Five not-really-ethnographic films. Suggesting experimental approaches to a traditional genre, they oscillate between gazing at alien lives/rituals/practices and deconstructing an alienated gaze. Dušan Makavejev’s ironic “Kulturfilm” discovers the tradition of beehive painting, László Moholy-Nagy gives us “hend-held access” to the daily lives of Roma on the outskirts of Berlin, and The House Is Black, Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad’s only completed film, tenderly yet insistently looks at life in a leper colony. Lisl Ponger’s déjà vu and Billy Roisz’ Chiles en Nogada are modern-day research palimpsests in which doubt is followed by reimagination: they take apart the common sounds and images of foreign worlds in order make a new composition.
Curated by Alejandro Bachmann & Alexander Horwath (Austrian Film Museum)