CRASH SITE / My_Never_Ending_Burial_Plot

In the first of the three acts of CRASH SITE, suddenly—and inconveniently—the mobile phone rings: Jean-Luc is on the line and asks for Anne-Marie. The caller is told, irritated, in slightly broken French, "“She´’s not here",” and “"Leave me alone".” It is easy to see that hiding behind the two first names are Miéville and her husband, Godard. CRASH SITE deals, not least, with the sixth part of a series in which Constanze Ruhm confronts iconic women characters from modern cinema. However, punctuating this short, very humorous sequence is the construction of the film’s fabric, which is based on cultural knowledge, omissions, shifts, and ultimately, transgressions. A variety of relationship conflicts deliver a loose narrative structure, whereby discourses on death, identity, economy, and love are continually discernible. There is no causal story in the conventional sense; as one of the film characters, falling out of her role, as it were, records a formal gesture that, so to speak, shapes the entire film: “They were digging for the story, but only hit upon the ideas of others.”

Meeting concretely are the following apparitions or revenants of film history: Hari (Solaris, Andrej Tarkovsky), Giuliana alias Julian (Il Deserto Rosso, Michelangelo Antonioni), and Nana (Vivre sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard). Along with quotations of their roles, also stylistic and auditory elements of the reference material find their way into the film. But with Ruhm, the characters, or rather, their descriptions, do not appear as pure reference elements, but instead, they are in the best sense of the word debased, and continued with the help of stylistic means from, for example, musicals, slapstick, Mangas, and computer language. The reference instead mutates to a gesture of reverence, an affective dedication that is enhanced with contemporary aspects, including biographical ones. Driven by cinematic figures, Ruhm creates a fascinating, attractive, theatrical film space in word, sound, and image, which at the same time serves as a performance stage for three outstanding actors.
(Dietmar Schwärzler)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

The film is the sixth episode in the serial-based project X Characters, which revolves around the attempt to update the identities of iconic female film characters. A new version of Hari of Andrej Tarkovsky´s Solaris encounters two other undead from film history: Godard´s Nana and Antonionis´ Giuliana who, following a sex change, has now become Julian. Lost in an abandoned forest clearing, the three characters attempt to close with their past: to "find their end", to "bury history", to kill themselves, to beat each other to death. The plot is organised around a burial that never comes to a close and so becomes an endless burial loop. The three characters are captured again and again in a present that repeats in variations. (production notice)

Orig. Title
CRASH SITE / My_Never_Ending_Burial_Plot
Austria, Germany
69 min
Constanze Ruhm
Orig. Language
Constanze Ruhm
Constanze Ruhm
Dirk Lütter
Camera Assistant
Lukas Heistinger, Eduardo Lopes
Ekkehard Ehlers
Constanze Ruhm
Titus Maderlechner
Christine Lang
Sound Assistant
Stephan Koethe
Werner Dafeldecker, Eva Reiter
Titus Maderlechner
Dramaturgical Advisor
Sebastian Huber, Fareed Armaly
Special Effects
Alice Durst
Lukas Heistinger, Julia Lazarus, Matthias Herrmann
Irina Kastrinidis, Judith van der Werff, Dominic Oley, Gudrun Gut, Erika Hasselberg, Dana Bieler
Maia Fleur
Felicitas Mueller
Art Direction
Judith Rudolf
Mathias Becker
Zarra Kostuem, Simone Simon, Regina Moeller
Dana Bieler
Executive Producer
Constanze Ruhm
Production Manager
Kerstin Brandes
Assistant Director
Christine Lang
Nico Ihlein, Sabine Balzer
Supported by
Land Niederösterreich, Wien Kultur, bm:ukk, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Original Format)
Festivals (Selection)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Berlin - Int. Filmfestspiele Berlinale - Forum Expanded
Wroclaw - New Horizons Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival