Quadro

Direction
Year
2002
Country
  • Austria
  • Italy
Duration
10min
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the video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste. resembling a fortress, this imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, floats on top of a hill overlooking the city.

this edifice embodies its period’s ideas of a social utopia in a bold concrete structure without any scale.

its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. the rhythm of the editing corresponds to the architectural body’s meter. constructed space is manifested in filmic time.

artist and architect lotte schreiber juxtaposes two materials, exposed concrete and glass, against super8 and digital video.

together with the intense electronic soundtrack by stefan neméth, the contemplative flow of images develops an irresistible suggestive draw. again and again the rigidly framed static shots in grainy black and white are abruptly torn apart by extremely unsteady video footage.

this video is not an architectural documentary in a conventional sense. its sole foundation is solely the filmmaker’s subjective fascination with the constructed manifestation of a radical design idea and a failed social utopia. (Norbert Pfaffenbichler)

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  • Original title
    Quadro
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Lotte Schreiber, Dariusz Kowalski
  • Music
    Stefan Németh
  • Duration
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    2002
  • Country
    • Austria
    • Italy
  • Festivals
    • 2002 Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
    • 2003 Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
    • 2003 Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • 2003 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • 2003 Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
    • 2003 Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
    • 2003 Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
    • 2003 Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
    • 2003 Nyon - visions du reel - Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire
    • 2003 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • 2003 Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
    • 2004 Pesaro - Film Festival
    • 2004 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • 2004 Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
    • 2004 Utrecht - Impakt Festival

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