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Coming Attractions

DIR: Peter Tscherkassky
2010 / Austria / 25 min

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A negative image of a man's eyes in a car's rearview mirror. The countershot shows a smiling woman, and her wholly unambiguous facial expressions call our attention to the image's left-hand side, where film clips take shape in a flickering split screen. They show models, cups and various types of vehicles, which are then worked over thoroughly in the next 25 minutes: Coming Attractions. The title refers to both the nature of advertising films and early cinema, the 'cinema of attractions.' The initial visual contact juxtaposes the two genres through editing, and together with avant-garde film they represent the basic troika for 11 chapters in which Peter Tscherkassky examines the varying relationships between these three worlds of moving images. His film, a look at cinematic history through the rearview mirror, has been enriched with references in the carefully worded headings, to painting, music and film theory, in the form of wordplay. At the same time, what is being shown is fairly obvious. Using screen tests for commercials that were not meant to be preserved, Tscherkassky, the master of found footage, composed Coming Attractions in minute darkroom work. He adopted a variety of approaches in the individual chapters and, understandably, reveled in the absurd character of his raw material. Associations and cross connections are created, some of them mischievous and others with a deeper meaning: from the 'Ballet monotonique' of the daily grind at work, inspired by Léger, and actresses in advertising films who are doomed to mechanically repeat the same actions again and again, to the downright surreal scene of a model with an inflatable hood drier and a saxophone, not to forget a farewell scene in which two seemingly bewildered Pasolini actors encounter a sheepishly grinning tractor driver from a dumpling-mix commercial. This amusing cinematic cross-section presented as a cryptic visual poem, or poem of visuals, showing (un)conscious missteps is amusing, lighthearted and playful.

About

Director Peter Tscherkassky
Screenplay Peter Tscherkassky
Dir. of Photography
Editing Peter Tscherkassky, Eve Heller
Music
Sound Dirk Schaefer
Duration 25 min
Year 2010
Country Austria
Colour
Tags experimental, found footage
Production SIXPACKFILM
SIXPACKFILM
Address:  Neubaugasse 45/13
City:  1071 Vídeň
Country:  Austria
Web:  www.sixpackfilm.com
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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

Brighton - Cinecity Film Festival ...

Brighton - Cinecity Film Festival 2010


Cork - Int. Film Festival 2010


Gijon - International Film Festival 2010


Leeds - Int. FilmFestival 2010


London - BFI International Film Festival 2010


Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental 2010


Mar del Plata - Int. Film Festival 2010


Montréal - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010


New York - Film Festival 2010


Rio de Janeiro - Mostra Curta de Cinema 2010


Thessaloniki - International Film Festival 2010


Toronto - Int. Film Festival / Wavlenghts 2010


Valdivia Int. Film Festival 2010


Venezia - Mostra Internazionale d`Arte Cinematografica - Concorso Orizzonti 2010


Viennale - Vienna Int. Film Festival 2010


Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival 2010


Ankara - Festival on Wheels 2011


Ankara - Int. Film Festival 2011


Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu 2011


Bergamo - Cortopotere Int. Film Festival 2011


Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films 2011


Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen 2011


Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival 2011


Kaunas Int. Film Festival 2011


Paris - Cinéma du Réel 2011


Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival 2011


San Francisco - Golden Gate Award Int. Film Festival 2011


Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival) 2011


Seoul - Jeonju International Film Festival 2011


Split - Festival of New Film and Video 2011


Tokyo - Image Forum Festival 2011


Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival 2011


Utrecht - Impakt Festival 2011


Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens 2011


Vilnius - Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival 2011


Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2011


Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale 2011


Belgrade - Alternative Film/Video Festival 2012


Bradford - International Film Festival 2013


Bukarest - BIFF Int Experimental Film Festival 2014


Sevilla - Festival del Cine Europeo 2014

Awards

ORIZZONTI AWARD Shorts. Venezia ...

ORIZZONTI AWARD Shorts. Venezia - Mostra Internazionale d`Arte Cinematografica - Concorso Orizzonti 2010



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