Month: August 2021

APPLESAUCE

Applesauce poses many complex questions, yet at the same time stands out for its lightness, its cheerfulness, its simplicity. Divided into four parts – with equal number of frames – this little, delicate short film by Alexander Gratzer is characterised by a minimalist aesthetic with two-dimensional drawings in pastel colours that remind us so much of French animation cinema.

THE TRAPP FAMILY IN AMERICA

Compared to The Trapp Family, one almost gets the impression that The Trapp Family in America works almost on autopilot. What was successful in the first film is almost faithfully re-presented here. The music moves, but not as much as it should, and similarly, the numerous flashbacks that refer back to the 1956 feature film come across as excessively contrived.

WHORES’ GLORY

A great melancholy and a deep sense of loneliness pervade Whores’ Glory. A multifaceted, colourful, but also incredibly touching and painful documentary. Not one, but many stories that only the attentive and sensitive gaze of Michael Glawogger could have told so well.

HIS BAG

Film and painting coexist in harmony in His Bag. Peter Patzak appears in front of the camera and becomes the main actor. Everything he sees becomes precious and fundamental material. And so this delightful little short film immediately turns out to be a true declaration of love to art in all its forms.

BUT BEAUTIFUL

In But Beautiful, the starting point is a discourse that is more topical than ever: respect for the planet, the status of women and the urgent need to find oneself in a world where interpersonal contacts seem to be more and more superficial, as we all tend to become more and more individualistic. Winner of the Audience Award at the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021.

THE TRAPP FAMILY

The Trapp Family, while suffering from an overly famous, spectacular and almost ‘cumbersome’ remake, undoubtedly has a well-defined personality. And despite having – obviously – many similarities with The Sound of Music (especially with regard to some of the dialogue), it turns out to be a little gem to be discovered.