V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Festivalarchive 98

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BRUCE BAILLIE: PIETÀ

Three images, three colorful longer takes: the black silhouettes of playing children, a dense swarm of birds and a mother breast-feeding her baby, all shot at the last light of day. PIETÀ is a cinematic haiku, whose wonderful and at the same time everyday images seemingly aim to express pure love of life and the world, while bathing everything in a deeply melancholic mood. Baillie’s images may easily appear cliché-ridden to us. Yet it is especially the naivety and vulnerability of such visual emblems that raises silent hope that they are (not only as spots) still possible in cinema today.

 

BRUCE BAILLIE: PIETÀ

USA/Austria, 1998, 1 minute
Super VHS (transferred to 35mm)/
1.66:1/color
Direction, cinematography, editing:
Bruce Baillie
Music: Gustav Mahler

Sujet

Sujet der Viennale 1998
concept and realisation: Perndl Büro für Grafik
© Viennale

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