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SUNDAY APR 22, 02:30 PM

Megacities (1998)
Directed by Michael Glawogger
Documentary - Austria/Switzerland
90 min.
Russian, Spanish, Hindi, English (with English subtitles)

One of the most versatile and original talents in contemporary world cinema, the Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has made an art of crossing boundaries, both geographic and formal. He spans diverse, far-flung locations within a single film, often dealing with ambiguous notions of home and foreignness, and moves back and forth between fiction and documentary, sometimes combining and subverting both modes. Glawogger’s career resists classification at every turn, but whether set on the margins of the developing world or in precincts of privilege, his surprising, beautifully photographed films are testaments to his own boundless curiosity and to the endless complexity of the human condition. The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to support this retrospective, his first in the United States, which includes his widely acclaimed and much debated documentary trilogy on harsh working environments, as well as a selection of fiction features and experimental short films.

With his successful documentary, Megacities, Michael Glawogger illustrates journeys from Mumbai to Moscow to Mexico City to New York to tell what its subtitle calls “12 Stories of Survival.” Episodic snippets of life on the urban margins feature, among other figures, a junkie hustler, a dye sifter, and a nightclub stripper. Rejecting many of the rules and conventions of documentary film, Glawogger incorporates several plainly staged sequences and, even in the face of squalid conditions and harsh realities, retains an experimental and exploratory approach to form, and an emphasis on visual poetry, even majesty.


Best Documentary Award, São Paulo International Documentary Festival 1998
Wiener Filmpreis, Viennale 1998
Golden Spin Award, San Francisco International Film Festival 1999
NFB Award for „Best Documentary“, International Film Festival Vancouver 1999
Award for „Best Director“, Arsenal Film Festival Riga 2000


For further information please visit: movingimage.us/films/2012/04/19/detail/michael-glawogger


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