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Los Feliz

Edgar Honetschläger
Austria 2016 / 102’
Jupiter's Moon Lover for a Day

My friend has disappeared, I killed the devil, and the Chinese have taken over the world. These are not excerpts from closed-door negotiations, but rather a quick overview of what awaits the viewer in Edgar Honetschläger's latest film. As we hear these lines, the aspiring star dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, primps as if nothing was happening at all. Because in Los Feliz, like in Victor Fleming's film, the three heroes' Yellow Brick Road leads not to the Emerald City but from Rome to Hollywood, from the cradle of the Renaissance to the epicenter of mass-produced images. The trip takes place against the background of a rolling panorama. However, this is only a part of what is on display in the film. The second half is a leftist philosophical treatise à la Godard, mixing haiku with advertising slogans, clashing the cultures of East and West in the form of impressive maxims about the fact that we often end up with ordinary 3D where we would expect to find something more profound.

Maciej Stasiowski

awards

Diagonale Prize for Sound Design (Best Sound Design of a Feature Film)

Edgar Honetschläger

While he was born in Linz, neither Austria nor any other place has managed to keep Edgar Honetschläger for very long. Four years in the United States, 10 in Japan, followed by Italy and Brazil, Honetschäger's travels are reflected in the multilingualism of his films: both in terms of the cultures, religions, and philosophies presented in them, and, literally, in their soundtracks. The director makes documentaries (Omsch), film essays (L + RIl mare e latorta),and features (his debut MilkAUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things), and he is also responsible for the paintings in his latest film.

Filmography

1997 Milk

2000 L + R (doc.) 

2002 Enduring Freedom

2003 Morze i tort / Il mare e la torta (doc.)

2005 Erni (short)

2008 Beijing Holiday (short)

2011 AUN - Początek i koniec wszech rzeczy / AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things

2013 Omsch (doc.) 

2016 Los Feliz

Cast & Crew

director Edgar Honetschläger
screenplay Edgar Honetschläger
cinematography Piergiorgio Bottos, Daniel Hollerweger
editing Stefan Fauland, Edgar Honetschläger, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
music Mike Harding (music adviser)
cast Pauline Acquart, Philippe Spall, Yukika Kudo, Fabio Camilli, Cosimo Cinieri, Antonio Salines
producer Edgar Honetschläger, Robert Shulevitz
production Edoko Institute Film Production
sales Edgar Honetschlager
language English, Italian, Chinese, Japanese
colouration colour