The Notes of Anna Azzori / A Mirror that Travels through Time

The Notes of Anna Azzori / A Mirror that Travels through Time
The Notes of Anna Azzori / A Mirror that Travels through Time

With this Italian journey through time, Constanze Ruhm continues her variations of modern cinema´s female characters. In a dual essayistic movement, the artist researches the history of a film’s shooting and uses the found material for an imaginary transcription of a role. Following Godard´s Nana S., she now selects Anna, Roman Cinéma Vérité by Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli, which in the critical gesture of the 1970s, makes the gaze a political issue. Using the archive images and sounds as starting point, Gli appunti di Anna Azzori changes the perspective from which the truth content of the documentary-like staging can be gauged. At the same time, Ovid´s metamorphoses serve as a framework for fathoming the poetic transformational potential of the film´s characters, objects, and locations. Anna was created as a video, from an encounter with an underage, drug-addicted pregnant teen stranded on the Piazza Navona. The participant observers tried to reflexively include the found milieu, however not all of the contradictions could be offset. While Grifi´s montage stylizes a lighting technician who makes an unplanned appearance in front of the camera as an acting subject, Ruhm´s extractions from the editing leftovers highlight Anna´s resistance. The electronic disruptions figure in this as references to the medial transfer and as a marking of the voids. Gli appunti di Anna Azzori is a hijacking of shadowy black-and-white figures to the present. In the computer-game era, the round dance of Anna´s revenants again puts the gaze arrangements from back then to the test. The young actors who show up for the colorful casting form a post-feminist echo chamber in which the slogans of the second women´s movement linger: "... non abbiamo paura" we have no fear!
(Christa Blümlinger)

Orig. Title
Gli appunti di Anna Azzori / Uno specchio che viaggia nel tempo
Austria, Germany, France
72 min
Constanze Ruhm
Essay, Fiction
Orig. Language
italian, german
Constanze Ruhm
Hannes Böck
Gael Segalen
Hannes Böck, Constanze Ruhm
Sebastian Meyer, Theda Schifferdecker, Anna Spanlang, Hannes Böck
Sebastian Meyer
Gemma Vannuzzi
Constanze Ruhm, Gemma Vannuzzi, Judith van der Werff
Constanze Ruhm
Assistant Director
Jessyca R Hauser
Supported by
Bundeskanzleramt, Land Niederösterreich
choral conducting
Florian Paul Ebner
Available Formats
DCP 2K (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
1:1,85 flat
Format of Sound
Dolby 5.1.
Picture Frequency
24 fps
Format of Color
Festivals (Selection)
Berlin - Intern. Filmfestspiele Berlinale - Forum