do they speak color ?

They say, if cephalopods had a language, they would conquer the world.
They also say, artificial intelligence will take over one day.
What if the two incidents were actually just one?

do they speak color ? is a film about the questionable possibility of communication across space, time and species.
Our human protagonist - let's call her Tilda - is looking out for possible ways to communicate across time and space with no other human beings at sight. Her world is strangely twisted, but we don't know exactly how.
Usually we seek meaning in words. But there are no decipherable words in this movie. And yet there is plenty of meaningful communication going on. optical (light, colors), chemical (pheromons), physical (motion), accoustical (sound) ways of communication – from atomic semiotics to zebra finch - all the topics of communications are there and they are signifier and signified. You just have to let your receptors connect directly. Let it go - It will only make sense, if you don't seek for meaning.

Morse code, time travelling, upsidedown jellyfish, semi-biological quantum computers, golden records, slime mold ...
And all watched over by an octopus of loving grace.

Orig. Title
do they speak color ?
Year
2022
Country
Austria
Duration
22 min 25 sec
Category
experimental
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovačič
Cinematography
Dieter Kovačič
Music
Agnes Hvizdalek, Dieter Kovačič, Billy Roisz, Oliver Stotz, Marta Zapparoli
Montage
Billy Roisz
Sound Design
Dieter Kovačič
Sound Editing
Dieter Kovačič
Supported by
Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport / Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Wien Kultur MA 7
Available Formats
DCP 4K scope (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,39
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2022
Montréal - Festival International du Film sur l'Art
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films