As a central part of Import Export
three documentary film essays are being developed under the project
headlines of: moving people, moving concepts, moving goods. The
films are produced by filmmakers from the Import Export
project network: Madhusree Dutta / Philip Scheffner (India), Michael
Woergoetter (Austria), Merle Kroeger / Dorothee Wenner (Germany).
All films are being presented within the film programme in each
of the cities and then brought out on DVD together with the publication.
VIENNA CHAPTER: Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna
May 20th, 2005
Film / Film Lecture:
The Animal Next To Us
Script & Director: Michael Woergoetter
India/Europe 2005, Video, 70 min, Director of Photography: Alexander
Binder, Michael Woergoetter, Ritesh Shrivastava, Sound: Peter Janececk,
Cutter: Elke Groen, Music: Manfred Hofer
"To believe that cows like most to eat grass, perhaps also
means to believe that stray dogs prefer to be shot." At least
this is what some say. Others say: "Hitler was a vegetarian
too." Or: "What they call Nirvana, is what we call depression."
Without any doubt a scenic nature film. It's all about discipline
and compassion, about longing and disgust, and how much time is
left for things like this anyway. Clips of inofficial excerpts of
studio-theatre kind Indian-European monologues tossed amongst splendid
exteriors. Everything here is played off the cushion and dealt with
on the back of completely innocent animals.
Michael Woergoetter is a filmmaker,
artist and curator based in Vienna. Founder of the art and theory
Respondents (Film lecture): Shantanu
Lodh, artist (New Delhi) and Christiane
Hartnack, deputy head of the department of cultural
studies Donau University Krems (Vienna)