You may have already seen Vienna by night, but you've certainly never seen it like in PHAIDROS. The ageing theatre star Werner Maria Strauß has his eye on the young actor Emil. But it seems that Emil's landlord, an Italian costume designer, has beaten him to it. But the object of his desire has completely different plans. And so a disastrous triangular and later polygonal story of power and desire unfolds. In Mattuschka's film (which won an award for best costume and production design at the Diagonale), queer birds of paradise, colourful self-promoters and untamed outsiders find each other and make the dark corners of the city glow. A delightful cinematic pleasure brushed against the grain!
(Florian Widegger / programme folder FAA Vienna)
feature fiction, artist film