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Image of movie Vista Mare
Image of movie Vista Mare

Vista Mare

Florian Kofler, Julia Gutweniger
Austria, Italy 2023
80 min
OV w/ GER subtitles & OV w/ EN subtitles

Vista mare—“sea view”; it’s a phrase almost as resonant as la dolce vita. For most people, it evokes the lazy pleasures of a summer vacation on the Italian coast. But Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler shift the perspective, revealing another reality that is usually kept invisible—or rather hidden in plain sight.

The film spans a full tourist season on Italy’s northern Adriatic, from the moment bulldozers arrive to refill the eroded beaches with sand, to the umbrellas and deckchairs packed up again for the winter; as such, VISTA MARE could almost serve as a non-fiction complement to Ulrich Seidl’s RIMINI, whose narrative takes place during the remaining months of the year. In a montage of mostly static, meticulously composed shots, we observe the myriad forms of labour that sustain the holidaymakers’ R & R: life guards keep a lookout, housekeeping staff clean rooms and kitchen staff prepare meals, a fitness instructor leads a class, a hawker haggles with sunbathers. Eschewing both sentimentalism and caricature, the filmmakers gradually compose a portrait of an immense, well-oiled human machinery whose surrealism is all the more affecting for being treated as self-evident. (Giovanni Marchini Camia)

In the presence of Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler.
The conversation on the 26th of October will be sign interpreted. More info here.

Julia Gutweniger, Florian Kofler: AUGUST/SEPTEMBER (2011, K) PFITSCHER (2013), BRENNERO/BRENNER (2016), SICHERHEIT123 (2019)

  • Julia Gutweniger
  • Florian Kofler
  • Julia Gutweniger
  • Florian Kofler
  • Julia Gutweniger
  • Florian Kofler
  • Gabriela Gordillo
Eutopiafilm, Albolina Film


Thu 26 Oct
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OV w/ GER subtitles
Sun 29 Oct
Metro, Historischer Saal
OV w/ EN subtitles
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