Scene from the film Quadro
Scene from the film Quadro
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  • Austria
  • Italy

the video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste. resembling a fortress, this imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, floats on top of a hill overlooking the city.

this edifice embodies its period’s ideas of a social utopia in a bold concrete structure without any scale.

its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. the rhythm of the editing corresponds to the architectural body’s meter. constructed space is manifested in filmic time.

artist and architect lotte schreiber juxtaposes two materials, exposed concrete and glass, against super8 and digital video.

together with the intense electronic soundtrack by stefan neméth, the contemplative flow of images develops an irresistible suggestive draw. again and again the rigidly framed static shots in grainy black and white are abruptly torn apart by extremely unsteady video footage.

this video is not an architectural documentary in a conventional sense. its sole foundation is solely the filmmaker’s subjective fascination with the constructed manifestation of a radical design idea and a failed social utopia. (Norbert Pfaffenbichler)


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Lotte Schreiber, Dariusz Kowalski
  • Music
    Stefan Németh
  • Runtime
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
    • Italy
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
    • Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
    • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
    • Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
    • Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
    • Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
    • Nyon - visions du reel - Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire
    • Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
    • Pesaro - Film Festival
    • Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
    • Utrecht - Impakt Festival 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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