Accreditation
 
Anja Salomonowitz
Thursday 13.04.2017

Anja Salomonowitz

Peter Strickland
Wednesday 12.04.2017

Peter Strickland

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík
Sunday 26.03.2017

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík

Ludovica Ferrario
Friday 10.03.2017

Ludovica Ferrario

Steve Matthews
Sunday 26.02.2017

Steve Matthews

 

It happened just before

Are documentary films obsession or transformation of reality?

The documentary film about human trafficking has an unusual approach to the theme: the film is based on real narratives by women who were the objects of trafficking which were then re-worked into a documentary screenplay by the director. The stories are not retold by actresses but by people who have a direct relationship to events and places. The film won Caligari Film Award during Berlin Film Festival. 


" The film places the narrative logics of filmic fiction – "what could happen" – and documentarism – "what did happen" – into a continuously changing relationship with each other. In its paradoxical confrontation and questioning of the apparent naturalness of rule and exception, the film employs the stylistic devices of the horror film. Everyday life is stylized into idyllic normality that is interrupted by something uncanny. The characters are as if "possessed" by other stories. But the horror and the sinisterness that affect everyday life are nothing more than reality; a reality torn from its secret social (as well as everyday) invisibility. "

Nora Sternfeld, Berlinale

Five people in their everyday surroundings tell stories that they have never experienced personally. They recount tales of people involved in trafficking in women. They tell of exploitation, violence and force. They tell of realities which have happened and which might have happened in the places shown.


"I was certainly concerned with questioning prevalent documentary methods. Does the victim always have to tell their own story? On the other hand, can someone else recite the story but nevertheless still communicate something of the person? In this case it is only in the images. Is it a documentary if someone learns a text by heart, recites it and I watch him at the time he is occupied with it? I’m concerned with this grey area."

Anja Salomonowitz

 

 

Directed by: Anja Salomonowitz
Screenplay by: Anja Salomonowitz
Starring: Rainer Halbauer, Anna Sparer, Leopold Sobotka, Mag. Gertrud Tauchhammer, Otto Pikal
Cinematography: Jo Molitorisz
Edited by: Gregor Wille/Frederic Fichefet
Sound by: Eric Spitzer
Austria, 2006,
72 minutes