The conventional objectifying gaze of the cinema has most often been discussed in terms of the (particularly female) human body, with queer or feminist approaches being developed in opposition. Increasingly, however, filmmakers are questioning the gaze in relation to the non-human world – the way we frame and fix animal bodies, and the way we inhabit spaces alongside them. Writer Anat Pick has described as “vegan cinema” the kind of gaze that does not consume but offers a form of “being with”. This is a gentle form of subversion that opens up cinema’s capability for more ethical forms of representation and, by extension, modes of thinking. This program offers an ecocritical approach to subversion and emphasizes contemporary experimental cinema’s growing interest in non-human bodies. Each of the five films presents a unique take on our relationship to nature and the role of cinema in questioning perceptual norms. (KK)
All retrospective films that will be shown at the Filmmuseum after the Viennale - from 1.11. - can of course also be reserved as usual at filmmuseum.at or by calling 01/533 70 54 and purchased at the box office of the Austrian Film Museum. The prices of the Austrian Film Museum apply.