Physical poses are set in motion, like in many of Lassnig’s film works. Nudes. Engaged leg, free leg. A wild circular dance of silhouettes, templates and multiplications. And a game involving art historical platitudes to top it all off. Film 6 of the Forum Special programme “Ten Short Films by Maria Lassnig”, which we are showing to complement Anja Salomonowitz’s film Sleeping with a Tiger from the Forum main programme. Maria Lassnig’s cinematic works are exercises in body transformations: Gratifying frictions, lively critiques, wonderful ideas, sometimes hand-drawn and sung by the director herself. Sketches and animation. Ideas about women in relationships are put slyly in motion.

1. Baroque Statues, 1970-74
2. Encounter, 1970
3. Iris, 1971
4. Chairs, 1971
5. Selfportrait, 1971
6. Shapes, 1972
7. Couples, 1972
8. Palmistry, 1974
9. Art Education, 1976
10. The Ballad of Maria Lassnig, co-directed by Hubert Sielecki, 1992
by Maria Lassnig Austria / USA 1972 Without dialogue 10’ Colour


Director Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig

Born in Kappel am Krappfeld in 1919. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1950 international exhibitions and awards. Together with Arnulf Rainer and Oswald Oberhuber founded the informal painting movement in Austria. Lived abroad in Paris (1961–1968) and New York (1968–1980). Member of Women/Artist/ Filmmakers, Inc. New York (1974–1980). 1980–1990 Professor of the Master Class for Experimental Design at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna. Founded the only Austrian teaching studio for animated film in 1982. Maria Lassnig died in Vienna in 2014.

Filmography (selection)

1970 Baroque Statues; short film · Encounter; animation 1971 Iris; short film · Chairs; animation · Selfportrait; animation 1972 Shapes; animation · Couples; animation 1974 Palmistry; animation 1976 Art Education; animation 1992 Maria Lassnig Kantate (The Ballad of Maria Lassnig); co-director: Hubert Sielecki, short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024