part time heroes (film)

The search for fame’s elevator goes up and down, the ego’s bust and boom. Each character is isolated in his or her anachronistic, film-star dressing room, left alone, subjected to the sinister fittings: a hopelessly out-dated microphone, radio, crutches for communication. Each character gets a small chance to show that he or she alone is better at embodying that self, which is just as good as every other self. However, as though it were an uncanny copy machine of star production, the golden room, which houses the greatest striptease talent-since she constantly undress yet is never naked-generates a momentary double. The film checks these beings, isolated through their hero competition, into the lonely heart hotel where they eavesdrop on one another through thin walls, often over a film cut.

photos: m. mattuschka/c.haring

Frivolous encounters slip in. A helplessly obscene seduction attempt mutates to telephone terror, confirmed by the humorous play of the eyes from the other side. From out of the elevator, an elevator technician-a show master, so to speak, a running gag, a lascivious “cursor” in a boiler suit-creeps down the hallways. He alone seems to connect everything, but finds no one. Until the final take, a generous long shot in which all three heroes are left to their own showcases, whereby they attempt all together, each alone, to seduce their audience. Yet unimpressed passersby give our heroes the cold shoulder, making the camera on the other side of the street their only audience. The Department Store Dichter, furnished with technology from days gone by, lends eccentric historicity to one of the programmatic statements: “How do I become timeless?” that releases this outcry for fame in a hopeless but unique vitality.

text: k. zakravsky, translation: l. rosenblatt

Mara Mattuschka, Chris Haring
2007, 33 min 4:3 PAL stereoBeta SP, DVD

Winner of Norman Award at Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2007

Direction: Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring
Concept: Chris Haring
Cinematography: Sepp Nermuth
Editing: Mara Mattuschka
Sound: Andreas Berger – Glim
Director’s Assistant: Christoph Parzer
Starring: Stephanie Cumming, Ulrika Kinn Swensson, Johnny Schoofs, Giovanni Scarcella
Distribution, Sales:  sixpackfilm

 

credits

Screenings

 

27.01.11
Mal Seh’n Kino Frankfurt

13.11.11
Österreichisches Kulturforum Bukarest, Center for Visual Introspection

25.06.10
New York Anthology Film Archives, Mara Mattuschka Special

08.04.10
Seoul 10 International Women’s Film

02.07.10
Marseille 09 – Fidmarseille

06.11.09
Szcezcin Kana Theatre Centre

25.09.09
Gedok Stuttgart

24.07.09
Uherske Hradiste CZ, Summer Film School

26.06.09
La Rochelle Int. Film Festival

17.03.09
Diagonale Festival des österr. Films, Personale Mara Mattuschka.

22.04.08
Crossing Europe, Linz

23.01.08
37. Int. Filmfestival Rotterdam

18.01.08
Wand 5, Stuttgart

17.01.08
International Short Film Competition / 21th Stuttgart Filmwinter

12.12.07
Top Kino Vienna/ Mind the gap 7 pm

09.12.07
Festival Cinema Differentes, Mains d’Ouevre, Saint Ouen

06.12.07
10th annual Antimatter, Oaxaca, Mexico

05.12.07
Festival des Cinemas, Paris

17.10.07
51. Film Festival London

21.09.07
Animatter Film Festival, Victoria

14.06.07
Int. Videofestival Bochum

15.05.07
Vienna Independent VIS 07

03.05.07
53. Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

19.03.07
Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films

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