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Linz / Martinskirche

In Linz / St. Martin’s Church a man enters a church of the same name and takes a look around. The drawings are colorful, unpretentious and direct. It is Spring. Trees standing in front of the church are in bloom; birds flit from branch to branch and chirp away. The man takes a picture with his smart phone. Before entering what is one of Austria’s oldest churches, he walks by a car, past a placard for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and a historical monument preservation plaque. It is dark inside and behind the entrance door there stands another door that is locked. One sign points to the option of making a donation, another indicates a light switch. The man activates the light switch, the interior of the church becomes visible, his gaze glides over frescoes and stained glass windows. He takes a second picture. The light attached to a timer switches off, the man makes a charitable donation and disappears.

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The brief moments that take place "in passing", which we cannot really grasp, but which still form the essence of our being, are the leitmotif of the film. In the seemingly commonplace attempt to reach the interior of the eponymous church, the difficulties of modern human beings in "experiencing" the moment and their insecurity about their own desires and wishes are condensed in only three minutes.




Copyright © 2014 Edith Stauber

Previous screenings

One Day Animation Festival | 2014
20 Nov | Vienna, Austria
11 Mar – 15 Mar | Vienna, Austria
Diagonale: Festival of Austrian Film
17 Mar – 22 Mar | Graz, Austria

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