Scene from the film Mirror Mechanics
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Mirror Mechanics

  • Austria

The film as a mirror and, as a further consequence, the phenomenon of identification primarily inherent in feature films, condense to a type of essence of film's potential. This film reports on cinema and the processes within it. In doing so, it doesn't reveal any secrets, but instead, attempts to transfer – in the sense of seeing what we see – what we do in the cinema and what also can be relevant outside of film into a visually stimulating and captivating event. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)

The mirror is an instrument of deception. It can never correspond with the images presented to it, although it can reverse them, twist them into their antitheses: into counter images. It is no wonder that right from the start, the mirror has been one of the favorite accessories of melodramatic and avant-garde cinema. The mirror image's imaginary lack of physical body sums up the idea of the cinematic: illusion, shadow, projection.
In Mirror Mechanics, a young woman with wet hair glances in a bathroom mirror. She wipes across the surface with a brush of the hand: the picture that shows this scene is mirrored along the center axis, alienated in a type of double projection. That is the starting point: Siegfried A. Fruhauf subjects his material to a series of complex transformations, overlapping and intertwining variously processed image layers, double reflections, and multiple exposures. Jürgen Gruber's subtle soundtrack composed from intimated guitar feedback and electronic sound details gives the film an aura of smoldering aggression: the foundations of a thriller.
The final and most decisive reflection in Mirror Mechanics finally leads from the inside to the outside: toward gently rippling surfaces of water and a return to perfect symmetry, to a scene at the beach, in the scratched film reflection, an anonymous young woman with wet hair. (Stefan Grissemann)


  • Original title
    Mirror Mechanics
  • Direction
  • Sound
    Jürgen Gruber
  • Duration
    7 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
    • Cannes - Sémaine de la Critique
    • Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • Edinburgh - International Film Festival
    • Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
    • Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen
    • Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
    • Jihlava Documentary Film Festival
    • Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
    • La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
    • Leeds - Int. FilmFestival
    • Linz - Crossing Europe
    • Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
    • Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
    • Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
    • New York Shorts International Film Festival
    • Odense - Int. Film Festival
    • Paris - L'Etrange Festival
    • Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
    • Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
    • Taipei - Golden Horse Film Festival
    • Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
    • Utrecht - Impakt Festival
    • Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
    • Villeurbanne - Festival du Film Court
    • Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
    • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • Edinburgh - Kill your timid notion
    • Gainsville (USA) - FLEX
    • Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • Paris - Némo Festival
    • Puchon/Korea - International Fantastic Film Festival
    • Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
    • Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
    • Split - Festival of New Film and Video
    • Tampere - Film Festival
    • Wiesbaden - exground on screen
    • Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video 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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