The cinema cycles FEMME SESSIONS return to Avenida Café-Concerto on March 11th, with the BRIGHT SPOTS & PUSHING BOUNDARIES project with the latest animations by the hands of Austrian artists.
In its international cultural work, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs attaches great importance to the role of women in art and society. The Section for Cultural Relations Abroad and the International Tricky Women Festival in Vienna have been cooperating successfully for a number of years, presenting the animated films of Austrian women artists or women artists living in Austria abroad. The Tricky Women film program comprises works of various techniques by already established and internationally recognized women artists as well as by up-and-coming young animation filmmakers—our “rising stars”. What is particularly remarkable about the films is how well the artists succeed in briefly and succinctly summarizing socio-politically important topics. The title of the program, “Bright Spots & Pushing Boundaries” already indicates the artistic orientation of the animated films.
The two previous programs have already traveled to 23 countries and we hope that many new destinations will be added and that women‘s films will become even more visible.
The Femme Sessions are thematic cycles in which the common denominator is films directed by women. The objective is to give visibility to the work of women in the film industry, through the projection of their works and, whenever possible, their presence in the sessions, promoting the encounter between the public and the authors.
YOU ARE STILL THERE
Austria | 04’16’’ | Animation | 2017
Director: Ingrid Gaier
A visualization of a poem by Rose Ausländer that encourages the reader to embrace life. Mrs. Pribil died at the age of 86 in the apartment shown in the film; right until the end only her husband’s name was indicated on the door plate, even though she survived him by many years.
GERDA WUNSCH – THE STORY OF MY GRANDMOTHER AS A PERSECUTED JEW IN THE WORLD WAR II
Austria | 06’12’’ | Animation | 2016
Director: Bernadette Moser, Barbara Ecker
Little Gerda only had a few happy years with her family before the Nazis came in 1938.
SOLAR MECHANIX 1.1
Austria | 03’28’’ | Animation | 2018
Director: Martina Tritthart
The film „solar mechanix 1.1“ is a variation of “solar mechanix”, an ongoing project about the processing of images comprising phenomenons of direct glare and reflections. These images are transformed, applying the essence of the representing pictures in an interplay of light and colour. The light phenomenons turn into sensual geometric objects that interact with the sound track. (Sound by Holger Lang.)
Austria | 02’33’’ | Animation | 2018
Director: Amelie Schlöglhofer
A unique story about self-optimization and the struggle with it. Delicate and thoughtful, it explores daily life and surreality with a delightful sense of humor.
Austria | 06’52’’ | Animation | 2018
Director: Eni Brandner
Me-Log is a reflection on artificial and medial identities that we create of ourselves – how these exaggerated images manipulate our consciousness and influence the perception of ourselves and others. Current technologies such as Motion Capture, Face Recognition and Artificial Intelligence are used to open up a critical view and look behind the surface of the image.
FLY US TO THE MOONS
Austria | 05’35’’ | Animation | 2017
“Fly us to the moons” is a digitally animated work by LIA with accompanying sound by Damian Stewart. A swarm of forms, reminiscent of alien spaceships or mechanical bats, are suspended in space. Their sweeping movements create layered patterns of smooth curves, jagged edges and digital noise.
THE WET HAIR
Austria | 08’00’’ | Animation | 2015
Director: Rebecca Akoun
Sophie wants to have curls like her friend Camille, so she steps into the rain, even though her mother forbade her to go outside. Soon Sophie is completely wet and gets severely punished.
Austria | 05’00’’ | Animation | 2017
Director: Evelyn Kreinecker
People are walking: day by day, by choice or by necessity, seeking happiness, finding uncertainty. Where should – can – must we go?
MUYBRIDGE’S DISOBEDIENT HORSES
Austria | 04’30’’ | Animation | 2018
Director: Anna Vasof
Muybridge’s Disobedient Horses investigates where we can find the essence of cinematic illusion when we look into everyday life and what happens when we use everyday situations, objects, spaces and actions as cinematographic mechanisms.
HOW TO ADAPT
Austria | 01’25’’ | Animation | 2017
Director: Maria Chalela
These are the rules about how to adapt as a human to the contemporary world.
Austria | 07’26’’ | Animation | 2017
Director: Daniela Leitner
An elderly couple seems to have lost their affection for one another. After falling asleep on the beach one day, something incredible happens that rekindles their long lost romantic feelings.
GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
Austria | 03’16’’ | Animation | 2017
Director: Marlene Heidinger, Maité Kalita, Silvia Knödlstorfer, Ji-yoon Lee, Esther Martens, Andreas Neudecker, Sebastian Doringer, Lucia de Quiqueran-Beaujeu, Amelie Schlöglhofer
Made by nine students from the Painting and Animation class of the University of Applied Arts Vienna for the 150th anniversary of the institution, the film deals with the possible future of young artists, or even young people in general.