Scene from the film Carmen
Scene from the film Carmen
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A documentary about the wondrous passion of Carmen Martinek, who takes movie theaters as her lovers.
"Sometimes I think that the cinema understands me." Carmen Dido Martinek
She sees herself as being involved in a libidinous relationship with the cinema. Carmen does a little of everything at Vienna's Schikaneder cinema: She cleans and caresses it, and runs the projector. She strokes its seats and even sleeps there after long nights at the bar. It is, she admits, just like being with a person you couldn't live without. Anja Salomonowitz made a quiet little film about Carmen, observing her as she moves through the empty theater, as she puts in only brief appearances at home and immediately returns to the base station. After being forced to watch as her last theater was transformed into a supermarket, Carmen considers movie theaters to be erotic but also endangered environments. A person like Carmen is, for no better reason than such stories, the perfect star of a movie, and therefore it has the same name as she does: Carmen; 23 minutes of documentary film, subtle and full of nuances. (Stefan Grissemann)


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Hannes Anderwald
  • Editing
    Anja Salomonowitz, Gregor Wille
  • Music
    Samir Zeciri, Helmut Kahlert
  • Runtime
    23 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 1999 München - Internationales Festival der Filmhochschulen
    • 2000 Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
    • 2000 Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
    • 2000 Köln - feminale - Int. Frauenfilmfestival
    • 2000 Tel Aviv - Int. Studentenfilmfestival
    • 2001 Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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