FILM SERIES | MICHAEL GLAWOGGER
SATURDAY APR 21, 02:00 PM
Workingman’s Death (2005)
Directed by Michael Glawogger
Documentary - Austria/Germany
German 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.
The documentary Workingman’s Death, Glawogger’s revelatory, globe-spanning monument to the manual laborer, finds—contrary to its title—several instances of backbreaking, downright hazardous work still being performed at the dawn of the 21st century. The film’s subjects include miners who illegally brave the abandoned coal pits of the Ukraine, sulfur haulers on an active volcano in East Java, butchers in a Boschian open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria, shipbreakers dismantling an oil tanker on the Arabian coast of Pakistan, and steelworkers in rapidly modernizing Anshan, China.
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