Sweat

With a pulsating sound comes an Austrian still life stripped bare: summer holidays, backwoods, boredom. Two girlfriends ponder the future and shoot the breeze. Frustrated by the eternal monotony, they channel their adolescent insecurities into spontaneous outbursts of aggression. Playing to that on a YouTube stream are filmed atrocities of live animal feeding: In both cases, the law of the jungle reigns.
In the beautifully photographed vacuum of a clearly staked out village cosmos, Iris Blauensteiner confronts her protagonists with the unavoidable settings of the course on the way to adulthood—and also with the two young women’s long-term separation, the inevitability of which has first become apparent. A coming-of-age portrait between wannabe and gangster attitudes, disco and a cautious quest for identity.
(Sebastian Höglinger, Diagonale Katalog, 2014)



Sweat tells the last three days of a friendship between two girls. They live in a quiet village in the countryside. They are roaming through the surroundings, they go to parties, they watch videos, swim in the lake and fight. Angry about the accustomed they develop new, unexpected power. And start to act it out.
(Production note)


 

Orig. Title
Schwitzen
Year
2014
Country
Austria
Duration
30 min
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
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Credits
Director
Iris Blauensteiner
Script
Iris Blauensteiner
Cinematography
Carolina Steinbrecher
Music
mice on scene, Missue, Yann Minz, Gudrun von Laxenburg
Editing
Linda Reif
Sound
Simone Pischl
Sound Design
Andreas Pils
Actor/Actress
Nicole Locker, Michelle Lechner, Agnes Wilfinger, Wiltrud Schreiner, Anika Böhm, Jakob Hofer, Felix Lenz
Executive Producer
Daniela Praher
Art Direction
Nina Salak, Katharina Haring
Costumes
Nina Salak, Katharina Haring
Production
Daniela Praher Filmproduktion
Supported by
Otto Mauer Fonds, VAM, Wien Kultur, Land Niederösterreich, Innovative Film Austria
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2014
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (Best Austrian Newcomer)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Wien - this human world International Human Rights Film Festival
2015
Wien - Identities Queer Film Festival
Drama - International Short Film Festival