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Die vergangenen Zukünfte / s16mm / 2021 / 98min

Die vergangenen Zukünfte
ist eine politisch-poetische Reflexion über das Wesen und Wirken von Revolutionen. Exemplarischer Ausgangspunkt dieses essayistischen Films ist die Märzrevolution 1848 in Wien. Was bleibt von einer Revolution? Wann gilt sie als gescheitert und wann und wie manifestieren sich deren Errungenschaften? - Der Film verbindet historische Kämpfe mit heutigen Formen des Widerstands und reflektiert wie sich die Praxis des kollektiven Erinnerns in die Gegenwart einer Stadt und das Handeln ihrer Bewohner*innen einschreibt. Angesichts aktueller politischer Entwicklungen fragt der Film Walter Benjamin folgend: Muss man die Errungenschaften der Vergangenheit vor der Gegenwart schützen?

Past Futures is a political and poetic reflection on the nature and effects of revolutions. An exemplary starting point for this essaystic film is the March Revolution of 1848 in Vienna. What remains of a revolution? When is it considered to have failed and when and how are its achievements manifested? - The film combines historical struggles with today's forms of resistance and reflects on how the practice of collective memory inscribes itself in the present of a city and the actions of its residents. In view of current political developments, the film asks following Walter Benjamin: Do we have to protect the achievements of the past from the present?




 

 


Margit Neuhold (Editor at Camera Austria International) for Tagebuch Magazin
"Johannes Gierlinger asks how we view the events around the revolution of 1848 and how we can collectively understand them. Which inscriptions and overwrites take place in public space and in institutions? Which narratives are served and whose versions of the events are in the foreground? How will our future understanding of the revolution change through upheaval and change? "

 

Carolin Weidner - Diagonale Graz 2021
"It is not the person ignorant of writing but the one ignorant of photography who will be the illiterate of the future." László Moholy-Nagy is quoted in "The Past Futures". In Johannes Gierlinger's film are many images to explore, recordings build on one another and slide into one another, crumble like a broken mirror, look at you, speak and remain silent at the same time."


∣ Credits ∣

Written and directed by Johannes Gierlinger ∣ 
Sound by Karl Wratschko & Jan Zischka ∣ Additional Sound 
by Aleksandra Kolodziejczyk, Viktoria Bayer, Kumjana Novakova &
Eva Sommer ∣ Sound Design by Peter Kutin ∣ Modular Synth Sounds by Frank Rottmann ∣ Cinematography & Editing by Johannes Gierlinger ∣ Music Recording by Moritz Nahold ∣ Acting by Lara Sienczak ∣ Narration by Martin Hemmer & Lara Sienczak ∣ 
Colors by Claudio Santancini ∣  
Produced by Johannes Gierlinger & Subobscura Films

Supported by Land Salzburg, Cine Art Styria, Stadt Wien, 
Otto Mauer Fonds