WIEDER HOLUNG

WIEDER HOLUNG is four times three letters, four syllables or two words; four fields, two lines, black or white, moving drawings.
WIEDER HOLUNG can be described as a sprouting series of differentiations and reversals. The basis is simple, while simultaneously the consequences are comprehensive. Everything is drawn, everything is animated, everything is either black or white. Within these guidelines for the film, all fixed qualities are abrogated, even a constant like the woman, the "heroine" of WIEDER HOLUNG is subject to transformation and transforming moods. This may be read as threatening. WIEDER HOLUNG begins as a nightmare and subsequently switches between apocalyptic phantasies (things and spaces breathe, bodies are formless masses, wounds bleed and shrieks explode) and the commonplace, to some extent documentary, observation of details and movements such as lighting a cigarette from the pilot light of the gas water heater or replaying the calls on a telephone answering machine.
One thing soars into the other. Flying fork attacks are echoed later in those just quietly wriggling. Room decoration finds its counterpart in the drain of the shower. Deputising, the mixer attacks the toaster. The heroine gives birth to her own double.
Just as complex sequences of movement are communicable through minimal changes in black and white (leaving a room is marked by a flash of white in the darkness and the descent of a lift by a black stripe, from a crack in the door, moving downwards), the ever-present opposites of dream and reality, man and woman, young and old, living and dead resist one another until the redemptive transformation of the repetition. (Isabella Reicher)

Orig. Title
WIEDER HOLUNG
Year
1997
Country
Austria
Duration
8 min
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Category
Animation/Cartoon
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Script
Nana Swiczinsky
Cinematography
Nana Swiczinsky
Music
Flo Prix, The Splinters
Editing
Nana Swiczinsky
Sound
Flo Prix
Animation
Nana Swiczinsky
Coloration
Esther Peischl, Barbara Frantal
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
1997
Leipzig - Dok Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm
Bilbao - Certamen Int. de Cine Doc. y Cortometraje de Bilbao
Schorndorf/D - Trickfilmtage
1998
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Stuttgart - Int. Trickfilm-Festival
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Philadelphia - Festival of World Cinema
Toronto - Worldwide Short Film Festival
Montecatini Terme - Mostra Int. FILMVIDEO
Aukland - New Zealand Int. Film Festival
Brisbane - Int. Film Festival
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Riga - Arsenals - Int. Film Festival
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Helsinki - MUU Media Festival
Kiew - Molodist Int. Film Festival
Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
Braunschweig - Filmfest
Köln - feminale - Int. Frauenfilmfestival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Hiroshima - Int. Animation Festival
1999
Windsor - Media City
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Ankara - Int. Film Festival
Solothurn - Filmtage
2001
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Brest - Festival du Film Court
2002
Cork - Int. Film Festival
2003
Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
2004
Tampere - Film Festival