20 LITTLE FILMS

Each year since 1995, the Viennale has asked a great, international director to make his or her own personal contribution to the festival: a contribution in the form of a small, approximately one-minute film, which, like a trailer, is used as a kind of introduction to the festival. But the idea isn’t a trailer in the strict sense of the word – no conventional advertising or opening credits for the festival. The concept is more to create a short, autonomous work, a cinematic moment that stands alone and for nothing and no-one else. It’s a kind of bet the festival makes that has no restrictions in terms of form, contents or aesthetics. Over the years this has resulted in a series of absolutely unique, exceptional works: a series full of surprises, breaks, peculiarities and rhythms. Directors who have previously accepted our invitation to make a trailer for the Viennale include many great names such as Stan Brakhage, Agnès Varda, Jonas Mekas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jean-Luc Godard and David Lynch. Each of them has created his/her own cinematic world between home movie and political essay, music film and minimal étude, mysterious story and radical, aesthetic abstraction. They are, as Jonas Mekas once remarked, not trailers, but “real little films.” This series of “little films” by directors from Bruce Baillie to Chris Marker and James Benning to Leos Carax will now be shown together for the first time on the occasion of the Viennale’s great 50th anniversary, premiering at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Credits
Director
Chris Marker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Agnès Varda, Peter Tscherkassky, Matthias Müller, Jonas Mekas, David Lynch, Ken Jacobs, Jean-Luc Godard, Ernie Gehr, Gustav Deutsch, Jem Cohen, Leos Carax, Stan Brakhage, James Benning, Bruce Baillie, Martin Arnold
Executive Producer
Viennale - Vienna Int'l Filmfestival
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby digital
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour, b/w
DCP 2K (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2012
Locarno - Festival Int. de film