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ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM SCREENING
★ AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THURSDAY JAN 18 - SUNDAY JAN 28
Austrian artist and filmmaker Johann Lurf premieres his first feature film "★" at the Sundance’18 Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
A film with no answers but as many questions as there are stars in the universe, Austrian structuralist Johann Lurf has chosen an audacious and ever-expanding subject for his feature film debut: the stars of cinema. Not the movie stars, but the stars in the night's sky, pinpricks of light against the darkness excerpted from films beginning at cinema's dawn and continuing to this present day in a project that is planned to be expanded yearly. These stellar instances, riven from context with sound intact-ambient hums, grand orchestral scores, pedantic explanations, dreamy speculation—are magical fields of darkness sprinkled with possibilities. Lurf's jazzy editing, balancing tranquil concentration and jumpy jitters based on his methodology of retaining each clip's length, image and sound, sends the audience on a journey across the tones of promise and threat that emanate from the cosmos.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Johann Lurf is an artist and filmmaker, using the moving image to analyze and restructure space and film. His practice involves observational and documentary filmmaking especially in the field of structural film, as well as an approach to found footage which is strongly oriented on filmic language itself. Born in 1982 in Vienna, Johann Lurf has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London. He graduated from Harun Farocki's film class in 2009. He received the State Grant of Austria for Video and Media Art and participated in the Artist-in-Residence Programs at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles 2011, the SAIC in Chicago 2015, and in Tokyo as well as in Rotterdam 2016. His work has been shown internationally and recognized with awards in numerous exhibitions and festivals. www.johannlurf.net/star
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah