Gustav Deutsch, born in Vienna in 1952, is a leading figure of international found-footage cinema. In his extravagant “remixes” of film history, every genre imaginable has its place: fiction and document, magic fables and newsreels, amateur and scientific films. Although his works are highly playful and often humorous, he is not concerned with ironic effects when choosing and editing his found materials. Essentially, Deutsch’s filmmaking looks for a “sensual comprehension” of the medium, and for an understanding of the ways in which cinema, history and individual lives are intertwined. The title of one of his major works sums up this perspective: Welt Spiegel Kino (World Mirror Cinema).
In Deutsch’s case, however, the multiply fragmented “mirror” that stands between “world” and “cinema” becomes a veritable hall of mirrors. The Retrospective devoted to his oeuvre is meant to lead audiences to precisely this place. It opens with the première of Gustav Deutsch’s… read more