Mountain Trip

Direction
Year
1999
Country
  • Austria
Duration
4min
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Mountain Trip is a cinematic myriorama constructed of hundreds of Austrian postcards, which reflect a country's hackneyed trappings as no other medium can. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)

The parameters of this experiment have been clearly defined: Two rows of postcards with mountain motifs (the cards in the upper row have been turned on their heads) are juxtaposed in such a way that mountains point to other mountains, the denouement of a massif butts up against a meadow, etc., resembling Chinese "cadavre exquis" cards which can be arranged to show an endless landscape. The camera pans to the right, and its speed varies while alpine folk music plays in a monotonous loop.
One would expect the camera's movements to accelerate, the mountains flowing together into a blurred line. Instead, Fruhauf works with imponderabilities, breaks and irritations. The acceleration is not continuous; there are new approaches, repetitions of motifs and jumps. The transitions shift and are jerky as if the postcards were held in someone's hand; the unity of the individual shots is extremely unstable....
While the observer's gaze willingly accepts the alpine panoramas at first, it is gradually channeled into the undercurrent of something in between, the irregular border between top and bottom. The accuracy of detail in the mountain genres (according to statistics, most people still think of a mountain landscape when asked to imagine a "pretty picture") dissolves into a non-referential dynamic. One is reminded of how the borders come alive in the course of several hours in Michael Snow's La région centrale and may regret that this trip ends after only four minutes. (Birgit Flos)

Details

  • Original title
    Mountain Trip
  • Direction
  • Music
    Rainer Gamsjäger
  • Duration
    4 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    1999
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • 1999 Wien - StudentInnenfilmfestival
    • 2000 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
    • 2000 Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • 2000 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • 2000 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • 2000 Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm
    • 2000 Los Angeles - LA Freewaves
    • 2000 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
    • 2000 Olympia - Film Festival
    • 2000 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2000 Wiesbaden - exground on screen
    • 2001 Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • 2001 Denver - Int. Film Festival
    • 2001 Humboldt - Int. Film Festival
    • 2001 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2001 New Jersey - Black Maria Festival
    • 2001 Palermo - l'immagine leggera. Int. Videoart, Film & Media Festival
    • 2001 Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
    • 2001 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • 2001 Sundance Film Festival
    • 2004 Tampere - Film Festival

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