Constanze Ruhm, Christine Lang

Kalte Probe
Austria, Germany 2013

13.02. 17:30 OmEU Arsenal Cinema 1
15.02. 21:30 OmEU Arsenal Cinema 2

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The director Hans – once famous and successful – has landed at a low point in his career. He finds himself caught up in an intrige spun by a pair of dead actresses who are languishing away in hell. They invent a story for Hans, performing a fantasy of actor’s revenge. Hans unwittingly winds up a character in a plot that ends in his own death. In this nightmare, all the important women in his life come to meet him once again. Aside from them, there’s the TV moderator Josephine Le Caro; her assistant Viens Ici; the reincarnation of a David Lynch character named Grace Zabriskie; Serge Gainsbourg; Carol, a famous actress who was locked in the closet as a vendetta by her make-up girl more than a hundred years ago; a talking donkey; a stuntman dressed up as a duck; a nameless, hapless TV show contestant; and finally Freud and Lacan. In the end, Hans meets himself as a child in a run down park. Eventually he has to accept the fact that he has landed once and for all in the great beyond. 

Constanze Ruhm is an artist and curator. Since 2006 Professor for Art and Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. International exhibitions, film festivals, projects in public space, publications, and symposia. Filmography: Trailer.Park (2011) with Christine Lang, Crash Site / My_Never_Ending_Burial_Plot (2010), X Love Scenes / Pearls without a String (2007), X NaNa / Subroutine (2004), X Characters / RE(hers)AL (2003/4), A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight (2001), Evidence (1999), Apartment (1999), Travelling / Plan 234 / Extérieur Nuit (1999/2005)

Christine Lang works at the borders between film, theory, and pop culture as a filmmaker, author, curator, and DJ. Since 2009 various artistic collaborations with Constanze Ruhm. She teaches in the program screenwriting/dramaturgy at the HFF “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Filmography: Trailer.Park (2011) with Constanze Ruhm, Das Fachgespräch ( 2011), Quio: Rising Tide (2008), The Courage, The Cars & The Church (2007), „Gloria“ (2006), Quio: So Dazed (2006), Die Babysitterin (2005), until 1998 music videos (for Tarwater, Quarks a. o.).

Format: HD Video
Running time: 90 min
Director, Script: Christine Lang, Constanze Ruhm
Actors: Dominic Oley, Judith van der Werff, Franziska Hackl, Elisa Seydel, Irina Kastrinidis, Mikis Kastrinidis, Sabine Vitua, Maya Henselek, Agnieszka Wellenger, Stefan Wieland, Caroline Peters, Brigitta Furgler, Philipp, Andrej Rutar, Wolfgang Klivana, Konrad Oley, Christoph Dreher, Theresia Ranner, Eddie, Jessyca R. Hauser
Assistant director: Natalie Schwager
Cinematography: Dirk Lütter
Production manager: Juliane Beer
Production advisor: Eva-Maria Weerts
Camera assistant: Lukas Heistinger
Gaffer: Mathias Becker
Scenography: Maria Schöpe
Art direction: Laura Nasmyth
Costume design: Max Wohlkönig
Make-Up: Anna Klobassa
Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, BALTHAZAR Production