The beginning: a camera lens that gazes downward, tight against the street as though along the groove on a record. The camera as sound head, scanning the world rather than recording it, generating sounds from the structures of the landscapes passing by: a consistent gliding along the nearly flawless asphalt turns into an LP´s soft sizzling, hissing, static; speeding up the trip generates cacophonies, at times even melodies, which coincide with every new structure of the world in front of the sound head, to then fit together again to something beyond mere noise.

Billy Roisz´s and Dieter Kovačič´s most recent work contemplates the moving image - in a close association with the avant-gardes of the 1920s - as visual music, more precisely: as music that originates in the visual, produces itself from the visual. In contrast to most works by the two, it is not abstract forms but streets and landscapes that dominate the image; shine through relatively clearly, to then pass over into the abstraction of the sound world. In this way, the picture becomes a sound space (generated by the two artists in collaboration with the trio Radian) in which rhythm, timbre, and noise connect along the horizon to a timeline.

"All directions," as the title states, describes both the movements of the image (along the world, into the pictorial depth, upward in treetops rushing by, and downward, gazing at the crumbling patina of the country road) as well as an aesthetic experience, which is presented by the visual as music, the acoustic as motion picture, and the real world as abstract pattern. A thirteen-minute road movie into the night in which real things blur in order to appear as pure form, pure movement, pure light, and pure sound. (Alejandro Bachmann)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
13 min 23 sec
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovačič
Concept & Realization
Dieter Kovačič, Billy Roisz
Lisbeth Kovacic, Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovačič
Dieter Kovačič, Billy Roisz, Radian
Martin Siewert, Dieter Kovačič
Sound Mastering
Martin Siewert
Color grading
Andi Winter
Sound Mastering
Dieter Kovačič
Supported by
BKA - innovative film, Wien Kultur
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Dolby 5.1.
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Bratislava - Febiofest
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Edinburgh - International Film Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Shorts
Marienbad International Film Festival
Milano Aiace - Invideo
Syros - AnimaSyros
Hangchen - Jinzhen Short Film Festival
Beirut - NDU International Film Festival (GOLDEN OLIVE AWARD, BEST FICTION)
Stockholm REX – Animation Film Festival
Wien - Tricky Women / Animationsfilmfestival
Lausanne LUFF Underground Film Festival