A night shooting in Vienna, in a town that seems deserted after an unknown attack, comes to be a strange choreography where the human body becomes part of the urban architecture. Screened in Amsterdam IDFA, Tampere, Basel, Dresda etc, BODY TRAIL is based on a performance which took place in Vienna, when sculptures made of human bodies were placed on the city streets. This many-layered urban intervention, alternating between surreal humor and dark visions of terrorist acts, is transformed, by MICHAEL PALM and WILLI DORNER, in a very special cinematic experience.
Director: MICHAEL PALM, WILLI DORNER
With the support of:
Cinematography: MARTIN PUTZ, JOHANNES HAMMEL
Editing: MICHAEL PALM
Sound: HJALTI BAGER-JONATHANSSON
Production: INNOVATIVE FILM AUSTRIA
BRIGITTA BURGER-UTZER - MANAGING DIRECTOR
+43/1/526 09 90
Director's contact: michael[dot]palm[at]inode[dot]at, office[at]ciewdorner[dot]at
MICHAEL PALM is a filmmaker, editor, film composer and theoretician. He publishes on the theory and aesthetics of film and lectures at the University of Vienna. His films include SEA CONCRETE HUMAN, SIM MOVIE - TRAILER FÜR DIE DIAGONALE 03, EDGAR G. ULMER - THE MAN OFF - MOZART SELLS. WILLI DORNER is a famous Viennese choreographer, keen on creating events that give the audience the opportunity for new experiences, insights and a different perception of every day’s life. His work was presented at international venues such as Springdance NL, Kampnagel Hamburg, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.
IDFA Amsterdam 2009 / Tampere 2010 / Regensburg 2010 / Kiev Molodist 2010 / Amsterdam IDFA 2009 / Oslo Eurodoc 2010 / Miami 2010 / Basel 2010 / Kiev 2011 / Split Croatia 2011 / Athens 2010 / Dresden 2010 / Istanbul ISFF 2010 / Zürich 2010 etc.
"We see the body as tool for experiencing spatial dimensions. Body sculptures, which change and adapt to the environment, create new perspectives and insights into architecture and the city - a conceptual filling of empty urban spaces. The experimental short film BODY TRAIL is based on an outdoor performance which took place in Vienna in October 2007." (MICHAEL PALM & WILLI DORNER)
"Walter Benjamin once remarked about photographer Eugène Atget that his pictures of an empty fin de siècle Paris looked like crime scenes. BODY TRAIL (...) plays with this eeriness produced by long static shots of empty building entrances, billboards torn down, parks at night and desolate telephone booths. (...) At first the disordered bodies suggest victims of urban terrorism. In fast intercuts people run through Vienna at night, their faces captured in freeze frames as if a surveillance camera were on the hunt. But what seems to be a city as a crime scene at night turns out to be a tableau created by the choreographer WILLI DORNER, who adds to the urban space a group of dancers as human sculptures.(...) Dorner´s many-layered urban intervention alternates between surreal humor and dark visions of terrorist acts." (Alexandra Seibel)