CASANOVA VARIATIONS, Michael Sturmingers multi-faceted marriage between opera and cinema, starring John Malkovich and Veronica Ferres, competes for Golden Shell 2014.
The Spanish audience may discover IN THE BASEMENT, Ulrich Seidls essay on the various belowground activities in Austrian basements, scheduled in the Zabaltegi program.
62nd SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (September 19 to 27, 2014)
directed by Michael Sturminger (Amour Fou Vienna (A), Alfama Films (F), X Filme Creative Pool (D), Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
In the heat of the summer. An isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Ten-year-old twins wait for
their mother. When she comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern
and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother,
the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.
International sales: Alfama Films
IN THE BASEMENT
directed by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion (A))
The film is about people and basements and what people do in their basements in their free time.
The film is about obsessions.
The film is about brass-band music and opera arias, about expensive furniture and cheap male jokes, about sexuality and shooting,
fitness and fascism, whips and dolls.
A film essay that is both funny and sad, it uses the director's characteristic film tableaux to delve into the underground
of the Austrian soul.
International sales: Coproduction Office