Official Selection 2020 / Festival
Constanze Ruhm

The Notes of Anna Azzori / A Mirror that Travels through Time

Austria, Germany, France / 2020 / Color and B&W / HD, Dolby Stereo (SR) / 72’
International Premiere

To begin with, Anna, was a young woman who used to be a drug addict, and pregnant now. underground film-maker Alberto Grifi and renowned actor Massimo Sarchielli met her in Rome’s Piazza Navona on a January day in 1972: she’s going to be the subject matter of their film Anna. All through the long takes – as video authorized them back then -, they observe her, ask her to do another take, letting her improvise her own life. An overflowing film, a key work from the Seventies, between cinéma vérité and political/theoretical cinema: in it, Anna is an object more than she is their subject. Who was she? Who would she be today? What is it she gives a name to? What will she have been? What Constanze Ruhm undertakes here is exactly such an inquiry. For her, it’s a matter of questioning the film itself as an instrument of the young woman’s oppression; to examine this assigned place of a « Guinea pig » and the object of the film’s « poorly concealed sadism », as Grifi acknowledged it twenty years later. First of all, for Ruhm , the material will be Anna, revisited in terms of its falls, its sounds and images, the off camera bits not kept for the film, the outside in and its unspoken words as she works through them again, mixing, scrutinizing, rehearsing, haunting the film like obsessive ghosts. Such a step aside will surely call for other ones. Thus, those who are summoned include Piazza Navona revisited as the political scene of another history; Daphné d’Ovide and her voice moving across the film as in an ancient choir; and a cast of today’s young women in the guise of potential nymphs. A sequence is gradually built, as in a tight skein, against the place reserved for women, from the Seventies to the present, where archives of feminist struggles are brought to light in their full resonance. A change in point of view, therefore, for Anna’s deep portrait whose voice, at times real, at times nourished with notes the film-maker lends her for the occasion (the “notes” in the title), guides us through a reflection of struggles of its time as well as our own. A way of letting her enter another frame, one that fits her, giving her speech back, and a name. (N.F.)

Film presentation by the director

Technical sheet

Original version : German, Italian.
Subtitles : French.
Script : Constanze Ruhm.
Photography : Hannes Böck.
Editing : Hannes Böck, Constanze Ruhm.
Music : Gaël Segalen.
Sound : Sebastian Meyer.
Casting : Gemma Vannuzzi, Mona Abdel Baky, Kheda Durtaeva , Law Wallner, Lia Wilfing, Livia Szankowsky , Judith van der Werff.
Production : Balthazar (Constanze Ruhm).
Distribution : Sixpackfilm (Dietmar Schwärzler).

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Constanze Ruhm - Austria

Filmography

  • Gli appunti di Anna Azzori / Uno specchio che viaggia nel tempo, 2020
  • Comparing Local Spectres, 2015
  • Panoramis Paramount Paranormal, 2014-16 (co-réalisé avec Emilien Awada)
  • Kalte Probe, 2013 (co-réalisé avec 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
  • Travelling / Plan 234 / Extérieur Nuit, 1999/2005
  • Evidence, 1999
  • Apartment, 1999

Festival

Synopsis

Igor et Ivan Buharov Ayahuasca, radio waves, paranormal phenomena…Here are some of the ingredients of this new work filmed in 8mm by the Buharov brothers – an unfettered fantasy. In...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
23.07.2021 - 16:00
Vidéodrome 2
24.07.2021 - 10:30
La Baleine
21.07.2021 - 21:30
Variétés 1
Synopsis

Sara Klingemann To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Saumery psychiatric clinic is organising a conference on the theme of “traumatic intelligence”. “ While preparing for the party,...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
21.07.2021 - 16:30
Vidéodrome 2
24.07.2021 - 14:00
Vidéodrome 2
25.07.2021 - 18:00
La Baleine
Synopsis

Jorge Leon “February 2020, a man is giving his testimony. His words are being collected by an inspector, and unveil the implacable alienation which has been informing his lived experience...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
21.07.2021 - 21:00
Variétés 2
22.07.2021 - 16:00
La Baleine
25.07.2021 - 16:30
Variétés 2
Synopsis

Alain Mazars The title says it all: the future articulated through the past. Filmed in 16mm, against the backdrop of ruins in brilliant light, a little mute boy and a little girl who doesn’t...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
21.07.2021 - 21:00
Variétés 3
23.07.2021 - 20:00
Variétés 2
24.07.2021 - 16:00
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

Guillaume Lillo In the cars that pick him up as he hitchhikes, the voice of a young man we’ll never – or hardly – see, describes in detail the depression that brought him to the medical...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
21.07.2021 - 12:15
Vidéodrome 2
22.07.2021 - 16:00
Variétés 3
25.07.2021 - 14:00
Variétés 3
Synopsis

Maïder Fortuné, Annie Mac Donell After Communicating Vessels (FID 2020) the artist-filmmaker duo Annie McDonell and Maïder Fortuné are back. Once again, the question is that of art, its...

En savoir +
Festival 2021
20.07.2021 - 14:00
Variétés 1
21.07.2021 - 18:30
Variétés 3
23.07.2021 - 10:00
Variétés 2
24.07.2021 - 12:45
Théâtre de l'Odéon
Synopsis

Maxime Martinot “One day, on the coasts of Morocco, some one hundred and fifty years ago, thousands of antelopes threw themselves into the sea.” Thus begins a two-page text from a...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
20.07.2021 - 11:00
La Baleine
22.07.2021 - 14:00
La Baleine
25.07.2021 - 11:00
Variétés 1
Synopsis

Anja Dornieden Juan David Gonzales Monroy Although aurochs, the ancestors of today’s cattle, died out in the 17th century, some people have tried to resurrect these legendary,...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
20.07.2021 - 18:30
Théâtre de l'Odéon
25.07.2021 - 11:00
Vidéodrome 2
Synopsis

Clemente Castor A white drone moves through a corridor whose walls seem to be liquefying into a digital ooze. A metallic voice, perhaps that of the drone, questions the reality of what it sees....

En savoir +
Other gems 2021
20.07.2021 - 11:00
Variétés 2
23.07.2021 - 16:00
La Baleine
24.07.2021 - 11:00
Variétés 2
Synopsis

Lucas Camargo How could we forget the razor-sharp writing of O pequeno mal (FID 2018), directed with Nicolas Thomé Zetune, which explored the secret shortcomings of a relationship. The same...

En savoir +
Other gems 2021