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The Shadow of Utopia

Im Schatten der Utopie

The Shadow of Utopia is the final instalment of a trilogy by the filmmaker Antoinette Zwirchmayr, in which the memories of three generations of women form the axis of the narrative. What role does the father play, or Brazil, or sensuality and the body? In stylised images, the narrated puzzle pieces find their counterpart. Sometimes it is a dialogue, sometimes the sound follows the images, more often it is the widening gap that enables a look into the past. Puzzle pieces that find one another, are found, by her, by us as viewers. Anything naturalistic, direct or potentially emotional is shifted. A sound layer that sometimes attaches to the images is present, though in principle it acts autonomously.
Then father isn’t there much. The women are alone. They stand at the ocean’s edge and the wind roars. It is a place in which everything is different than it is at home.
In Herrenpartie by Wolfgang Staudte (1964) the women who no longer have men also stand together as a group arrayed against the past. In Staudte’s film they wear black dresses, in mourning. Arranged like pearls in the desert. Strong. In Zwirchmayr’s film black becomes gold. The dresses blow in the wind. Memories fly, some of the women can grasp them – how much truth, whose truth – the wind roars.
‘The third part is not a film about me, but instead about my perceptions in Brazil as a kid, about sexuality, eroticism and fantasies. About a place where everything is better than it is here with us,’ says Antoinette Zwirchmayr. She is among the great independent filmmakers of her generation, who give form to cinematic memory, and let the female body keep its form. Lust. Sensuality. In all its longing – palpable.

by
Antoinette Zwirchmayr

Austria 2017

English

23 min · Colour · 35 mm

Crew

Director
Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Text
Angelika Reitzer
Director of Photography
Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Editing
Hannes Böck, Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Sound Design
Matthias Peyker
Assistant Director
Willy Kristen

Biography

Antoinette Zwirchmayr

Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1989, she lives and works in Vienna and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in the same city. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has received several prizes and scholarships, most recently a grant for film art awarded by the Austrian government.

Filmography (short films)

2014 Der Zuhälter und seine Trophäen (The pimp and his trophies) 2015 Josef – Täterprofil meines Vaters (Josef – my father’s criminal record) · Haus und All (House and Universe) 2016 Venus Delta 2017 Im Schatten der Utopie (The Shadow of Utopia) 2018 Jean Luc Nancy

Produced by

Klara Pollak
Wien, Austria

World sales

Light Cone
Paris, France
+33 1 46590153

lightcone.org/en

Dates

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Antigone; The Shadow of Utopia; Russa; Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off); Solar Walk

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Berlinale Shorts III: Ecstasy of life

The Men Behind the Wall; T.R.A.P; Besida; Wishing Well; The Shadow of Utopia

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Forum Expanded Berlinale Shorts Mix: The mystery of walking the line

City of Tales; Wishing Well; Wa akhiran musiba; We Live in Silence: Chapters 1-7; The Shadow of Utopia

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