Country Living

The documentary Country Living shows pictures and sounds of the daily life of a village community in Tirol. Spare, concentrated observations without commentary, evenly registered by a fixed camera. Views of the location are clearly structured, each scene separated from the next by a fade out. Eleven moments from provincial Austria. The material itself was shot in the years from 1970 to 1973, (by the then 25 year-old Christian Berger), capturing his home village Ampass and the surrounding area and was motivated by the daily disillusion he felt as a young TV cameraman. Twenty years later, during a cutting room clean-up he re-discovered the forgotten and essentially already structured material. The decision to have a copy for the cinema made was only the last step in a long process. What differentiates Country Living from similar works is the radical simplicity of its relationship to the documentary form - it is not a thematic illustration, rather the pictures and sounds stand for themselves; neither topicality nor sensationalism stand in the foreground but rather knowledge of and relationship to what is shown. Thus Country Living shows how branches are cut from the trees, how water washes over the street on a rainy day, how two little girls play out a fairy tale in the living room. And one hears the monotonous hammering of the ubiquitous housebuilders, the heavy bells after the "Sermon on the Mount" and the dancing rhythmn of a cement mixer. Country Living is a sound film in the literal sense: a virtuoso choreography of visual awareness, a film for all senses. (Constantin Wulff)

Orig. Title
Landleben
Year
1995
Country
Austria
Duration
18 min
Director
Christian Berger
Category
Short film
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
Downloads
Country Living (Image)
Credits
Director
Christian Berger
Cinematography
Christian Berger
Editing
Christian Berger
Sound
Werner Fürst
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Original Format)
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
35 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1995
Salzburg - Diagonale - Festival des Österreichischen Films
1996
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
1998
Leeuwarden/NL - Noordelijk Film Festival