Broken Time / 16 mm blow up to 35 mm / 2011 / Sound / 1:00 min

Like Jeanne d'Arc in front of the scaffold, clueless. Finally, a fight, they
come to get her, the 
redeeming handshake. Out of the hands, on the hands, that’s how you can read broken time: 
because something is eliminated, combed, scratched and lovely caressed. Perhaps the velvet 
glove is the connecting through time. For an alliance it´s taken off. Something is sealed: memory
and dream play off against each other, the best fighter will be adopted. And ultimately it burns to 
ashes, the famous story, it was all a dream. Maybe she was the boy that she kissed, at least she 
resembles him. The image section and traces on the material are covering the secret. Serious men
come up to exterminate her. "Deform Your Dreams" as the only liberation.

(Text: Jan Zischka)

Best Experimentalfilm, Jury Statement Backup Filmfestival 2012:
„The best experimental film is „Broken time“, directed by Johannes Gierlinger. We 
like the nostalgic approach to the avandgarde. This means the dialogic inside the 
cinematographic lanuage. The director works in 4 physical ways with sound and images.“

Cinema Next
„DEFORM YOUR DREAMS“ ist auf einem Filmkader in Broken Time zu lesen. Die Deformation der 
Träume geht einher mit der Derformation der Filmspur. Es verschmelzen und verzerren Bilder, 
Erinnerungen, Geschichten – und letztlich die Zeit: broken time.

Melbourne International Animation Filmfestival 2013
Using highly modified strips of live-action film, random glimpses of the everyday get a second 
chance to speak to us and exist cinematographically, the way they were originally created to be.

Alanna Simone curator of MIA Screenings
Broken Time (2011) from Austrian artist Johannes Gierlinger riffs on the cut up films of the Beats
mixing dismembered pieces of footage with text and manipulated celluloid.

Nag Vladermersky, LIAF Director - London International Animation 
Broken Time by Johannes Gierlinger is probably the single most intense and sustained example of 
this genre I can ever recall seeing. There isn’t a lazy frame in it; every moment is a rich tapestry 
of painstakingly hand-scratched artwork imposed on top of existing live-action footage with a near
flawless sense of balance and juxtapositioning.


∣ Credits ∣

35 mm Print Supported by Kultur Land Salzburg

∣ Festivals ∣ Screenings ∣ (Selection)
Werkschau - Flanieren. Erinnern. Träumen at Das Kino Salzburg 2019, Austria
Kraak Festival Ghent, 2019, Belgium
Microscope Gallery NY, 2018, USA
NACH Linda Christanell at 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017, Austria
Video of the Month - das weisse Haus Vienna, 2017, Austria
Espacio Cine de Experimental - Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, 2014, Argentina
Cinemateca al Aire Libre - Hambre Screening, 2014, Columbia
LIAF London International Animation Festival, 2013, UK
Cine B Film Festival Santiago de Chile 2013, Chile
Images Contre Nature - International Festival of Experimental Video 2013, France
Hubert Sielecki Preis - Screening at Künstlerhaus Vienna 2013, Austria
Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013, Australia
Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey 2013 , CUBA
Experiments in Cinema v8.53 Festival 2013, USA
Flex - The Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival 2013, USA
MIA Screening - The Armory Center for the Arts 2013, USA
Kunsthalle Vienna - Early birds Show 2013, Austria
Cork Film Festival 2012 - Free Radical Section, Irland
Backup Filmfestival Weimar - Award for Best Experimentalfilm 2012, Germany
Festival International Du Court Métragel Lille (Nouvelle Images Competition) 2012, France
Videomedeja - International Video Festival Novi Sad 2012, Serbia
Streaming Festival - Audio-Visuell Art Festival 2012
FESA Festival of European Student Animation 2012, Serbia
Festival Silhouette - Courts métrages 2012, France
13th Dresdner Schmalfilmtage (Official Selection) 2012, Germany
Cinema Next - Das Kino Salzburg 2012, Austria
Kunstverein Salzburg - Cafe Cult #53 - 2012, Austria
Galerie Blaugelbzwettl - Lange Nacht des Films 2011, Austria
13th Youki International Media Festival 2011, Austria
XI Ediciòn del Festival de Cine Y Video Experimental Vallecas Puerta Del Cine 2011, Spain
2nd International Short Film and Video Festival Novi Sad 2011, Serbia