Himmel und Erde
Heaven and Earth
Austria, 1979-1982, 285 min
Director: Michael Pilz
Screenings at the festival
Fri Feb 11 11:00 CineStar 8 (E)
Thu Feb 17 20:00 Kino Arsenal 1 (E)
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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
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HIMMEL UND ERDE (HEAVEN AND EARTH)
(1979 - 1982) 2-Disc Set
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