Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch

Breaking the large and symmetrical with the small and singular; and vice versa—a principle continually applied in Josef Dabernig’s art. Here, too, in the film Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch, which as a whole, can be interpreted as an allegory of the world’s (impossible to end) bipolarity. Large and small are embodied at first by parents (played by Dabernig’s son and daughter) and two small boys (one of them, Dabernig’s grandson), who check into a seemingly abandoned, somewhat run-down park hotel named Flóra (“played” by the eponymous complex in Bratislava’s Zlaté Piesky recreational area). Entirely true to his film’s wink-of-an-eye principle of family, Dabernig himself is there behind the reception desk and lets himself show, with exaggerated gestures, that he is shocked by the children’s gentle war games. But in the parallel montages that follow, the war, furthermore, the “cold” war or what is left of it as reminisces, takes on extremely unexpected features. While the adults switch on their laptops without exchanging a word in the sparse hotel room, and prepare for a simulated rocket start, the boys run around aimlessly in the expansive park grounds. Dressed as astronauts (or, rather, cosmonauts), they play with homemade rockets and flying objects. While this is going on, the camera’s gaze continuously turns searchingly skyward. Added to that are the sounds, likewise set parallel, of two earthy pieces by the Kattowitz hip hop group Kaliber 44: one assigned to the adults, one the kids. Only once does a camera pan combine inside and outside spaces, and while the analogue children’s game ends outdoors under a huge rocket-like pipe, the adults become lost in the digital orbit of their outer-space mission (playing out on the screen). Meanwhile, the electronic sci-fi sounds continue to bleep spiritedly. The refraction of two spheres falling into one another, yet somehow linked: charged to the full.
(Christian Höller)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch
Year
2015
Country
Austria
Duration
10 min
Director
Josef Dabernig
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Josef Dabernig
Concept & Realization
Josef Dabernig
Cinematography
Christian Giesser
Sound Design
Michael Palm
Actor/Actress
Isabella Hollauf, Kathrin Rhomberg, Josef Dabernig, Anna Dabernig, Otto Dabernig, Josef Dabernig jun., Xaver Rhomberg
Supported by
Innovative Film Austria, ORF-Innovationstopf
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
2015
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Edinburgh - International Film Festival
Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
Villach, Udine, Ljubljana - K3 Short Film Festival
2016
Paris - Rencontres International Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Riga Film Festival