KONIGSBERG (18’, France, 2012)

 

"A philosophical poem at its finest” (Nisimazine), KONIGSBERG is a charming existentialist tragicomedy, reminding of the absurd humor, the melancholic reflexivity and the painterly aesthetics of Roy Andersson’s cinema. Mr. Konigsberg seems to have a perfect life: he runs a small successful bussiness, is a happy husband and father surrounded by a loving family, he enjoys pleasures like hunting. Yet, under the mask of this happiness, there lies hidden an irremediable sadness: the hunting is more a therapy than a hobby, while family means actually indifference, non-communication and loneliness. Mr. Konigsberg feels he’s loosing his reason to go on.

Director: PHILIPP MAYRHOFER

 

Cast: PAUL BANDEY

Screenplay: PHILIPP MAYRHOFER

Cinematography: MARC GOMEZ DEL MORAL

Editing: CAROLE LE PAGE

Music: ENNIO MORICONE

Sound: JEAN COLLOT

Producer: IGOR ALEXIS WOJTOWICZ

Production: FERRIS & BROCKMAN



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PHILIPP MAYRHOFER was born in 1976 in South Tyrol, Italy. He studied philosophy in Vienna and Paris, where he is still based today. His ideological background actively influenced his type of approaching filmmaking.  He directed two documentary films before writing KONIGSBERG, his first short fiction.  In KONIGSBERG, he remains an author who doesn´t give solid answers to the questions his story and character pose. 

 

Quinzaine des Realisateurs, Cannes 2012 /  Sarajevo Film Festival 2012/ International Izmir Short Film Festival Turkey 2012 

 

KONIGSBERG is well known as being the former name of the capital of East Prussia and the birthplace of German philosopher Immanuel Kant whose work „Critique of Practical Reason“ is often been regarded as one of the most important works in the history of philosophy. Last but not least it´s the story of this successful, but rather lonesome man named Mr. Königsberg who is haunted by his reputation of being a terrible hunter with an introverted personality […], a man who questions his faith in destiny and reason at the very core of his own existence.” (Marek Mäemets, Nisimazine)

 

“Esthetically enchanting, with a great appetite for retro-pastoral colors and dream-like settings, the propelling world of the film is from the beginning a bohemian journey, driven by a protagonist who seems to have it all. In this philosophic fairytale, the superlatives lead to unexpected consequences: happiness and fulfillment are just an early stage of melancholy, hunting is more a therapy than a hobby, and family means rather solitude, than togetherness. Music as a vivid continuum of the image, becomes the pulse of the character himself: Metti una sera a cena, performed by Florinda Bolkan, remains a remarkable leitmotif. Deeply poetized, KONIGSBERG is daringly worth-watching film, with a rare dry humor: a swirling vertigo of the self.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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