notes on film 01 else

A face in five panels, black and white and placed in brackets. notes on film 01 else is a report on cinema´s narcotics: visualization and motion, material and montage, and the riddle posed by a face. Understood as the German woman´s name, "else" could refer to the young actress gazing from the five fields of the split screen, simultaneously object and subject of our voyeuristic desire. It seems as if a screen test were being made; the arranged images from a casting, shot from several different sides and arranged "cubistically". The woman moves, turns, poses and plays with the camera, with refusal and surrender, with hesitant invitation and sudden retreat.
The orchestral music reveals itself to be synthetic, as a series of quotations which resemble both epically surging kitsch and modernistic fragility.

Everything is in motion, the images, the sound and the text.
A transformation is taking place: The word "if" begins to disintegrate slowly, to shift and split, and then reform as terms such as "then", "or" and "else". A journey into the world of implications, to the subjunctive mood of cinema-tographic narration, to the Other, foreignness of the filmic, to the present, to the sheer presence of its actors.

At its very beginning, this film celebrates, as if in fast forward, the material nature of cinema, quoting avant-garde history, neue Sachlichkeit and Duchamp´s Anémic Cinema, though without becoming nostalgic. notes on film 01 else is in a sense timeless, being equally indebted to early cinema and the postmodern: a screen for projections, black and white and set between brackets, as an incidental remark, a quick note on the bittersweet beauty of the moving image, which preserves time and space.

(Stefan Grissemann)

Translation: Steve Wilder

Orig. Title
notes on film 01 else
Year
2002
Country
Austria
Duration
6 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Cinematography
Martin Putz
Music
Wolfgang Frisch
Actor/Actress
Eva Jantschitsch
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
2002
Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
Venezia - Biennale di Venezia
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
2003
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Brisbane - Int. Film Festival
Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
Chicago Underground Film Festival
2004
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival