Distances

A young man moves to Vienna from the country to start in a new job. Martin is his name, he´s shy, awkward, his face shows no expression. Martin begins working as a salesman at chain of large electronics stores. His work shirt is yellow, his smile in the locker room mirror ("Check your smile") is forced. The film is sparse, not a frame too many, and the dialog´s brevity leaves room for the (tragi-)comedy of the moment.
Everything about the big city is still foreign to Martin, the speed of public transportation makes the buildings flash by in the distance.
At work he gradually befriends a slightly older colleague, Woschitz – a proverbial rascal, somewhat disobedient and rather lazy, he likes to drink a beer when on break. In contrast to his ambitious coworker, Stocker, who´s somewhat stiff, a stickler for the rules, and a squealer, as will be demonstrated later.
The competition at the workplace is as obvious as the job is boring, which entails more or less successful sales talks alternating with waiting, and inertia.
The settings of his lonely life at his uncle´s tiny apartment – which doesn´t have a bathroom, so he must wash his hair in the kitchen sink, and occasional calls from his mother – are observed carefully. As both a refuge and rhythmic punctuation, this socially realistic sketch is repeatedly interrupted by dream-like sequences showing a broad, snow-covered field and Martin´s brief encounter with a young woman who´s jogging, the object of his youthful desire.
At the electronics store, Martin´s coworkers start to bully him and, after a minor dispute, his boss´ interrogation turns into a scene of fraternization among men. Martin is forced to decide, for either the alcohol-soaked power structures with their men´s jokes or a sign of solidarity.
(Dieter Pichler)

Orig. Title
Entfernungen
Year
2006
Country
Austria
Duration
27 min
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
german
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Distances (Image)
Credits
Director
Alexander Stecher
Script
Alexander Stecher
Cinematography
Anna Manhardt
Music
Gernot Kogler, Gudrun Liemberger, Eric Spitzer-Marlin
Sound
Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
Editing
Tanja Schwaiger
Sound
Daniel Fritz
Sound Design
Stefan Rosensprung
Actor/Actress
Gerhard Roisz, Georg Allacher, Christoph Dostal, Peter Simonischek, , Franz Denninger, Lilian Klebow, Katharina Schwarz
Art Direction
Daniel Steinbach
Costumes
Alexandra Burgstaller
Make-Up
Johanna Jagoditsch, Isabella Koppensteiner, Tanja Wallisch
Executive Producer
Gregor Centner
Steadicam-Operator
Oliver Brosenbauer
Supported by
Burgenland Kultur, Wien Kultur
Available Formats
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
16:9
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2006
Tel Aviv - Int. Studentenfilmfestival
2007
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Münster - Int. Filmfestival