The big screen walker

The big screen walker

The movie screen walkers

               Genre: Documentary, Essay Film
               Writers, Literature, Catholicism, Austria

headbirths, hell images and Winnetou’s death

  The Austrian writer Josef Winkler should at least since the conferment of the Georg-Büchner Prize 2008 of the German Academy for Language and Literature to a wide audience to be known. Michael Berger is devoted to a pipe together with the eloquent author of a documentary inventory, to head the cinema Winkler implement congenial in pictures and so access to one of the most exciting writers of our time allows. However, if you expect a documentary-detached look at the life and work of Winkler looks at the latest after a few minutes in the wrong movie. Life and writing, death, homosexuality, and memories of the narrowness and stuffiness of his own childhood mingle in the big screen walker as in the books of the writer word to one-and visually stunning stream of consciousness, the equally opulent how drastically a firework of associations, friction, similarities and shrill dissonance to the screen and right into the central nervous system of the viewer will burn.

in and with the cinema screen walkers have obviously met two kindred spirits. What are certainly also like the fact that director Michael Berger pipe and the writer Josef Winkler have grown up in a similar archaic rural environment, one in Lungau Salzburg ‘, the other 80 km further south in Kamering in Carinthia. Together, they produced the Drehkonzeopt that was designed deliberately left open to leave room for the unexpected and random roadside Found. From these findings, there are many to explore in this film. Yet you never feel that the film is bogged down or falling apart – would on the contrary. Held together by the impressive and depressing prose of the author developed the film very own pull, where you are – what a rarity in films essays that deal with literature – sometimes can not resist any more.

Between the native Carinthia and the other two geographic poles India and Mexico relaxed in this way a dramatic cinema feat that the own tone Winkler and the ever-recurring themes of death and sexuality, Catholicism and the stuffy confines of the Provincial with images of a disturbing and yet exquisite cruelty illustrated and can collide. Musically accompanied by Tigres del Norte, the Austrian band Naked Lunch, a heartrending song about Martha Toledo and several other performers, the internal logic of the film are the following widely used not just where they should ideally be installed by their origin, flow as images and sounds of different cultural backgrounds together quite naturally. The vast majority of the texts Winkler’s claim of course for themselves that have been assembled from various works where, as free, as is the case for the entire film. Only one place you can hear the voice of the author’s own, otherwise it is the sonorous bass of Peter Patzak, who recites the Winkler-passages with great intensity, giving us a good insight into the typical literary style of the Büchner Prize winner. From the primal experience of the cinema (the final death scene from Winnetou III) and the trauma of the suicide of two gay guys in Carinthia, his childhood spans the arch of reminders to parents and reflections about their own mortality and death wish (“I am depressed because I have been some time no longer had suicidal thoughts “) to an angry statement with the Catholic Church, as in this violence in recent years is mainly used again and again from Austria. Nevertheless, the movie screen walker not a work that wants to provoke in particular, but one that is as it seems in many moments of the laws of literature and film to float and penetrate in which the two areas at the most excellent and mutually inspire. With so much anarchic liberalism hides one which sometimes something (perhaps deliberately) wooden game scenes all too happy for lost and, instead, in words, sentences and images that are strung together rarely so bold and brazen, so seductive, and cruel, assembled and placed on a collision course looked like here.

So far, the big screen Walker was only in selected Austrian cinemas and on some festivals as well as at the European Film Market this year’s Berlinale seen. Whether there will be a theatrical release in Germany, is currently not known yet. But already we can hope …

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The movie screen walkers Country of production: Austria, Mexico, India Year of Production: 2008 Length: 85 (Min.) (# )

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