Magical snapshots captured in uncut takes: In three short films, documentary filmmaker Peter Roehsler captures the everyday summer-time life of people and places in their wondrous momentariness. Three miniatures of life presented as inquisitive observations of incidental matters.

In A Window Is A Mirror Is A Window we peer out at the street through the window of a ground floor apartment. A child looks back, but doesn´t see us. The windowpane turns into a mirror in which the child first adjusts his hair and then his cap. When he suddenly disappears downward, out of the picture, the camera´s gaze follows the child who is now squatting on the floor, waiting. Then a woman´s legs, a dog on a leash - the child is gone.

A motionless long shot shows us the nearly deserted field at a public swimming pool: in the foreground are small, colorfully painted seating arrangements, behind them, lounge chairs, trees, a restaurant. Isolated figures, so small as to be unrecognizable, move in the back of the image. A harmonious melody sounds, then a voice from the loudspeaker: “It´s that time again; the day at the pool has come to an end.” Half an hour left to change; the pool is now closed for swimming: Badeschluss. The last towels are folded; an older couple walks calmly through the picture, on their way home.

Men In Love. A beach. The ocean, a group of tourists: a vacation tableau. Two men in bathing suits, one holds a camera and takes a photo of something that remains hidden from us in this sequence shot. The positions then change and it seems as though the one man is taking a photo of the other whose pose could also be meant for others. The photo is taken; the men press their heads together to look at it. On the soundtrack: O Sole Mio (in German)—my sun. (Toby Ashraf)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
12 min
Peter Roehsler
Orig. Language
not specified
Summer (Image)
Summer (Image)
Summer (Image)
Peter Roehsler
Concept & Realization
Peter Roehsler
in collaboration with
Hanne Lassl
Supported by
BKA. Kunst
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264)
DCP 2K flat
Sound Format
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
München - UnderDox, Festival für Dokument und Experiment