


2002 Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts


2002 Athens - Film Festival


2002 Aukland - New Zealand Int. Film Festival


2002 Buenos Aires - Int. Videofestival


2002 Cannes - Festival de Cannes


2002 Cork - Int. Film Festival


2002 Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival


2002 Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage


2002 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival


2003 Brisbane - Int. Film Festival


2003 Pesaro - Film Festival


2003 Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis


2003 Singapore International Film Festival


2003 Tokyo - Image Forum Festival


2003 Wiesbaden - exground on screen


2004 Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival

Awards

Segundo Premio at Semana ...

Segundo Premio at Semana de Cine Experimental 1998, Madrid (Spain)


Honourable Mention at the Ann Arbor Festival 1998 (USA)



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