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

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The Achromatic Island
Innovative Cinema Short, AT/DK 2010, Schwarzweiß, 15 min., eOF
Diagonale 2011

Director, Script: Sofie Thorsen
Cast: Sprecherin: Anne Kozeluh
Camera: Hannes Böck
Editor: Hannes Böck, Sofie Thorsen
Sounddesign: Lukas Böck


The black and white landscape is first undefined and dissolves in gleaming brightness into something unrecognizable. What seems like image interference turns out to be an approach to a rare vision disorder: achromatopsia, the inability to perceive color and visual acuity at high light levels. How can you show what cannot be expressed? The Achromatic Island is a film on seeing and on the limits of language.

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