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Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller II

67’

Play

Germany 2003 / 6’

On screen, we see the audience at a play. As a mosaic of scenes from feature films appears, the audience remains in the center of the frame. In Play, the spectacle is the reaction of those watching, interacting with one another. Enthusiastic crowds are hijacked by individuals, with reactions ranging from the audience’s exuberant applause right through to anger, disgust, and an empty theater. This film by Girardet and Müller was screened at the festivals in Toronto and Rotterdam (2005).

Joanna Ostrowska

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: archival footage
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour & b&w

Kristall

Germany 2006 / 15’

A melodramatic story made out of a series of scenes from various feature films that takes place in reflected spaces. In Kristall, intimate gestures by the characters are continuously reproduced, the distorted reflection of which creates completely new images. The mirror only appears to crack, as the broken faces of the characters continue to multiply, inducing feelings of anxiety and doubt.

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: foundfootage
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Susanne Wuermell, Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
production: Christoph Girardet & Matthias Mueller/Bielefeld
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
colouration: b&w

Mirror

Germany 2003 / 8’

A reception for an exhibition ends in a practically empty space. The sound of illuminated light bulbs can be heard, and flickering lights alternately reveal and hide the protagonists: a man and a woman against a background of other guests and empty chairs. There is a moment of tension just after something important happens, and everyone waits to see how it will turn out. Mirror was screened at the festivals in Oberhausen (2004) and Rotterdam (2005).

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cast: Nedžad Mrkulić, Elisabeth Masé
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: Italian
colouration: b&w

Maybe Siam

Germany 2009 / 12'20’

At the beginning of Maybe Siam, there is just a black frame that lasts for several seconds. This is immediately followed by a scene in which there is no sound. Throughout the entire film, images and sound alternate. The scenes are edited together from feature films in which the characters are blind. The characters try to overcome this distance, to find themselves in a particular space by imagining rather than seeing. In the background, the somewhat ironic song Far Away Places can be heard. This film by Girardet and Müller was screened at the Torino Film Festival (2010), among others.

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: found footage
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Perry Como
sound: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
production: Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour & b&w

contre-jour

Germany 2009 / 11’

"Tell me. What do you see? (…) If you could only see what I see." In contre-jour, the point of departure is a situation where a doctor and a patient try to understand each other’s "way of seeing". They cannot see in the same way. Disturbances, strange visions, strobe lights, and a "pseudo-medical" attempt to describe our perception of another individual creates something of a visual experiment in which light controls our perception of images.

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: Christoph Girardet
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cast: Ralph Kostrzewa, Elisabeth Masé
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
production: Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: English
colouration: colour & b&w

Meteor

Germany 2011 / 15’

The world of a child’s imagination – that of a frightening boy in black-and-white from the films of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Vigo, and Francois Truffaut, among others – is combined with  fragments of old science-fiction films. In Meteor,growing up and maturing are seen through the metaphor of conquering colorful Outer Space in tune to the rhythm of music by Puccini. This film by Girardet and Müller was screened in the section Horizons at the 68th Venice International Film Festival (2011).

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: found footage
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Giacomo Puccini
cast: John Smith (voice)
producer: Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: English
colouration: colour & b&w