Michael Pilz Honored at 2011 Berlin Film Festival with Screening of HIMMEL UND ERDE


Himmel und Erde

Heaven and Earth

Austria, 1979-1982, 285 min



    Director: Michael Pilz

    Section: Forum

    Screenings at the festival

    Fri       Feb 11  11:00    CineStar 8 (E)

    Thu     Feb 17  20:00    Kino Arsenal 1 (E)


Download Festival Catalogue, PDF

Download Festival Catalogue, PDF



    Michael Pilz’s epic two-part                 

    documentary tells of life in a                        

    mountain village in the Aust


    state of Styria. "Give it a chance

    and this film will soon draw you into     

    its own cosmos; it can be counted

    among those works that teach you

    to see and hear things in a

    completely new way."

    (Ulrich Gregor, Forum 1983) 


"Take what is before you as it is and do not wish it to be different, simply

exist." This motto from the Chinese poet Lao-tzu precedes the film and is

programmatic for Michael Pilz’s open concept, devoid as it is of a

sociological motive. His almost five-hour-long cinematic essay was a

milestone in the making of independent documentary films. And even

today it is still extraordinary owing to its aesthetic waywardness and its free

form – a mixture of compassionate observation, the self-reflective

disclosure of the filmmaker’s presence and procedures, the contrapuntal

use of sound and comments in the form of off-screen texts from sources as

far-ranging as Lao-tzu to the Bible to Stanislaw Lem. The film shows the

process of plowing on steep slopes as a concerted effort by man and

beast. Pilz asks a farmer where he would prefer to stand for a shot. Himmel

und Erde is both a historic document and modern cinema at the same time.


Michael Pilz's HIMMEL UND ERDE




     (1979 - 1982)      2-Disc Set

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