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BLIND DATE

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by Jan Soldat

grade: 7.5

Blind Date immediately stands out not only for its extremely direct and realistic approach, but also for a kind of deep melancholy, which, together with a welcome touch of irony, results in a work that actually shows us the brief story of two solitudes. At the Viennale 2022.

An ordinary day

A small flat. A man living alone. A blind date. A little fragment of everyday life has once again been filmed by Jan Soldat’s camera. The result is another short, precious documentary capable of capturing brief moments of intimacy in a totally sensitive way, albeit without any filter. Blind Date, Soldat’s newest film, was thus premiered in Austria on the occasion of the Viennale 2022. And here again, we are faced with an extremely realistic work, which stands out above all for its grace and delicacy.

One flat, two protagonists. A tall, thin man waits impatiently for a visitor. He wonders if the person who is going to visit him might have trouble finding his street number. Then, suddenly, someone arrives: it is a not very tall and rather stout man. After introducing themselves, the two have sexual intercourse, which is filmed by Jan Soldat’s camera from different perspectives. A brief chat and then it is time for the guest to go home.

Blind Date, then, is the chronicle of a brief encounter. The chronicle of an apparently ordinary afternoon, in which two perfect strangers share a moment of intimacy without knowing whether they will meet again in the future. Jan Soldat immediately shows himself close to his protagonists without ever being intrusive or judging them. His camera is constantly static and, each time, focuses now on the two men, now on the empty rooms of the flat. The sexual relationship between the two protagonists is filmed directly and without any filter, except for brief moments when the camera observes the scene from behind a half-open door.

This short and precious Blind Date immediately stands out not only for its extremely direct and realistic approach, but also for a sort of deep melancholy, which, together with a welcome touch of irony (as happens, for instance, when one of the two men, before leaving, greets first the host and then Jan Soldat himself, telling him that, should they ever meet again, it would be nice if he too joined them) gives life to a work that shows us first and foremost the short story of two lonelinesses.

The two protagonists seem to have nothing in common. While the host seems very comfortable and content to live alone, his guest seems, in reality, decidedly in need of love. And in this interesting Blind Date we are given a sincere portrait of their humanity. The encounter between the two men is quite brief. Before it gets dark, it is time to go home. What will remain of this special afternoon? The second man, as he leaves, turns several times to say goodbye while looking towards the camera. Almost as if he wants this day to never end.

Original title: Blind Date
Directed by: Jan Soldat
Country/year: Austria, Germany / 2022
Running time: 12’
Genre: documentary
Screenplay: Jan Soldat
Cinematography: Jan Soldat
Produced by: Jan Soldat

Info: the page of Blind Date on the website of the Viennale; the page of Blind Date on the website of Jan Soldat