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I, Wretched Man

Panorama | Vanguard

"Tell me what you see." This first line from Off Season, which follows a vacationing couple in Palermo, speaks to the issues at the heart of these formally disparate films: perception, and its counterpart, delusion. Subject to Review, an examination of tennis’ video review system, and Ich Armer Mensch, a rendering of Bach’s Cantata No. 55, are the other inclusions - certainly wonderful on their own, but even more scintillating as tacit connections emerge between these remarkable works of art.

Subject to Review

Director: Theo Anthony / USA, 2019, 37 min.
Theo Anthony’s follow-up to VIFF 16’s Rat Film is the hilarious, mind-bending theoretical treatise on professional tennis’ Hawkeye video review system you never knew you needed. Taking you inside the software, showing it in action, and revealing the cracks in its veneer of objectivity, Subject to Review not only essays how this technology will change the world of sport, but also examines how the assumptions that go into its making, if applied more widely, could have impacts far beyond the court. more...

Ich Armer Mensch - I, Wretched Man

Director: Bastian Wilplinger / Austria, 2019, 18 min.
A man, caught in a vicious cycle of self-accusation and self-pity, tries to find relief by surrendering to a higher entity. Swiss tenor August Schram performs an operatic staging of Bach’s Cantata No. 55, augmented by the ancient tradition of Kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage, which provides an additional layer of open-ended symbolism to this mesmerizing piece. more...

Off Season

Director: Henning Beckhoff / Germany, 2019, 43 min.
A few months before Judith gives birth to her first child, her boyfriend Gregor plans an impromptu holiday to Palermo. But, it being winter, the hotel is eerily empty and offers little in the way of distractions. As the couple are left to their own devices at a moment when their future hangs in the balance, a decisive power struggle ensues… more...
Director Various
Country of Origin: USA/Austria/Germany
Year: 2019
Running Time: 98 mins
Language:In German


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