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Girls and Cars

a film by Thomas Woschitz

DRAMA | 2004 | Austria, Canada | 28 min | Englisch, Deutsch | Color | 35mm | 1:2.35

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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.“People’s Pockets and “Bleeding Noses” and “Duds”
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.


PREMIERE: CANNES - SEMAINE DE LA CRTIQUE
Cast: Arthur Klemt, Gerhard Kubelka, Martin Honsel, Alessandro Piva, Lisa Godin, Catherine Beaudry, Gary E. Plummer, Kumar Manickam, Josie Boutillier, McKee, Linda McLean, Vanessa Perri, James Cox, Ralph J. Fournier u.a.

Director: Thomas WoschitzScreenplay: Thomas WoschitzCamera: Arthur CooperEditing: Johannes NakagimaMusic: Oliver Welter, Stefan DeisenbergerSound: Benito AmaroCostumes: Michaela Haag
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Funding: BKA.Kunst, ORF, Land Kärnten
“Girls and Cars - in a colored new world” 

Durch einsame Landstriche vorbei an Tankstellen und Motels geht die Fahrt, von der Kamera in ausgewaschene Farben getaucht, von einem melancholischen Soundtrack begleitet. Man fühlt sich an das Universum von David Lynchs‘ „Twin Peaks“ erinnert – auch hier bleibt das Handeln der Protagonisten mitunter verrätselt und Situationen lösen sich in kuriosen Szenerien auf, was von den Josefs stets gelassen hingenommen wird. Wie wahre Western-Helden sprechen sie nicht viel. Die Dialoge sind sparsam und präzise gesetzt, von den kongenialen Darstellern im Dialekt trocken serviert. Thomas Woschitz schickt seine Protagonisten durch eine skurriles Roadmovie – mit schrägem Humor und einem unerwarteten Ende. Es ist ein Vergnügen, die vier Josefs auf ihrer Reise zu begleiten, die so manche Tücken und Ablenkungen bereithält. 

„Tascheninhalt und Nasenbluten“ und „Blindgänger“ 

Schon in Teil eins und zwei der Trilogie träumen die fünf Josefs von Kanada. Sie sind als Holzfäller unterwegs und treten der Enge der Bergwelt wortkarg und mit Fernweh entgegen. Mit seinen melancholischen Antihelden, die jede Situation mit einer lakonischen Bemerkung zu quittieren wissen, verstehen es Thomas Woschitz meisterhaft, atmosphärisch dichte Bilder mit ironischen Untertönen zu schaffen. In bestechenden Schwarzweiß-Bildern konzentrieren sich die Filme auf Landschaftsansichten, Gesichter, Alltagsdetails und scheinen wie experimentelle Heimatfilme: Themen wie Eifersucht, ein Mord im Bergbauernmilieu oder der Kampf mit der Natur erinnern an dieses Genre ebenso wie der Soundtrack, der mit Versatzstücken von Volksmusik und melodramatischem Filmscore spielt. (Andrea Pollach)


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.“People’s Pockets and “Bleeding Noses” and “Duds”
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.

Prizes:
Vendom Filmfestival 2004 - Jury Prize

Festivals:
Weltpremiere: Cannes 2004 - Semaine de la Critique
Internationales Filmfestival Locarno 2004
Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival .2004 
Nevers 20.9. -25.9. 2004
Seoul Short 28.10. - 31.10. 2004
Brest 6.11. - 14.11.2004
Vendome 3.12. - 10.12. 2004
Paris Tout Court 07.12. - 14.12.2004 
Imola 8.12. - 12.12. 2004
Triest 20.1. - 27.1. 2005
53. Trento Int. Film Festival of Mountains and Exploration 30.4. bis 8.5.2005


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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