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Dream Work

DIR: Peter Tscherkassky
2001 / Austria / 11 min

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Dream Work, in CinemaScope and black & white, is the same length as a period of deep sleep. The moment at which a woman enters a building, removes her shoes and then her panties (the framing is lascivious), she inevitably becomes both the subject and object. When she falls asleep, she not only falls deeper into the film, the latter penetrates her. The phallic conjoining, the fact that the woman´s body exists only within the film (and vice versa), is made tangible by Tscherkassky´s copying of individual frames – though in an extremely immediate sense, and also as the horror of being unable to escape this context. Behind the awakening lurks the dream. Behind opening doors waits an ego. Behind a man in the room looms the void. The images, the afterimages, the negatives circle each other in a maelstrom in which the classic psychoanalytic view of the conscious mind´s unconscious function is gradually lost in a higher logic of neuronal chaos. And then, guided by Man Ray´s rayograph technique, they reassemble in a para-dream which – paraphrasing Freud – could be described as a pictorial mental image (and for the first time to a commissioned score). In the same way as in an actual dream, Dream Work does not contain individual and unconnected images; although each one is radically arbitrary, the context is so compelling that an alternative is inconceivable – unless taken from a different universe, of course. But this is the best of all possible dream worlds, regardless of how terrifying it seems.

About

Director Peter Tscherkassky
Screenplay Peter Tscherkassky
Dir. of Photography
Editing
Music Kiawasch Saheb Nassagh
Sound
Duration 11 min
Year 2001
Country Austria
Colour Black & White
Tags body, experimental, found footage
Production SIXPACKFILM
SIXPACKFILM
Address:  Neubaugasse 45/13
City:  1071 Vídeň
Country:  Austria
Web:  www.sixpackfilm.com
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Phone:  00 43 1 526 09 90
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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

Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short ...

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


Brest - Festival du Film Court 2001


New York - Film Festival 2001


Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen 2001


Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts 2002


Amiens - Festival Int. du Film 2002


Athens - Film Festival 2002


Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende 2002


Aukland - New Zealand Int. Film Festival 2002


Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu 2002


Cannes - Festival de Cannes 2002


Chicago Underground Film Festival 2002


Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage 2002


Cork - Int. Film Festival 2002


Denver - Int. Film Festival 2002


Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films 2002


Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget 2002


Jerusalem - Film Festival 2002


Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm 2002


London - BFI International Film Festival 2002


Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival 2002


Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental 2002


Manchester Int. Short Film & Video Festival 2002


Melbourne - Int. Film Festival 2002


Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video 2002


Nantucket - Film Festival 2002


New Jersey - Black Maria Festival 2002


New York - Expo of Short Film & Video 2002


Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage 2002


Odense - Int. Film Festival 2002


Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche 2002


Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival 2002


Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival 2002


Split - Festival of New Film and Video 2002


Strasbourg - Forum du Cinema Européen 2002


Sundance Film Festival 2002


Trencianske Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival 2002


Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival 2002


Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival 2002


Utrecht - Impakt Festival 2002


Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens 2002


Wiesbaden - exground on screen 2002


Windsor - Media City 2002


Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage 2002


Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival 2002


Ann Arbor - Film Festival 2003


Bamberg - Kurzfilmtage 2003


Brisbane - Int. Film Festival 2003


Dresden - Filmfest 2003


Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival 2003


Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival 2003


Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2003


Singapore International Film Festival 2003


Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival 2003


Tokyo - Image Forum Festival 2003


Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival 2003


Wiesbaden - exground on screen 2003


Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival 2004

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