VALIE EXPORT: INVISIBLE ADVERSARIES
"The film feels a little as if Godard were reincarnated as a woman and decided to make a feminist version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
– Electronic Arts Intermix
"Anna, an artist, is obsessed with the invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. Her schizophrenia is reflected in the juxtapositions of long movie camera takes with violently edited montages: private with public spaces; black & white with colour, still photographs with video, earsplitting sounds with disruptive camera angles. Anna uses her body like a map; after a devastating quarrel with her lover, she paints red stitches on herself. Watching their scenes together, we realize how seldom, if ever before, the details of sexual intimacy have been shown in film from the point of view from a woman. Export privileges rupture over unity and never settles for one-dimensional solutions."
“A winning combination of visual wit and frank, sometimes slapstick, sexuality.”
– Jim Hoberman
"One of the most original films in this year’s Exposition, Invisible Adversaries is a tour de force of cinematic invention. It should bring international recognition to VALIE EXPORT, an Austrian experimental filmmaker known heretofore in America mostly by reputation. This is her first attempt at a feature-length narrative, and it reveals a prodigious talent at work. The title refers to extraterrestrial aliens called ´Hyksos´, malevolent forces that enter human bodies like incubi and initiate the decline of civilization. Not to be taken literally, the Hyksos are a poetic metaphor for the modern Zeitgeist, the apocalyptic mood of the times. Ms. Export uses this theme as a framework for some of the most audacious and amazing experiments since Cocteau. The comparison is appropriate, for on one level Invisible Adversaries is about art and the artist, a modern Blood of the Poet. To this, Export brings a fresh and intelligent sensibility, characteristically self-referential. Her visual resources include mirrors, still photography, video, dance, and films within the film, all employed with a bold and surprising inventiveness."
– Gene Youngblood
Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)
Director: Valie Export, Peter Weibel (cooperation)
Cinematography: Wolfgang Simon
Cast: Susanne Widl, Peter Weibel, Josef Plavec, Monika Helfer-Friedrich, Helke Sander, Dominik Dusek, Herbert Schmid, Eduard Neversal
• 104 minutes
• B&W, color
Total Running Time: 01:44:00
Language: German. English subtitles
Published By: Index DVD
Booklet Text: Valie Export, Roswitha Müller (German & English)
Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)
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