Beauty and the Beast

The consequent presentation of "natural birth" in the urban jungle using waste paper. "Die Welt" serves as an aseptic sheet, an ATARI-box as a dressing table ... The child (beauty) in the belly and later in the claws of the beast (mother). The mother tries to add some occidental sense of culture to the mother´s milk. She plays, sings and dances. The astonished child sends lallophonic signals to the extra-terrestrials.

(Mara Mattuschka)


"... autobiographical notes about bringing up children. A birth, the bite in the umbilical cord, a baby between sheets of music. Mimi fiddles educationally on a violine without strings, offers her breast and enjoys the little king with an improvised hysterical performance, and suddenly starts with dadaistic oracles, letting the blead dance and carrying the child out into big wide world."

(Stefan Grissemann)

Orig. Title
Der Schöne, die Biest
Year
1993
Country
Austria
Duration
10 min
Director
Mara Mattuschka
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
Credits
Director
Mara Mattuschka
Script
Mara Mattuschka
Cinematography
Ulla Barthold
Editing
Mara Mattuschka
Sound
Mara Mattuschka
Actor/Actress
Mimi Minus, Max Minus
Production Manager
Ulrike Zimmermann
Available Formats
16 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
DCP 2K flat
Aspect Ratio
1:1,33
Sound Format
stereo
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
1995
Arnheim - AVE - International Audio Visual Experimental Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
2004
Pesaro - Film Festival