Peter Kubelka und Jonas Mekas

In a series of films made in the 1990s Friedl Kubelka introduced a new element: her participation in the film by interacting with the subject. These films are designed in such a way that the camera films a frontal view of the apparently motionless face, and a touch-a caress of the hair, a kiss, a hug-demonstrates the artist´s relationship with the subject being portrayed, who react in various ways, whether through a lightening of facial expression, a smile or intensified squinting. This matter of involvement represents the specific nature of this series of portrait films, ensuring Kubelka an outstanding position in the field of avant-garde film.

(Hemma Schmutz)


"Can I film a double portrait of you?". And then I went to Peter with whom I haven´t spoken since three days because we were quarreling and gave him a kiss. That was actually quite cold-blooded because Peter always felt that he had to induce the reconcilement and that I never did – what he was quite right about that. So I thought let´s do a reconcilement in front of the camera. One can see how he straightens up and becomes quite pleased during the film.

(from an interview with Friedl vom Gröller)

Orig. Title
Peter Kubelka und Jonas Mekas
Year
1994
Country
Austria
Duration
2 min 30 sec
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Friedl vom Gröller
Cinematography
Friedl vom Gröller
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w