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The Joseph Triology

a film by Thomas Woschitz

Die Josef-Trilogie
DRAMA | 2004 | Austria, Italy | 65 min | German, English with Subtitles | b/w and Color | 35mm


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The Josef Trilogy [People’s pockets and bleeding noses / Duds / Girls and Cars] tells the story of the five woodcutters Josef, Josef, Josef, Josef and Josef, who bide their “monochrome” time in the Austrian mountains. They dream of Canada, but are only able to scrape together enough for an Opel Record. A young female mountain farmer, who wishes to escape her abusive father, talks the five Josefs into a coup attempt, which fails and thwarts their hopes for an early departure. Seven years later, the Josefs finally manage to leave the continent in order to embrace a new, more colourful future in Canada. But this new world turns out to be a sham and flickers in front of the Josefs like soap operas on motel room screens…


PREMIERE: LOCARNO 2004
Cast: Martin Honsel, Arthur Klemt, Gerhard Kubelka, Alessandro Piva, Jürgen Maurer, Philip Mann, Helmut Stockhammer, Ruthild Rieser, Hannes Pirker, Sarah Trampitsch, Sebastian Staudinger, Georg Pörtsch, Anton Malle, Lisa Godin, Catherine Beaudry, Gary E. Plummer, Kumar Manickam, Josie Boutillier, Morgan McKee, Linda McLean, Vanessa Perri, James Cox, Ralph J. Fournier

Director: Thomas WoschitzScreenplay: Thomas WoschitzCamera: Arnaldo Catinari, Arthur CooperEditing: Thomas Woschitz, Johannes NakajimaMusic: Oliver Welter, Stefan DeisenbergerSound: Thomas Herzog, Oliver Jerney, Joe Knauer, Benito AmaroArt Direction: Gerhard Fresacher, Hermann RiessnerCostumes: Cinzia Cioffi, Markus Kuscher, Michaela Haag
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Funding: BKA, ORF, Land Kärnten

Worldsales: The Coproduction Office
In the first two parts the four Josefs merely dreamed of Canada. Woodcutters by trade, they face the narrow confines of their mountain world with wanderlust and closed mouths. Through his melancholy anti-heroes, who respond to all situations with terse comments, Thomas Woschitz has skillfully created atmospherically dense images with ironic undertones. These films feature landscape scenes, faces and everyday details in unforgettable black-and-white images in a manner resembling an experimental Heimatfilm: Themes such as jealousy, a murder committed in a community of mountain farmers and the struggle against nature are reminiscent of the genre, as are the soundtrack with its fragments of folk music and melodramatic original score.

In Girls and Cars - in a colored new world the journey passes through remote rural areas, past gas stations and motels, bathed in faded colors by the camera and accompanied by a melancholy soundtrack. It is all reminiscent of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks”: Here too many of the protagonists’ actions are mysterious and situations lead to curious ends, which the Josefs always accept with equanimity. Like true Wild West heroes they are not overly talkative. The dialogs are sparse and precise, delivered drily and in dialect by the ideally matched actors. Thomas Woschitz sent his characters on a crazy road movie with off-the-wall humor and a surprise ending. It is a real pleasure to watch the four Josefs on their travels, which have some tricky curves and unexpected detours in store.
Andrea Pollach

DIRECTORS STATEMENT:
The Josefs started life as peripheral figures in a short-story, then they became main characters and have since taken on independent existences. As a result a short film turned into a trilogy. Actually it wasn’t me who invented the stories, it was the characters who imposed the stories on me.


The Josef Trilogy [People’s pockets and bleeding noses / Duds / Girls and Cars] tells the story of the five woodcutters Josef, Josef, Josef, Josef and Josef, who bide their “monochrome” time in the Austrian mountains. They dream of Canada, but are only able to scrape together enough for an Opel Record. A young female mountain farmer, who wishes to escape her abusive father, talks the five Josefs into a coup attempt, which fails and thwarts their hopes for an early departure. Seven years later, the Josefs finally manage to leave the continent in order to embrace a new, more colourful future in Canada. But this new world turns out to be a sham and flickers in front of the Josefs like soap operas on motel room screens…
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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 first feature film "Fools".

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, "Fools" - Featurefilm  (in preparation)





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