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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 18:00
Written by: 
Gerhard Treml
Eike Zuleeg
Gerhard Treml, Leo Calice
Ronit Kirchmann, Gerhard Treml, Leo Calice
Max Schneider
Gerhard Treml
O.N.L.S.D (The Office for Landscape Design), The University of Applied Arts Vienna, The Austrian Science Fund
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

Metaphorically turning their backs on stereotypes of form and narrative and focusing their attention - and camera - on the ‘gloomier’ side of California, Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice distance themselves from more prudent ways of approaching this American territory in cinema. The three stories feature characters who have moved to the desert to escape the anxieties inflicted by an increasingly disturbing society. The schizophrenic shaman of native Indian background, the mother worried sick about the danger of her daughter's falling victim to pedophiles, and the woman who runs a wormfarm and claims to lead a self-sufficient life, are depicted in minimalist scenes shot in disconcerting static bird’s eye view while their stories are spoken in voice-overs of tranquil tone but troubling content. The authors have chosen a most improbable angle for the shooting and telling of profound human stories with a unique blend of intimacy and distance. (Ioana Florescu, BIEFF 2017)

Gerhard Treml & Leo Calice

Gerhard Treml (b. 1963) is an American/Austrian artist based in Vienna. His practice explores narrative strategies in order to appropriate, investigate, and reconfigure spatial relations basic to our construction of reality. Leopold Calice (b. 1980) studied Landscape Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is interested in ephemeral interventions allowing for a new interpretation of places and the creation of (imaginative) spaces.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Grand Prix Lab Competition - Festival International du Court Métrage Clermont-Ferrand 2016
  • Special Mention by EXPLORA & CAMIRA Jury - Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela 2016
  • Film Critic´s Award and Audience Award - 25FPS Film & Video Festival, Zagreb 2015
  • Local Artists Award - Crossing Europe Linz 2015
  • Jury Prize - International Short Film Festival Busan 2015
  • Erste Bank MEHRWERTPREIS for Shorts Award - Viennale 2014
Director's statement:
Our preparatory research for the movie production claimed that the perception and use of landscapes are widely determined by the stories enacted in them. So we tested this by immersing in a landscape that was already quite prominent for its iconic stories about the Wild West, the new frontier or the land of opportunity. Within the powerful influence of the Western world these myths have long become part of global industries of film, advertising, tourism, and tightly connected to ideas of freedom and wilderness. So we wanted [...] to take a closer look at the actual lives of people who live there to eventually paint a portrait of the landscape based on their stories. [...] There were several reasons to choose the desert. First of all it is a landscape icon within Hollywood’s film industry that has become exemplary for the increasing influence of the medium film on the design of human landscape-relations. And then the desert also has a long standing tradition as a hotbed for counter-culture-communities exploring the critical potentials of the narrative approaches to uncover hierarchies in the governance of the land, undo mythologies and hegemonic language or to question dominant power relations. (Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice, interview published by Deutsches Haus: The Stories Inside)