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Titel:     Peter Kubelka und Jonas Mekas
Director     Friedl vom Gröller
  original titel:
Peter Kubelka und Jonas Mekas
Year: 1994
Country: Austria
Length: 02:30 min
Premiere: /
Medium: Film
Category: Avantgarde/Arts
Orig lang.: no dialogue
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Peter Kubelka und Jonas Mekas
In a series of films made in the 1990s Friedl Kubelka introduced a new element: her participation in the film by interacting with the subject. These films are designed in such a way that the camera films a frontal view of the apparently motionless face, and a touch-a caress of the hair, a kiss, a hug-demonstrates the artist´s relationship with the subject being portrayed, who react in various ways, whether through a lightening of facial expression, a smile or intensified squinting. This matter of involvement represents the specific nature of this series of portrait films, ensuring Kubelka an outstanding position in the field of avant-garde film.

(Hemma Schmutz)

"Can I film a double portrait of you?". And then I went to Peter with whom I haven´t spoken since three days because we were quarreling and gave him a kiss. That was actually quite cold-blooded because Peter always felt that he had to induce the reconcilement and that I never did – what he was quite right about that. So I thought let´s do a reconcilement in front of the camera. One can see how he straightens up and becomes quite pleased during the film.

(from an interview with Friedl vom Gröller)

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