Home Movies

Mon May 1, 2017, 19:00 h
Metro Kinokulturhaus

Due to their subjective view of reality, which consists of fragments of ordinary life, home movies sometimes provide an astonishing insight into social and political contexts. For over 20 years, Henry Hills collected fleeting moments of his holidays in the log cabin, his family and friends. Judith Zdesar gives a video camera to young soldiers on Burgenland's border so that they can film themselves during their absurd deployment. The readymade and found object by Christoph Weihrich depicts the cheerful afternoon of a wealthy family on the day the Hitlers troops marched in. In his proven form, Robert Frank develops a fragmentary self-portrait. The transitions between his artistic and private self are fluid. (bbu)


After 25 years of mediation work, sixpackfilm's collection brings together a rich selection of all genres, represented by more than 1,500 cinematic works that call out to be shown regularly in Vienna in various contexts. One focus of our collection is on the classics of Austrian experimental film, almost all of which are represented. Many of the historical works are now part of the canon of international film or art history and have a permanent place in international cinemas and museums. The reopening of the Metro Kinokulturhaus and the intimate atmosphere of the Eric Pleskow Hall inspired sixpackfilm to enter into this long-term co-operation with the Filmarchiv Austria.

Short fiction films, avant-garde films, animations, cinematic essays, documentaries and much more that oscillates between these categories will be brought together in individual programmes in the Living Collection sixpackfilm series, not neatly separated according to the usual categorisations. Rather, the focus is on the search for thematic connections, developments, different perspectives and connecting lines, sometimes also in the context of international filmmaking.

Historical and contemporary "classics" meet works by filmmakers who have not yet or no longer received the attention they deserve Socio-political, social and aesthetic issues interact with purely formal experiments. Radical or actionist performances are combined with surreal stories, commissioned works for trailers or TV with abstract beauties. A lively montage, not a fixed history of masterpieces. The unifying element in all the films and videos is their unmistakable, idiosyncratic visual grammar. When we offer a personal screening of works by a filmmaker, a mediating discussion with the artist will bring their themes and cinematic realisation closer to the audience. Otherwise, the film event is accompanied by a short introduction on the first Monday of every month. 

(Brigitta Burger-Utzer)

Porter Springs 4 (Henry Hills,US 1999, 16mm, 15 min.)
Bilder aus dem Tagebuch eines Wartenden (Judith Zdesar, AT 2007, video, 23 min.)
14. März 1938 – Ein Nachmittag (Christoph Weihrich, AT 1938-2008, 16mm, 10 min.)
True Story (Robert Frank,AT 2004, video, 26 min.) 

Programm und Einführung Brigitta Burger-Utzer

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