There is no need for much dialogue in Great Freedom. Likewise, the music is minimal but significant. What stands out is, first and foremost, a desperate need for love, conveyed to the audience through simple gestures and a well-composed and never excessive direction. At the Viennale 2021.
Divided into three episodes, Antares is a complex and layered fresco of contemporary society. Three stories, three different lifestyles, one setting. Antares does not only tell us about impossible loves, desperate loves, tormented loves and secret love affairs. Antares stages Love as utopia, a constant, desperate need for love that often also leads to a deep sense of loneliness.
A film, You bet your Life, which focuses entirely on the inner self of its protagonist and which, consequently, boasts a highly appropriate direction, with frequent use of shoulder-mounted cameras and frenetic editing to show us his anxieties.
It is bodies dancing lightly and finally free, as well as close-ups of suffering faces or teenage girls attending a swimming lesson that characterise Talea. And Katharina Mückstein’s camera knows perfectly well how to characterise them, making them, on screen, incredibly alive and pulsating.