Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Heavy Metal Detox
Innovative Cinema Short, AT 2019, Schwarzweiß, 12 min., kein Dialog
Diagonale 2020

Director, Script, Editor: Josef Dabernig
Cast: Kristina Balcanovic, Josef Dabernig, Cornelia Schintlmeister, Josef Schintlmeister
Camera: Christian Giesser
Music: Christoph Herndler
Producers: Josef Dabernig


The Diagonale’20 was cancelled due to official measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Shots of a dental work. Josef Dabernig as submissive patient, and also as artist who disassembles the procedures and bodies in fragmented close-ups, re-assembles them, and sets them to an uncanny, sacral sound collage. Destruction and recreation—Heavy Metal Detox makes palpable the transformative principles of medicine and art.