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
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2001
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2002
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film