Carmen

Carmen
Carmen

A documentary about the wondrous passion of Carmen Martinek, who takes movie theaters as her lovers. (Anja Salomonowitz) "Sometimes I think that the cinema understands me."(Carmen Dido Martinek)
She sees herself as being involved in a libidinous relationship with the cinema. Carmen does a little of everything at ViennaŽs Schikaneder cinema: She cleans and caresses it, and runs the projector. She strokes its seats and even sleeps there after long nights at the bar. It is, she admits, just like being with a person you couldnŽt live without. Anja Salomonowitz made a quiet little film about Carmen, observing her as she moves through the empty theater, as she puts in only brief appearances at home and immediately returns to the base station. After being forced to watch as her last theater was transformed into a supermarket, Carmen considers movie theaters to be erotic but also endangered environments. A person like Carmen is, for no better reason than such stories, the perfect star of a movie, and therefore it has the same name as she does: Carmen; 23 minutes of documentary film, subtle and full of nuances. (Stefan Grissemann)

Orig. Title
Carmen
Year
1999
Country
Austria
Duration
23 min
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
german
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Credits
Director
Anja Salomonowitz
Cinematography
Hannes Anderwald
Music
Samir Zeciri, Helmut Kahlert
Editing
Gregor Wille, Anja Salomonowitz
Lighting
Thomas Kiennast
Production
Anja Salomonowitz
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1999
München - Internationales Festival der Filmhochschulen
2000
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Tel Aviv - Int. Studentenfilmfestival
Köln - feminale - Int. Frauenfilmfestival
Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
2001
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage