★ (2017)

[aka Stern, translated as Star]
Director: Johann Lurf
Part of: Diagonale
Seen on: 14.3.2018

Movies have always looked to and at the stars, the sky, at the universe itself. Lurf collected all these images from the beginning of film to movies right now into one 102 minute supercut, exploring how we look at and relate to the stars.

I liked the idea of ★, but the resulting film fell a little flat for me. I felt that the stars were disenchanted by the sheer mass of images and I would have wished that the film contributed to the magic they exude instead.

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Kreis Wiener Neustadt [Circle Wiener Neustadt] (2011)

Kreis Wiener Neustadt
Director: Johann Lurf
Part of: Viennale (short film before Cave of Forgotten Dreams)

A tour of the roundabouts in and around Wiener Neustadt.

For a movie that consists entirely of five minutes of roundabouts, Kreis Wiener Neustadt is really very funny and entertaining. But I would have appreciated a little more care with the soundtrack, which consists entirely of the motor sound of a moped. A song would have worked wonders.