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Government House
Haus der Regierung
AT / RU / 2018
11 min.

The film´s title designates a luxury housing block in Moscow, built around 1930 for Stalinist officials. This is something we cannot see. Not really. But somehow, we can, because we are being shown the interior and the roof of an empty-looking building: dark stairways, rooms, corridors and halls, along with glimpses of a metropolis at night in the background. Most of all, however, this film shows vibration: it is vibration. A phantom-like figure (in the end there will be two) moves through these spaces ditheringly, attached to bright filaments reminiscent of a gigantic web. Vibration pervades everything we are being shown here – all of the house and all of the image. It all jerks in a stop-motion-like non-movement caused by changes in the lighting.
Time sculptures: that is how Jacques Aumont (using a term coined by Tarkovskij) once called the not so dissimilar "vibration films" made by Kurt Kren. Sculptural film installation, that is the field that filmmaker Herwig Weiser works in (among other things). The vibration running through the house modulates from the spatial to the temporal (as the soundscape modulates from drones to the ethereous). This transition is mediated through echoes from haunted house movies and through a projection motif: Light falls into spaces, and the threads of the web resemble rays of light; one of the giant house´s halls is a cinema. So we are reminded of our current situation, as we are sitting watching this film, in suspense like the figure suspended in the web.
Remembrance, projection, putting yourself in a place: the house vibrates. It does not stand still, and the film does not stop there, with the image of a moloch-like state bureaucracy whose history it testifies to as a ruin. This house acts as memory. Therefore it is a place of gathering not just for several pasts (among them the pasts in art and film histories which Daniel Kothenschulte retraced from Haus der Regierung to Vertov and Op-Art, Polanski and Tscherkassky) – but also for intimations of a certain present and future. There may come a time in which governments are building not only fences and walls, but also houses so massive that they make us tremble. In the full sense of the word: We will see. (Drehli Robnik)

A film by:
- Herwig Weiser

- experimental

original language:
- no dialogue

Available Prints:
- Digital File

price: 44,00 EUR


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