PARA:DIES

In its first shot, PARA:DIES gives us a glimpse of the gleaming white facade of a chic Salzburg single-family house with a garden. In this house live Jasmin and Lee – oddly, somehow settled and yet only temporarily – who are sitting next to each other on a white couch and talking about their first date. The coquettish shyness in front of the camera, the rapid change between introverted and extroverted speech, and the “seriously cringe” mood of the opening minutes at first convincingly conceal the fact that this apparent documentary is actually a feature film by (and with) Elena Wolff and Julia Windischbauer.  

In their conversations together and one-on-one with the “filmmaker” (Melanie Sidhu), Jasmin and Lee gradually reveal themselves through their individual dreams, fears, and traumas, through which the micro-power relations in the “relashe” are also revealed. The relationship between the two is challenged by the gaze of the third party, and the shifts at the level of the regime of gaze lead to a shift in desire and the structure of the relationships. The question of authorship as well as the position of the gaze is held in tension throughout the film – and which is all the more unresolved by the late entry of the “filmmaker” into the filmic image.  

PARA:DIES is embarrassing, painful, fun and, along the way, shows a fairly complex, psychologically subtly drawn queer relationship that has rarely been seen in (Austrian) cinema. (Nicole Kandioler

Translation: John Wojtowicz


Jasmin and Lee move back to Anif in the countryside of Salzburg. Documentary filmmaker Amira accompanies them and films their relationship, gradually becoming part of a complicated three-way constellation. The feature film debut PARA:DIES is a smart docufiction and an outstandingly acted work about queer self-conception and forging of identity in times of obligatory self-expression and self-exploitation. (Diagonale)

Trailer
Orig. Title
PARA:DIES
Year
2022
Country
Austria
Duration
76 min
Director
Elena Wolff
Category
feature fiction
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
Downloads
PARA:DIES 01 (Image)
PARA:DIES 02 (Image)
PARA:DIES 03 (Image)
Credits
Director
Elena Wolff
A film by
Julia Windischbauer, Elena Wolff
Script
Elena Wolff
Cinematography
Vivian Bausch, Ella Knorz
Music
SALÓ, Annika Stein, KUOKO
Editing
Julia Windischbauer
Sound Design
Lukas Benedicic
Actor/Actress
Elena Wolff, Julia Windischbauer, Selina Graf, Melani Sidhu
Production
Julia Windischbauer
Supported by
Wien Kultur MA 7
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2022
München - Queer Film Festival
Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST YOUNG ACTRESS)
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Best acting)