Fiction & Documentary 5Lives Less Ordinary

, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 75 min

Insights into a Serbian corner shop that has become a regular meeting point for all who have not yet migrated. A group of bathers in a mountain stream, between pebble banks and a motorway bridge. Life with and against the forces of nature in a Russian icescape. And an extraordinarily narrated story that leaves you suspended in a net between reality and fiction. And finally a dark, surrealistic film about a family in a barren wasteland. The fifth programme in the competition takes a good look at ordinary people and their day-to-day lives, searching out the unusual, unknown and unsettling: short film as a microscope for social and natural events. 

KOD ĆOŠŠŠKA

DOWN ON THE CORNER

SwitzerlandSerbia2013 15 min Serbian

A corner shop in Sirca, a small village in central Serbia, serves as a meeting place for all who have not yet migrated. Between beer, cigarettes and suckling pig the older men of the village kill time, talking about their lives and worries. An accurate, documentary snapshot in time with tragicomic moments, hovering between humour and friendship, a zest for life and anxiety. The film feeds off its sympathetic protagonists, who approach their shortage of money and work with a cheerful “now more than ever” attitude.

Director
Nikola Ilić & Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Screenplay
Nikola Ilić & Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Camera
Nikola Ilić & Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Cast
People of Sirča, Central Serbia
Music
Heidi Happy
Sound
Marko Ilić

This film screening has been made possible in part thanks to the support of the European Commission in the context of its awareness-raising campaign on EU enlargement.

RIVER PLATE

Austria2013 16 min No dialogue

On a hot summer’s day a few people cool down in a mountain stream, under an imposing motorway bridge. A hairy man’s leg comes into view; other innocent body parts like the pelvis, belly, leg or knee follow in a strictly composed order, blending in with the impressive landscape. The bather’s faces don’t come into view until quite late on, the anonymity disappearing between the rushing of the river and motorway. River Plate is an example of meditative “body cinema” in greyish hues, and simultaneously an observational study, the suspense of which is unloaded at the end of the film.

Director
Josef Dabernig
Screenplay
Josef Dabernig
Camera
Christian Giesser
Cast
Josef Dabernig, Ingeburg Wurzer, Otto Zitko, Wolfgang Dabernig, María Berríos, Isabella Hollauf
Sound
Michael Palm

Zima

Winter

Russia2013 11 min 27 sec Russian

A journey to northern Russia and Siberia, two of the coldest regions in the world. Their inhabitants tell us about life in the icy desert, with and against nature, and the narrow divide between life and death. The human stories, impressive images of snow and ice, and the nifty sound design make for a daunting atmosphere, in which the cold slowly gets under your skin. A film, in which time seems to stand still.

Director
Cristina Picchi
Screenplay
Cristina Picchi
Camera
Saulius Lukoševičius
Cast
Ay Ogunlana
Vladimir Kopilov
Alexander (Murmansk's sailor)
Alexey Beznosov
Sergey Krutikov
Alexander (Baikal's fisherman)
Alexey Laptev
Music
Shoefiti
Sound
Henri D'Armancourt

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MAN KANN NICHT ALLES AUF EINMAL TUN, ABER MAN KANN ALLES AUF EINMAL LASSEN

Switzerland2013 15 min French

In order to contact Spanish film maker José-Luis Guerin, Marie-Elsa Sgualdo writes him a letter – in form of this “auto-fiction”. In it she recounts her childhood, her family and her mother, who was dangerously beautiful. The cunningly narrated story is enhanced with footage images from the 60’s and 70’s: holiday scenes, Brigitte Bardot, the parental generation doing the “twist”. Sgualdo keeps up a balance of image and sound with her usual light touch, holding us captive between truth and fiction. An exciting film that exudes liberty in each and every frame.

Director
Marie-Elsa Sgualdo
Screenplay
Marie­Elsa Sgualdo
Camera
Marie­Elsa Sgualdo
Cast
Julia Perazzini
Sound
Yanick Gerber

LA GALLINA

THE HEN

Spain2013 17 min No dialogue

A boy, who is no longer a child. A mother, who has long since abandoned herself. And a father, who wants to own the mother even after hear death. Thrown into a bleak and brittle landscape, they try to defy their dreadful existence. In the middle of all this: a chicken as a symbol of death. The strong black and white images get stuck in one’s memory like a nightmare, the music hammers itself into one’s brain. A dark, surrealist monolith from Buñuel’s homeland.

Director
MANEL RAGA
Screenplay
MANEL RAGA (based on MERCÈ RODOREDA's tale)
Camera
JESÚS MERINO
Cast
Arnau Gallén (child), Joaquín Ortega (father), Sílvia Sabaté (mother)
Music
CARLES SANTOS and PEP GIMENO "BOTIFARRA"
Sound
DIEGO CASARES and PABLO GREGORIO