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Flaming Ears

Ursula Puerrer, A. Hans Scheirl, Dietmar Schipek
Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche
Austria 1992 / 84’

A post-apocalyptic metropolis populated by antipathetic degenerates makes a jerry-rigged punk-style backdrop for a grotesque end-of-the-world theater. Lively stop motion-animated cars mock big-city traffic while the world remains enshrouded in darkness periodically penetrated by shots, shouts, and police sirens additionally highlighting the artificial convention and atrophy of this space. Sex and violence set the rhythm of human life (just like in every civilisation going to hell in a hand basket) in a film where murky nightmarish flashes reveal the stories of three women out for revenge, orgasm or the nourishing meat of mutant alligators. A cyberpunk fantasy that ‘San Francisco Weekly’ extolled as imagine the film that J.G. Ballard might have made if he’d been born an Austrian dyke.

Ursula Puerrer

Austrian director, screenwriter, actor and producer Ursula Puerrer was born in 1962 in Vienna and managed to cram all those positions and roles into work on a single film – Flaming Ears (1992).

Filmography

1992 Płonące uszy / Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche / Flaming Ears (co-dir.)

A. Hans Scheirl

A. Hans Scheirl was born Angela Scheirl in 1956 in Salzburg. In 1975–1980, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, which is when he began making his first films. By 1988, he had directed over 50 productions all of which deal with gender issues. The best-known include Flaming Ears (1992) and Dandy Dust (1998). Scheirl is also a painter. He has spent nearly 20 years living in London. Since 2006, he has worked as a professor at his Viennese alma mater.

Filmography

1989 The Abbotess and the Flying Bone (short, co-dir.)

1992 Płonące uszy / Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche / Flaming Ears (co-dir.)

1998 Dandy Dust

Dietmar Schipek

Dietmar Schipek was born in 1959 in Mistelbach, Lower Austria. He codirected The Abbotess and the Flying Bone (1989) and Flaming Ears (1992) with A. Hans Scheirl, transgender director and artist. Schipek is also worked as a soundman on productions such as Tibetan Memories (1995), Nerve (1995), No comment – minimundus AUSTRIA (1996) and Jeder siebte Mensch (2006).

Filmography

1989 The Abbotess and the Flying Bone (co-dir., short)

1992 Płonące uszy / Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche / Flaming Ears (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Ursula Puerrer, A. Hans Scheirl, Dietmar Schipek
screenplay Ursula Puerrer, Dietmar Schipek
cinematography Margarete Neumann, Manfred Neuwirth
editing A. Hans Scheirl
music Dietmar Schipek
cast Susana Helmayr, Ursula Puerrer, A. Hans Scheirl, Margarete Neumann
producer Ursula Puerrer, A. Hans Scheirl
production FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH, Kulturamt der Niederoesterreichischen Landesregierung
sales Sixpack
language German
colouration colour