Film Maudit 2.0 - 2022 (presented by Highways)

2551.01 with "Life in the XXI Century"

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One-hundred years lie between Chaplin’s first feature-length film, The Kid (1920), and director Norbert Pfaffenbichler’s very loose interpretation of it. Like The Kid, this too is a story from the realm of the “lumpenproletariat,” a tragi-comic moral tale of an abandoned child and police brutality, a toxic genre blend he calls a “dystopic slapstick film.” In 2551.01, a lot more than one mask of madness can be seen. The false clown, sod, and nightmare visages, which the amateur ensemble wears, define this low-budget grotesque, which is set in the passageways of a sewer system, bunkers, and dark cellars, without windows, without daylight, without escape. — STEFAN GRISSEMANN


Norbert Pfaffenbichler (b. 1967, Austria) studied at the University of Applied Arts, MK for Media. He is an artist and curator with a passion for the “daemonic screen”: Pfaffenbichler has shaped two of his short films from Chaplin material, devoted a film to the silent film quick-change artist Lon Chaney, and called his 2013 Boris Karloff tribute A Masque of Madness. He is a founding member of VIDOK and lanolin.  www.norbertpfaffenbichler.com

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    64 minutes
  • Country
    Austria
  • Director
    Norbert Pfaffenbichler
  • Cast
    David Ionescu, Stefan Erber