Scene from the film Night Sweat

Night Sweat

  • Austria

The sky´s blue hanging above the black of a forest. Lightning flashes over a clearing. And the white ball of the moon with dark spots. These are the three suggestions that make Night Sweat an examination of a visual effect´s technical aspects.
The film was shot in analog Hi-8 video. Its poor resolution, especially in precarious light conditions, occupies the foreground in the first and third chapters. At the same time the musical accompaniment matches perfectly, with scattering beats, dubby wisps of sound and intensifying distortion effects. In the zoom of this part´s final shot the pixelated blue of the night resembles the pandemonium of bacteria under a microscope: The image exists behind the documentary appearance.
In the concluding part the picture "trembles," then condenses into an apparently familiar representation of the moon, which is in fact conveyed only through various media devices. After the camera zooms back, the horizontal layer of blocks turns out to be an outer edge of a bright circle.


  • Original title
    Night Sweat
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Siegfried A. Fruhauf
  • Sound
    Jürgen Gruber, Christoph Ruschak
  • Duration
    9 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • Linz - Crossing Europe
    • Telluride - TIE International Experimental Film & Video Festival
    • Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
    • Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
    • Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
    • Berlin - Transmediale (Festival for digital art)
    • Copenhagen - cph:dox, Intl Documentary Film Festival
    • Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
    • Neubrandenburg (D) & Szczecin (PL) - dokumentART Film & Video Festival
    • Nijmegen - Go Short Film Festival
    • Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
    • Paris - Némo Festival
    • Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
    • Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • Wien - Fulframe Festival
    • Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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