Universalove
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Universalove

a film by Thomas Woschitz / Naked Lunch

FEATURE FILM | 2008 | A, LUX, SBR | 80 min | english, portuguese, serbian, french, japanese, luxembourgish | 1:1,85

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UNIVERSALOVE is a global love story.

In Marseille, Julie's heart beats wildly when thinking of Rashid. In Tokyo, Satoshi dreams about his adored one who works in a soup restaurant but who doesn't even know who he is. In Rio de Janeiro, Maria falls for a Telenovela star. In Belgrade, acouple fight for their very existence. In Brooklyn, the thoughts of a black taxi driver lead him into the emotional abyss of jealous love. In Luxembourg, a well-settled gentleman finally comes around to showing his true feelings for a young man...

Love happens. Love takes place. Strange love. True love. Crazy love. Desperate Love. Everywhere. Every moment.
Cast: Anica Dobra, Dušan Ašković, Damien Smith, Sri Gordon, Daniel Plier, Sascha Migge, Liza Machover, Samir „RPZ“ Menouar, Magda Gomes, Erom Cordeiro,  Kyoichi Komoto, Makiko Kawai

Director: Thomas Woschitz / Naked LunchScreenplay: Thomas Woschitz, Andrea PivaCamera: Enzo BrandnerEditing: Thomas Woschitz, Frédéric FichefetMusic: Naked LunchSound: Carlo ThossProduction Management: Marie TapperoIn cooperation with: Zigafilm (Rio de Janeiro), Ribo ltd (Tokyo), Paradoxal Inc. (New York), Les Films du Présent (Marseille)
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Pol Cruchten, Jeanne Geiben, Miroslav Mogorović
Funding: Film fund Luxembourg, Filmfonds Wien, Innovative film austria - BMUKK, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Land Kärnten - Kultur, Republic of Serbia - Ministry of culture

Worldsales: Films Boutique

Distribution: Stadtkino (Austria), Neue Visionen (Germany)

 About the film

by Thomas Edlinger

 

Mathematics in sociology tells us that love is “quite a normal improbability” (Niklas Luhmann). The spread of love in this world seems as balanced as it is coincidental. With Universalove Thomas Woschitz finds love in the cities of New York, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Marseille, Belgrade and Luxembourg. Urban spaces, stretching from roads in Brooklyn and dilapidated outskirts in Belgrade to tower blocks in Marseille and a sunlit beach in Rio, become cross points of desires in a world of magic realism, embedding the exceptional in everyday life. The film creates faces full of longing that have a becharming quality: the steady gaze of a young woman on a moped, for example, or the tender kiss, powerful enough to drown out everything that is around, given, like a redeeming gift, by a woman from the Rio favelas, during the shoot of a telenovela scene, to a TV star, engulfed by his own cynicism. With many close shots and subtle gestures, the film is about quiet dreams and frantic anger, love and getting hurt, strength and weakness. It is also about the play of closeness and distance, romance and tragedy, cheerfulness and death and about carrying on in relationships, which do not seem to end or get any better.

The six episodes are interwoven by editing and music. They do not make a whole, but can be read as an elliptically narrative and emotionally compacted cinema of the senses.  The fragmented, fleeting nature of scenes that are condensed by the “universal theme” towards moments of intensity, seems to be programmatic. Some elements remain in the half-dark of suggestion and are open for atmospheric association with motifs already made familiar by world cinema.

Like a pop song, or an opera, Universalove is a film about big emotions. But, according to the director, what emerges is a musical for people, who would never watch a musical. The compulsory number revue in a musical that moves bodies in dance is substituted with music by the Austrian band Naked Lunch - fine-tuned and perfectly synchronised with the film scenes. The precisely-timed music parts orchestrate and structure the film. They are, when possible, played live to the cinema projection, thereby creating a friction of media between the partially effect-laden and artificial images and the performative directness and impetus of a highly-concentrated rock concert. The latter often depends on the turgent mood pieces of an emerging, rhythmically-propelled voice that is able to offer, in short and dramatic arcs, a sudden range from light hymnics to rough, tired melancholy.  The song and sound miniatures in the film version of Universalove are carefully mixed with the atmos of the film scenes, sometimes even drowned out by loud, eruptive passages, but allow images and characters room to breathe. This creates atmospheric connections between the episodes.

At one point, Oliver Welter sings the line, „Come closer where we are“, and, as if in defiance, a man moves away down a nocturnal road. At some other point the urban scene, which is about an enamoured drifter secretly in love with the girl next door, opens up and becomes a Wong Kar-Wei-like colourful ride around Tokyo, eventually losing sight of its characters in the light-twitching skyline. „All my life I am waiting“, is the lament of the song, and any of us could have said that.



UNIVERSALOVE is a global love story.

In Marseille, Julie's heart beats wildly when thinking of Rashid. In Tokyo, Satoshi dreams about his adored one who works in a soup restaurant but who doesn't even know who he is. In Rio de Janeiro, Maria falls for a Telenovela star. In Belgrade, acouple fight for their very existence. In Brooklyn, the thoughts of a black taxi driver lead him into the emotional abyss of jealous love. In Luxembourg, a well-settled gentleman finally comes around to showing his true feelings for a young man...

Love happens. Love takes place. Strange love. True love. Crazy love. Desperate Love. Everywhere. Every moment.

Prizes:

MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2009 - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken (Germany)

Jury-Begründung:

Ein Film, der in Marseille spielt, in Brasilien, Belgrad, Tokio, Luxemburg und New York. Thomas Woschitz nimmt uns in „Universalove“ mit auf eine große Reise und wirft an allen Schauplätzen einen lebensklugen Blick auf die Liebe, auf die Verwirrungen, die Verrücktheiten und Vergeblichkeiten der Liebe. Eine atemlose, vibrierende Odyssee zur Musik von Naked Lunch, die kein geschmacksverstärkender Soundtrack ist, sondern eine Hauptrolle spielt. Thomas Woschitz entwickelt in seinem virtuos verschränkten Episodenfilm aus der Ästhetik der Musikvideos eine junge, eigensinnige Erzählweise. Jeder seiner Figuren schenkt er einen je eigenen Bilderkosmos, einen eigenen Rhythmus, eine eigene Atmosphäre. Und am Ende hältdie Welt vor lauter Liebe für einen Augenblick den Atem an.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY FEATURE FILM 2008/09 - Diagonale09, Graz (Austria)

Jury-Begründung:
Er hat die Kamera geschultert und ist damit quer durch die Welt, durch die Welt der Liebe, gereist: In Marseille, in Tokyo, in New York, in Luxemburg, in Belgrad hat er seine Bilder gefunden. Zu der suggestiven Musik von Naked Lunch und Geschichten, die von Einsamkeit und Eifersucht erzählen, von Leidenschaft und Verzweiflung, von Telenovelas und Schwulenliebe. „Liebe findet statt. Liebe passiert“, steht in den Produktionsnotizen zu diesem Film. Bilder auch. Hier sind sie intensiv, authentisch und geheimnisvoll zugleich. Der Diagonale-Preis für beste Bildgestaltung geht daher an: Enzo Brandner für seine Arbeit an UNIVERSALOVE

 

Thomas-Pluch-Drehbuchförderpreis 2010 (Austria)

Jurybegründung:
„Mit leichter Hand führt uns der Autor zu Schauplätzen in ferne Städte, auf verschiedene Kontinente. Die Verirrungen und Verwirrungen von Liebenden – sozusagen in aller Welt , ihre Mühen, Hoffnungen und Niederlagen werden ineinander verwoben, verdichten sich zu starken Momenten inniger Begegnung, um sich schließlich wieder in Leichtigkeit zu lösen.
Das Drehbuch besticht durch sein erzählerisches Konzept, das musikalischen Formen folgt. In sechs geschickt ineinander verschränkten Episoden lässt der Autor jedes seiner Liebespaare in einem eigenen Bilderkosmos agieren. Die Abwechslung der Orte verspricht einen großen Schauwert auf der Bildebene und über die bereits im Drehbuch festgelegten Lieder und Musikstücke eine starke akustische Struktur auf der Tonebene.
Wir gratulieren Thomas Woschitz zu seinem Drehbuch für seinen Film Universalove.“



Festivals:

World premiere: Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) 04.09.2008 - 13.09.2008

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - Montreal (Canada) 08.10.2008 - 19.10.2008 

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis - Saarbrücken (Germany)  26.01.2009 - 01.02.2009

Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Germany) 05.02.2009 - 15.02.2009

Miami International Film Festival (USA)  06.03.2009 - 15.03.2009

!f Istanbul Independant Film Festival (Turkey) 12.02.2009 - 22.02.2009

Diagonale09 - Graz (Austria)  17.03.2009 - 22.03.2009

Crossing Europe - Linz (Austria) 20.04.2009 - 26.04.2009

UGC FETE L’EUROPE - Brussels (Belgium) 09.05.2009

San Joaquin International Film Festival - San Joaquin (USA) 14.05.2009 - 23.05.2009

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival - (South Korea) 13.08.2009 - 18.08.2009

FilmFestival Cottbus (Germany) 10.11.2009 - 15.11.2009

exposed filmfestival/Blickpunkt - Cologne (Germany) 20.11.2009

Festival de cinéma Du grain à démoudre - Gonfreville l’Orcher (France) 20.11.2009 - 29.11.2009

Trieste Film Festval (Italy) 21.01.2010 - 28.01.2010

Internationales FIlmwochenende Wurzburg (Germany) 27.01.2010 - 31.01.2010

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (USA) 04.03.2010 - 07.03.2010

Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (France) 15.03.2010 - 20.03.2010

Casa del Parco, Torino (Italy) 16.06.2011

Filmfest Milans (Switzerland) 25.06.2011

  

 

 

LIVE SCREENINGS

01.10.2010 Teatro Olimpico - Roma (Italy)

30.09.2010 KINO ŠIŠKA - Ljubljana  (Slovenia)  

04.03.2010 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (USA) - Opening night

28.01.2010 Trieste Film Festival (Italy)

26.01.2010 Posthalle - Würzburg (Germany)

25.01.2010 NaTo - Leipzig (Germany)

24.01.2010 Kampnagel - Hamburg (Germany)

22.01.2010 Volksbühne - Berlin (Germany)

01.11.2009 Landestheater Linz (Kammerspiele) (Austria)

25.09.2009  Das Haus - Ludwigshafen (Germany)

24.09.2009  Palace - St. Gallen (Switzerland)

23.09.2009  Treibhaus - Luzern  (Switzerland)

22.08.2009 Arena Open Air - Vienna (Austria)

21.08.2009 Moviemento Open Air - Linz (Austria) 

19.08.2009 Burghof Open Air - Klagenfurt (Austria) 

16.08.2009  Jecheon International Music & Film Festival  (South Korea)

07.05.2009 Spielboden - Dornbir (Austria) 

06.05.2009 Leo Kino - Innsbruck (Austria)

17.04.2009 Gartenbaukino - Vienna (Austria)

19.03.2009 Diagonale  - Graz (Austria)

30.01.2009 Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken (Germany) 





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THOMAS WOSCHITZ

Born 1968 in Klagenfurt. Studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome/Italy. Directed several shortfilms, e.g. “People’s Pockets and Bleeding Noses” (1995) and “Blindgänger - Duds” (1996) and the medium lengh film “Girls and Cars (2004) which have all been shown at numerous festivals, such as Venice, Locarno and the Cannes Film Festival. He also realized experimental film-installations like  “Oil Film” (1994) and  “Loop’s End (2003) or the imaginary sound  film “ moving landscape© (2002)“. Together with the music band “Naked Lunch” he realized 2005 the music/film “Closing Time”.  And he has worked as a a filmeditor on “La Capa Gira” and "Mio Cognato", both by Alessandro Piva.  He’s now working on his new music film "Universalove" and on a first feature film „The Robbers – Reloaded“.

Films (selection):
“People’s Pockets and Bleeding Noses” - Short - 1995 (Honorable Award in  Diagonale 95)
“Blindgänger - Duds” - Short - 1996 (Int. Film Festival Venezia, Clermont - Ferrand  ,Locarno, Cork, Montreal, Hamburg etc., Jury Award Trento Film Festival)
“La Capa Gira” - Editor/Featurefilm - (Donatello Award, Int. Filmfestival Berlin 2000,  Nominated for Best Editing - Silver Ribbon - Italy )
“The dream of fame”- docu short - 1999
“A little girl is dreaming of taking the veil” -  Short - 2001
"Mio Cognato" - Editor/Featurefilm (Int. Festival Locarno 2003)
"Girls and Cars" - Short - 2004 - Cannes 04, Brest04, Trieste05
"Die Joseftrilogie" - 3 Shorts - Locarno04
"Sperrstunde" - Musicfilm - 2005 Donaufestival05

 

NAKED LUNCH
 

 

Naked Lunch are:
Oliver Welter | singer, guitar
Herwig Zamernig | bass
Stefan Deisenberger | keyboards, electronics
Alex Jezdinsky | drums

Since the 1991 debut release under the German label “Big Store”, they had a number of highly app¬raised follow up releases in Europe and the USA, as well as stage performances in the whole of Europe, the US, South America and Russia. In the same period, all members also composed for various theatres, films and works for other artists.

Film Music
1996 - 2004 Josef Trilogy
2005 Until Death (TV)
2006 Earth Movements (TV)
2007 Franz Fuchs – A Patriot (TV)
2007 Love and Other Crimes

Releases
1991 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ‚Nakedʻ
1992 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ,Balsamʻ
1997 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ,Superstardomʻ
1999 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ,Love Junkiesʻ
2004 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ,Songs for the Exhaustedʻ
2004 Naked Lunch/Thomas Woschitz DVD ,Closing Timeʻ
2007 Naked Lunch CD/LP - ,This Atom Heart of Oursʻ





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