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

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Short Documentary Film, AT 2010, Farbe, 17 min.
Diagonale 2011

Director, Script, Camera, Editor: Miriam Bajtala


Four clubs, four towns, and the routine of repetition. Miriam Bajtala observes the exercises of the fire department, a drama group, a gymnastics club, and a choir. The camera is visible for the protagonists and noticeably influences the procedures that are usually internalized. Practice turns into (self-)display – nervous, stealthy looks included. The film itself gradually turns into a hybrid form, seemingly documentary, but also staged.