Happy-End

Happy-End is a found footage film about oral ritual (…), about seasonal celebrations, and about a married couple, who quite obviously understand how to enrich and enliven companionship. We see a pair pouring drinks, cutting cakes, drinking toasts...
(Bert Rebhandl)

I wanted to bestow the couple a dignified resurrection and organized the footage so that, temporally speaking, the material runs in reverse and the players are steadily rejuvenated. (…) The finale is reached with the woman’s spirited dance that culminates in a freeze-frame, her face expressing an equal measure of joy and pain. Between egg-nog and Sachertorte the vanity of human existence rears its head. Ultimately Happy-End is a tragicomedy. (Peter Tscherkassky)

Orig. Title
Happy-End
Year
1996
Country
Austria
Duration
11 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Happy-End (Image)
Credits
Director
Peter Tscherkassky
Concept
Peter Tscherkassky
Cinematography
Anonymous
Editing
Peter Tscherkassky
Actor/Actress
Anonymous
Available Formats
35 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1997
Denver - Int. Film Festival
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
New Orleans - Film & Video Festival
Amascultura - Encontros Internacionais de Cinema Documental
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Huesca - Festival de Cine
Milano - DOC
Locarno - Festival Int. De la Video et Arts Electroniques
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Utrecht - Impakt Festival
Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
Pesaro - Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival Trencianske
New York - Film Festival
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
1998
Leeuwarden/NL - Noordelijk Film Festival
Ann Arbor - Film Festival
Humboldt - Int. Film Festival
Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival
Helsinki - MUU Media Festival
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Vic / E - Mostra de Film Documental
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Olympia - Film Festival
1999
Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival Trencianske
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
2000
Wunsiedel - Grenzland Filmtage
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
2001
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Brest - Festival du Film Court
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
2002
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
2004
Buenos Aires Festival Int. de Cine Independiente BAFICI
Ankara - Festival of European Film / Festival on Wheels
Pesaro - Film Festival