Most of the time light-hearted, sometimes even rather melancholic, the Wiener Films were intended to depict the splendour of an era and its upper-class society, within which, however, love stories between people of different classes contributed to the drama of the story, or to the creation of funny and enjoyable comedies of errors.
The Romy Awards 2020 ceremony was supposed to take place on April 18, but was later postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet finally, on March 23, 2020, the winners of what is considered one of Austria’s most important film and television awards, established by the Kurier newspaper, were announced.
Spring on Ice, alongside a rather simple and linear screenplay, sees a mise-en-scène that is predominantly theatrical, but also extremely spectacular, colourful and lively, within which elegant figures move in front of the camera, in a series of carefully choreographed performances that successfully create a balanced mixture of modern dance and Viennese waltz.
What immediately impresses in Bojo Beach is the extraordinary calm with which the fishermen carry out their tasks. Their gestures, accompanied by their songs, are reminiscent – especially when they are intent on pulling their nets on the beach – almost of a choreography. And the sound of the water, for its part, conveys even more a sense of extraordinary quiet, of a constant repetition of events.
Reality, the everyday and human bodies take on completely new and unexpected forms in the works of Viennese Actionism. New forms, new colours, disturbing images, animal entrails and organic substances express a new way of rebelling and conceiving art, mocking the consumerist and conservative society and that dangerous latent fascism that, despite the end of the war, still seems to be alive and pulsating.