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Die Kinder der Toten
Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška – Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Elfriede Jelinek's monumental novel "Die Kinder der Toten", her most important according to her own assessment, served as the template for a free movie adaptation, produced in the original locations near the places where the Nobel Prize Laureate grew up. A Super 8 holiday film from Upper Styria slowly turns into the resurrection of "undead" spooks. The question of the (im)possibility of adequate processing of accrued debt shoots through all those aspects – nature, culture, society and history – that are still part of national identity today.
|Format:||Super 8, digital|
|Director(s):||Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška – Nature Theater of Oklahoma|
|Writer(s):||Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška – Nature Theater of Oklahoma; based on a novel of the same name by Elfriede Jelinek|
|Cinematographer(s):||Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška – Nature Theater of Oklahoma|
|Key cast:||Andrea Maier, Greta Kostka, Klaus Unterrieder, Georg Beyer|
February 8, 2019Berlin (Forum)
|Awards (selection):||Fipresci Jury Prize (Berlin), Grand Jury Prize Avant-Garde & Genre Competition (Buenos Aires/BAFICI)|
Berlinale 2019: Austrian films in Competition and Forum
On top of Marie Kreutzer's Golden Bear contender THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET the Berlinale Forum hosts the world premiere of Nikolaus Geyrhalter's new film EARTH as well as the first feature film of performance artists Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska with their haunting and witty Super-8-approach to Elfriede Jelinek's major novel DIE KINDER DER TOTEN.
«Film is a medium of transmission – not only of story, but of spirit. »
Elfriede Jelinek’s powerfully eloquent novel provided the literary basis for the film project DIE KINDER DER TOTEN , where the American performance artists Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska stage a gruesomely eccentric march of the undead in silent film format.
«It became our premise that this movie had to save our lives.»
Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska resolved to adapt Elfriede Jelinek's huge work Die Kinder der Toten without any knowledge of the German language, in order to experiment with the genre of the Heimatfilm in Upper Styria together with the local population. Claus Philipp, artistic associate and dramaturg on DIE KINDER DER TOTEN, provided them with extensive notes to facilitate access to the linguistic density of the 666-page magnum opus; he was involved from the very start in preparing the ground for this unique project combining film, performance and the audience.
Berlinale 2019: DIE KINDER DER TOTEN wins FIPRESCI prize
Performance artists Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska (The Nature Theater of Oklahoma) impressed the Berlinale film critics who awared the FIPRESCI Prize to their first cinematic work DIE KINDER DER TOTEN, a silent and gruesome march of the undead, inspired by the overwhelming novel of Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek.
Berlinale 2019: The Ecumenical Jury Prize goes to EARTH ...
... by Nikolaus Geyrhalter and two more distinctions to German-Austrian co-productions: BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree wins the Compass Perspective Prize, Thomas Heise’s Forum entry HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME wins the Caligari Prize. Here are the jury statements ...