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

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Imperial Irrigation
Innovative Cinema Short, AT 2020, Farbe, 20 min., kein Dialog
Diagonale 2021

Director: Lukas Marxt
Script: Konzept & Realisation: Lukas Marxt
Music: Jung An Tagen
Sounddesign: Marcus Zilz
Additional Credits: Text: William L. Fox Sprecherin: Julia Scher Schnittberatung: Vanja Smiljanić, Daniela Kinateder
Producers: Lukas Marxt


Lukas Marxt strides across the dried-out Salton Sea in California. With a rolling gait, in cowboy boots, we inspect its dimensions while a woman’s voice tells of the site’s historical layers. However, rather than the real site, Imperial Irrigation deals with its images: the narratives, genres, and ideo­lo­gies that have seasoned in us, and opens them up, to fabricate entirely new ones.

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