O.T.

O.T.
O.T.
O.T.

Markus Scherer´s four-minute film O.T. begins as though it were a landscape painting from the nineteenth century. A snow-peaked mountain top rises majestically. The camera’s motionless gaze invites careful observation: one recognizes the steep rock flanks on which no snow is lying, perceives the sculptural protuberances of snow drifts, the slightly quilted surfaces of the white fields.
The soundtrack consists of an extremely deep drone, inducing the viewer to sink in even deeper. Gradually, all certainty about what one sees dissolves. Is that actually a mountain that is depicted or simply a small, snow-covered rock? Since there are no figures to compare in terms of size, the image topples. Perhaps it is a bit of shore protruding into an iced-over body of water. There are no birds to offer a clue, as in traditional landscape paintings. Or are there?

The waft of sublimity is suddenly broken by a black splotch on the upper edge of the snow formation. But this is no landed mountain jackdaw; instead, a snowboarder coming from the backside of the peak, getting into position. Now he races in a tuck down the steep slope, to then disappear from the lower edge of the picture around fifteen seconds later.
The snow-covered high mountains were a practice slope for the modern aesthetics of the interwar period. Filmmakers and photographers, excited by accelerated bodies, used skiing as an example for trying out the visual effects of extreme top and bottom views, backlighting, and brusque black-white contrasts. Markus Scherer, too, operates on the seam between graphic surfaces and pictorial space, but counters the rush of speed with an anti-dramatic gesture. His actor leaves no spectacular curves in the snow, just a sharp, straight cut—as though a painter had cut open a canvas.
(Matthias Dusini)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
O.T.
Year
2013
Country
Austria
Duration
4 min
Director
Markus Scherer
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
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Credits
Director
Markus Scherer
Concept & Realization
Markus Scherer
Cinematography
Alexander Pühringer, Georg Oberhumer
Production
Markus Scherer
Available Formats
Blu-ray (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
16:9
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
16:9
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2014
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Wroclaw - New Horizons Festival (1st Award Experimental)
Prizen/Kosovo Dokufest Doc Film Festival
Salzburg - Bergfilmfestival
2015
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Lissabon - Indielisboa Int. Film and Videofestival
2016
Busan - Intern Short Film Festival