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Johann Lurf
Austria 2017 / 102’
the new version of the film

The starry sky has been looking down on film characters since the very beginning of cinema. Meanwhile, Austrian artist Johann Lurf arranges historical shots of the night sky chronologically, creating an extraordinary atlas of stars. Lurf's intricate film is a cosmic journey through space-time. He shows cinema's fixation on the cosmos and the range of emotions it has aroused in both characters and viewers: from fear and delight in the first silent films, through hope and the arrogance of the conquerors of the cosmos, to melancholy and finally absolute silence. The constellations shown in the film are accompanied by an original soundtrack: ambient noise and large orchestral pieces, as well as pedantic explanations and dreamy speculations. The night sky in film is filled with countless languages, perspectives and hopes. The film evokes the most beautiful and saddest moments in cinema; it is a symphony of humanity's nocturnal fears and silent hopes. ★ is a film for hopeless dreamers, amateur astrologers and the lovestruck.

Ewa Szabłowska


Diagonale 2018 – Best Experimental Film

Johann Lurf

Johann Lurf is an artist and filmmaker who uses the moving image to analyse and restructure space and film. His practice involves observational and documentary filmmaking specializing in the field of structural film and includes an approach to found footage which is strongly focused on filmic language itself. Johann Lurf studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London. He graduated from Harun Farocki's Art and Film Studio in 2009.


2003 untitled

2005 pan


2008 12 Explosions

2009 The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

2010 Endeavour


2014 Twelve Tales Told

2015 Capital Cuba

2017 ★

Cast & Crew

director Johann Lurf
screenplay Johann Lurf
cinematography Johann Lurf
editing Johann Lurf
sound Nils Kirchhoff
producer Johann Lurf, BKA Innovative Film, Wien Kultur
sales Sixpack Films
language English, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Hindi, Finnish, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Portuguese
colouration colour