Sophia`s Sofa

An ominous chord ends. Fade in. The lights of a big city, towers of glass and a slender silhouette rise into view. Sophia is on a dangerous mission. In her catsuit and fashionably styled red hair, and with an apparently endless arsenal of burglar tools, she nimbly climbs a façade. Sophia´s Sofa doesn´t bother with long explanations: It´s night, there´s no time to lose, and dangers abound. The rhythm is set by the high-hat; a lascivious bass line accompanies Sophia as if she were the heroine in a movie scored by Lalo Schifrin. As mysterious as Irma Vep and tough as Trinity in The Matrix, she makes her way through a labyrinth of oblique angles and treacherous laser traps. Her goal is in the strong room; the object of her desire waits under a glass cover. Suddenly, there are quiet steps behind her. A flash of white announces the presence of a rival: Sophia is not the only burglar here tonight...
Sophia´s Sofa is a light-footed homage to comic-book heroines: cosmopolitan criminals able to run up walls and jump several meters in a single bound and who still find time to do their hair. In less than three minutes, AUGE tells a story which has been reduced to the bare minimum, in expressive tableaus, split screens and to the rhythm of its eclectic soundtrack. The video winds down in a happy ending and an easy-going bossa nova groove.
(Michael Loebenstein)

Orig. Title
Sophia`s Sofa
Year
2001
Country
Austria
Duration
3 min
Category
Animation/Computeranimation
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Thomas Aigelsreiter
Music
Roland Falthansl
Production
Thomas Aigelsreiter
Supported by
VIDOK, C. B. Pfaffenbichler
Available Formats
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2001
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2002
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film