Banska (2008)

The world of dreams and the representation of a shaky reality shift into a common image, a revealing projection. The soundlessly bar- king dog at the start cannot drive us away. Our gaze is directed into an open landscape and towards farm animals. Both menacing and graceful, erratic movement is put on the stage. Gestures of the familiar amid the grassy land- scape rather heighten the feeling of apprehen- sion. The strangeness of the interruptions, of the arrhythmic, strips the film of its surface layer of illusion. Elements of the substrate push their way in and claim space outside the dogmatic and traditional regime of the casually accepted machinery. The imminent encounter between human and animal culmi- nates in a show of strength between sinewy arms and brawny legs, never reaching an ul- timate conclusion. The merry-go-round of inescapable sequence, both beautiful and hor- rible, starts anew with unchanged intensity, and no release comes. (Thomas Ballhausen)

Director, Camera and Editing: Michael Mastrototaro
2. Camera: Brano Spacek
Actor: Milan Adamciak
Produced by: Sabine Maier
Music: Lokai

16mm Film, 5 min B&W, stereo
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