Spitting

The young man spitting cherry pits, with an off-screen accomplice, attempts to hit the camera´s lens with one of them. Various moods become apparent on the way to a certain goal: effort, failure, then finally success. A happy, lighthearted film.

(Friedl vom Gröller)


I didn’t know this young man. In Paris I was looking for an Arab because are rumoured to be particular good at spitting, but do not like to be portrayed as such. In the end I picked out the most handsome man in the supermarket – there were a lot of Arabs – and thank god he did it. My idea was actually to make the viewer believe that the cherry stone flies into his or her eye. But my camera is far too slow – so this did not really work. Furthermore I had glued a filter to protect my objective and that was another reason why the effect could not be realized.

(from an interview with Friedl vom Gröller)

Orig. Title
Spucken
Year
2000
Country
Austria
Duration
2 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
Spitting (Image)
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