Michael Glawogger – Das Vaterspiel AKA Kill Daddy Good Night (2009)

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“An Austrian videogame designer (Helmut Köpping) who has turned his pathological hatred for his politician father into a life’s mission to create a father-killing videogame, ends-up, through a set of curious circumstances, renovating the basement hideout in Long Island of a Lithuanian Nazi. ” Continue reading

Michael Glawogger – Die Ameisenstraße AKA Ant Street (1995)

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In the middle of Vienna stands an old tenement building, and time has left its mark both on the house and its inhabitants. Here, time passes at a strange pace. Floor by floor, the visitor can discover small self-contained worlds: grousers, collectors, the forgotten, people with obsessions, concealed and exposed passions. Behind securely locked doors, each prepares his own heady brew. Then, however, death makes its entrance for the first time, sweeping through the stairwell. The owner of the house, a resident himself, dies. His nephew, an entrepreneur, inherits the building and acts immediately. He moves out, takes up lodgings, hands out notice to quit, renovates and devastates. One goal hovers before his eyes; to get rid of the tenants and make money out of the property. Gradually, the closed doors begin to open, and with each outrage committed by the new owner, the residents are drawn closer together. What comes to light thereby is an anthill full of life, and once it opens up, a flood of comical individuals streams out of it, all fighting for their own living space. A minor official, plagued by persecution mania, fears a dreadful end to the matter. Though the signs he sees of this are all wrong, nevertheless, in a furious finale, the outside world descends upon the house and his inhabitants. Continue reading

Michael Glawogger – Workingman’s Death (2005)

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After you see this film, you’ll never complain about your job again. Subtitled something like “Five Portraits of Work in the Twenty-First Century,” Glawogger’s documentary features some of the most dangerous, difficult, or just plain unpleasant work in the world.

Each segment except the last one is about twenty-five minutes long, and is shot without any voice-over narration and very little editorializing. We are simply presented with people working and talking about their work. The director possesses a very painterly sense of composition, and we’re often presented with shots of workers posing as if they were in front of a still camera. The camera-work is even more impressive when it is moving, and I often found myself wondering how they were able to film in some of these conditions. Continue reading

Michael Glawogger – Megacities (1998)

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Storyline

This documentary deals with work, poverty, violence, love and sex. A film about human beauty in twelve chapters which tells the tales of people from Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow and New York, who are all struggling for survival, with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. They all share the dream of a better life. Written by L.H. Wong Continue reading

Michael Glawogger – Slumming (2006)

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Slumming – rich, bad boys who think a great time is using their powers of wit and inductive reasoning to ferret-out the nature of the people they observe as they gallivant around town pretending to be interested in women they’ve met in chat rooms and invited on blind dates so they can secretly capture inappropriate cell phone camera shots of them under the table in some of the seedy, Viennese bars where they then meet them. The ring-leader of the slummers, a duo of Austrians, is Sebastian. Clearly, his moral compass is spinning wildly out of control when he convinces his partner in crime, Alex to help him play the ultimate slummer’s prank on a homeless drunken poet they find on a park bench by moving him to a bench in front of the train station just across the border in the Czech Republic. And this, just after he might have found his soul mate in a young school teacher who seems to find herself able to overlook most of his hi-jinx until she learns of his finest achievement and the fate of the poor poet. Continue reading

Michael Glawogger – Nacktschnecken (2004)

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Nacktschnecken (translated “slugs” ) is an Austrian low-budget comedy with quite a fine plot: Three young pals plan to earn money by shooting an hardcore-porno movie. But is it really so easy to shoot some gang-banging with home-video equipment?

What sounds like some stupid german 70s sex-movie is in fact a very entertaining comedy, both clever and sensitive. So if you like new Austrian cinema like “Hundstage” (which is – of course – much more serious) – you should not miss this one.

The flic was shot in Styria, so much of it´s charm depends on various local accents (like a Viennese pimp, a girl from Graz´s upper class, rural-styrian working class heroes e.a.). So this movie is not really easy to translate. Continue reading