Online catalogue / Jakub Vrba :

This Is Very Good
Das ist sehr gut
AT / CZ / 2009
4 min.

A sunset is not kitschy. Nature is never kitschy, nature’s just there, lying around, not demonstrating any kind of talent or lack thereof. When nature’s filmed or photographed it might become kitschy. The kitsch is in the eye of the beholder.
In Jakub Vrba’s That’s Very Good we see an indistinct image of someone, a person wearing an Alpine-style hat, their back to us. A projector is started, and it can be heard running loudly after that; it sounds like a generator. It projects nature scenes – also indistinct – onto the person, mainly onto a wall or screen in front of them. An idyllic forest scene is recognizable, a deer, a doe, or something like that.
In an ironically emphatic tone this someone comments on what’s shown, “Oh, that’s pretty!”, “Oh, that’s just so pretty!”, “Wow, that’s really pretty!”, struggling to find the right words: “Unbelievably pretty!”, “It’s so pretty!“, “Pretty as a picture!”, “Oh my God, how pretty!” The longer the person tries to express their feelings in some way other than this more or less banal manner, the more futile the attempts become. There’s a lack of expressiveness, and so what’s said, in fact, doesn’t say much. The sound of the projector hammers even more powerfully onto the scene, thereby mechanizing nature.
Certain nature films employ a great deal of advanced technology to promote a worldview that is hostile to technology, hostile to civilization and anti-urban. Back to nature! Vrba takes the directly opposite path. Escapism is not his thing. His film isn’t kitschy, and that’s very good thing. (Bernhard Seiter)

A film by:
- Jakub Vrba

- Avantgarde/Arts

original language:
- german

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- Betacam SP PAL

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- Biographie: Jakub Vrba

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