HYPERCRISIS (17', Austria, 2012)

 

European Film Awards Nominee for Short Films of Venice Film Festival 2011 and winner of the Innovation Prize at Diagonale Austria 2011, HYPERCRISIS is a piercing and humorous look at a former recreation home for Soviet cinematographers which has been repurposed today to accommodate writers. But this doesn’t seem to work much better than in the past. The only artist on the guest list is a poet from the promising times of the perestroika, who tries for a long time to overcome a permanent creative crisis.

Director: JOSEF DABERNIG

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Cast: DANIEL SHVELIDZE, KAREN POGHOSYAN, GAGIK NSHANYAN, CHRISTIAN KRAVAGNA

Screenplay: JOSEF DABERNIG

Cinematography: CHRISTIAN GIESSER

Editing: JOSEF DABERNIG

Sound: ELISABETH HILDEBRANDT, MICHAEL PALM

Producer: JOSEF DABERNIG

Production: JOSEF DABERNIG



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The visual artist JOSEF DABERNING (b. 1956, Austria) participated twice in the Venice Biennale and has been the subject of a retrospective exhibition hosted by the GalerieimTaxispalais in Innsbruck and the Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art. He started to work on films in 1994 and ever since he realized more than ten short films. With an impressive experience within the visual arts field, JOSEF DABERNIG works consists of film, public art projects and even interior designs for art institutions. His film festival participations include Locarno (2002, 2008), London BFI (2009), Mar del Plata (2007, 2011), Melbourne (2001), Oberhausen (2006, 2009), Rotterdam (2000, 2011), Toronto (2006, 2009) and Venice (2011).

 

European Film Awards Nominee – Venice Orizzonti 2011 / Mar del Plata 2011 / Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental 2012 / Montréal - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2012 / Tampere Film Festival 2012 / Innovative Cinema Award - Diagonale Festival of Austrian Films 2012 / New York - Migrating Forms 2012 / Odense - International Film Festival 2012

 

“The irony, the apparent ease and great sadness of the film, the way this self-destructive space is brought to life again - all these have convinced the jury that JOSEF DABERNIG’s HYPERCRISIS deserves the award for Innovative Cinema. (Diagonale 2011 Jury)

 

“Amidst the faded glory of the institution for privileged artists, the poet tries to overcome his continuing creative crisis. There is little support from the staff of the house. Especially the higher ranking live in the lap of luxury. They appear to primarily satisfy their own desires instead of meeting the wishes of others. Nevertheless a joint celebration is organized. In the institution’s own cinema, however, the system ultimately shows its true colors. The indisposed audience is bored by the musical performance of the highly gifted twins Arevshatyan, and the nervous crisis of the poet reaches a low point just at the time of the celebration.“ (Josef Dabernig)

 

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