Life in Loops (Megacities RMX)

Direction
Year
2006
Country
  • Austria
Duration
80min
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The multi-media artist Timo Novotny describes his project as an experimental musical documentary. His film is a remix of the film Megacities, a visually opulent essay about life in several big cities around the world, which was filmed in 1997 by the Austrian director Michael Glawogger. In the documentary, Novotny works with the kind of technology often used by DJs in dance clubs - the remixing of an original work and the use of loops to create new compositions. An audiovisual journey to Mexico City, New York, Moscow and Mumbai occurs against the backdrop of the original film, just under one-third of which the director used in the film re-mix. The visual material in the new work includes unused footage, and sequences that were subsequently shot in Tokyo by the film's cameraman. The soundtrack, which plays a role in shaping the film, is the work of the electronic group Sofa Surfers. Like the original film, RMX shows life on the flipside of the global economy: the cities are like black holes, which pull more and more people into their space; more than ten million people live in each of them. The big city symphony resounds in dark tones, as poverty is the source of its clamour. The film grows out of the composition of the previous film, and the same images are offered in different ways. It puts forward new harmonies and alters the syntax to show that an image can be presented as many times as the memory or the imagination is capable of conjuring it.

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Details

  • Original title
    Life in Loops (Megacities RMX)
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Michael Glawogger, Timo Novotny
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Wolfgang Thaler
  • Editing
    Timo Novotny
  • Music
    Sofa Surfers (Markus Kienzl, Wolfgang Frisch, Wolfgang Schlögl)
  • Sound
    Markus Kienzl
  • Duration
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2006
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Production
      • Orbrock Film Theater Produktion GmbH
      • Schottenfeldgasse 56/23
      • A- 1070 Vídeň
      • Austria
      • tel: +43 1 5222 588
      • cell: +43 664 204 63 62
      • fax: +43 1 5222 588
      • e-mail: gehmacher@orbrock.com
  • Festivals
    • Diagonale 2006 / 21.-26.03.06 / Graz, Austria
    • 41st Karlovy Vary IFF / 30.06.-8.07.06/ Czech Rep. / AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM 2006
    • Ekofilm 2006 / Ceske Budejovice 06 / 9.-15.10.06 / Czech Rep.
    • 20th IFF RIGA / 16.-23.09.06 / Latvia
    • 18th IFF Reykjavik / 28.09.-7.10.06 / Iceland
    • 22nd IFF Warszawa / 6.-14.10.06 / Poland
    • 33rd FLANDERS IFF GENTH / 10.-21.10.06 / Belgium + LIVE 16.10. Sofa Surfers + Timo Novotny
    • 3rd IFF Zagreb / 16.-21.10.06 / Croatia
    • 40th IFF Hofer Filmtage / 24.-28.10.06 / Germany
    • 10th Jihlava - Documentary IFF / 24.-29.10.06 / Czech Rep.
    • Sevilla IFF / EURODOC / 3.-11.11.06 / Spain
    • 4th CPH:DOX / 10.-19.11.06 / Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 13th Regensburger Shortfilmweek / 15.-22.11.06 / Germany
    • 23rd Oslo IFF / 16.-26.11.06 / Norway
    • 16th IFF Bucharest / 20.-24.11.06 / Romania
    • 10th Tallin Black Nights IFF / 23.11.-10.12.06 / Estonia
    • 47th Festival dei Popoli / 1.-8.12.06 / Florence, Italy
    • 6th DocPoint - Documentary IFF / 24.–28.01.07 / Helsinki, Finland
    • 30th Göteborg IFF / 26.01.-5.02.07 / Sweden
    • Adelaide IFF / 22.02.-4.03.07 / Australia
    • 35th Belgrade IFF / 23.02.-4.03.07 / Serbia & Montenegro
    • 11th Sofia IFF / 1.03.-11.03.07 / Bulgaria
    • 22nd Mar del Plata IFF / 8.-18.03.07 / Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Eurodok Oslo / 14.-18.03.07 / Norway
    • 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / 16.-25.03.07 / Greece
    • 12th Vilnius IFF "Kino Pavasaris" / 23.03.-05.04.07 / Lithuania
    • 20th Singapore IFF / 18.–30.04.07 / Singapore
    • OPENING FILM OF: 4th IndieLisboa - IFF / 19.-29.04.07 / Portugal
    • EMAF - European Media Art Festival Osnabrück / 25.-29.04.07 / Germany
    • Il Nodo - Doc. IFF / 09.-14.05.07 / Triest, Italy
    • 33rd Seattle International Film Festival / 24.05.-17.06.07 / USA
    • 47th Krakow Film Festival / 31.05.-5.06.07 / Poland
    • European Film Market 2007 @ Berlinale IFF / 08.-18.02.07 / Germany
    • Dialëktus Festival 2007 / 10.-14.04.07 / Budapest, Hungary
  • Awards
    • Best documentary 2006 in 41st KARLOVY VARY IFF
    • Golden Deer in "dialëktus" Budapest 2007

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