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

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Into the Great White Open
Innovative Cinema Short, AT/CA 2015, Farbe+SW, 16 min.
Diagonale 2015

Director, Script, Camera, Editor: Michaela Grill
Music: Philip Jeck
Additional Credits: Tonmastering: Steve Bates
Producers: Michaela Grill


An opening sequence, which first presents itself as a documentary: Into the Great White Open elevates to an Arctic panorama of dancing ice floes set to dramatic fanfares. But appearances are deceptive: is the camera moving or the floating ice? Is the ice melting or the water freezing? And then: are those ice floes or clouds? Positive or negative? William Turner or Caspar David Friedrich?