Das Gold der Liebe [The Gold of Love] (1983)

Das Gold der Liebe
Director: Eckhart Schmidt
Writer: Eckhart Schmidt
Cast: Alexandra Curtis, Allegra Curtis, Marie Colbin, André Heller, Regina van Tom, Hermann Strobel, Andrea Wurstbauer
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 3.11.2015

Patricia (Alexandra Curtis) hears the voices of the band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.), calling her to their concert. She makes her way there and tries to get in, despite the fact that she doesn’t have any money. Somehow she is buzzed into the backstage area though. Walking through the door, she finds herself in a shifted reality where violence blooms,  blood flows easily and Patricia is hunted by something.

Das Gold der Liebe is probably not a film for everyone with it’s dream logic and zeitgeisty music. But I enjoyed it and particularly its visuals.

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Colours and Possibilities

The weekend, except for easter, a whole lot of food, and presents, brought us AFRIKA! AFRIKA!
That’s a circus in the style of Cirque du Soleil but with only African acrobats. It’s a project of Austrian artist André Heller whose work I really like (he also made the Swarovski Crystal Worlds which are just plain beautiful).

The show was amazing. I’d seen it one and a half years ago already, this time they had a new program (I’d say about 50% was actually new, but the parts I had seen before I had no problem with watching again).
It’s a two hour festival of the human body (how the hell can you move your body to fit through a tennis racket?), joy of living and of colours. The light show and the costumes, everything is utterly beautiful.

There’s a lot of dancing, traditional African dancing and break dancing, mostly. There’s some singing, a lot of contortion (I think some of these people are at least physically able to jump over their own shadows.) and juggling with different things (when was the point in time when somebody said “Oh, I could juggle a desk with my legs!” and who was this person?).

If you are anywhere near Vienna, go and see it! [Afterwards they will be in Graz, Barcelona, Milano and Paris. And in 2009 they’ll come to Asia.]