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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine

Fortnight 2005, Short film, 17 min

Synopsis

« The hero of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine is easy to identify. Walking down the street unknowingly, he suddenly realizes that he is not only subject to the gruesome moods of several spectators but also at the mercy of the filmmaker. He defends himself heroically, but is condemned to the gallows, where he dies a filmic death through a tearing of the film itself. Our hero then descends into Hades, the realm of shades. Here, in the underground of cinematography, he encounters innumerable printing instructions, the means whereby the existence of every filmic image is made possible. In other words, our hero encounters the conditions of his own possibility, the conditions of his very existence as a filmic shade. Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine is an attempt to transform a Roman Western into a Greek tragedy. »(Peter Tscherkassky)

Director

Peter Tscherkassky

Born in 1958, Tscherkassky has a PhD. in philosophy. He published Peter Kubelka in 1995 and Film Unframed: A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema in 2012. His films have been honored with more than 50 awards including Golden Gate Award (San Francisco), Main Prize at Oberhausen, and Best Short Film at the Venice.

Music
Dirk Schaefer

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