Mirror Mechanics

  • Austria 
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The film as a mirror and, as a further consequence, the phenomenon of identification primarily inherent in feature films, condense to a type of essence of film's potential. This film reports on cinema and the processes within it. In doing so, it doesn't reveal any secrets, but instead, attempts to transfer – in the sense of seeing what we see – what we do in the cinema and what also can be relevant outside of film into a visually stimulating and captivating event. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)

The mirror is an instrument of deception. It can never correspond with the images presented to it, although it can reverse them, twist them into their antitheses: into counter images. It is no wonder that right from the start, the mirror has been one of the favorite accessories of melodramatic and avant-garde cinema. The mirror image's imaginary lack of physical body sums up the idea of the cinematic: illusion, shadow, projection.
In Mirror Mechanics, a young woman with wet hair glances in a bathroom mirror. She wipes across the surface with a brush of the hand: the picture that shows this scene is mirrored along the center axis, alienated in a type of double projection. That is the starting point: Siegfried A. Fruhauf subjects his material to a series of complex transformations, overlapping and intertwining variously processed image layers, double reflections, and multiple exposures. Jürgen Gruber's subtle soundtrack composed from intimated guitar feedback and electronic sound details gives the film an aura of smoldering aggression: the foundations of a thriller.
The final and most decisive reflection in Mirror Mechanics finally leads from the inside to the outside: toward gently rippling surfaces of water and a return to perfect symmetry, to a scene at the beach, in the scratched film reflection, an anonymous young woman with wet hair. (Stefan Grissemann)




  • Original Title
    Mirror Mechanics
  • Direction
  • Sound
    Jürgen Gruber
  • Runtime
    7 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • 2005 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
    • 2005 Cannes - Sémaine de la Critique
    • 2005 Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • 2005 Edinburgh - International Film Festival
    • 2005 Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
    • 2005 Grimstadt - Kortfilmfestivalen
    • 2005 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • 2005 Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
    • 2005 Jihlava Documentary Film Festival
    • 2005 Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
    • 2005 La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
    • 2005 La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
    • 2005 Leeds - Int. FilmFestival
    • 2005 Linz - Crossing Europe
    • 2005 Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
    • 2005 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
    • 2005 Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
    • 2005 New York Shorts International Film Festival
    • 2005 Odense - Int. Film Festival
    • 2005 Paris - L'Etrange Festival
    • 2005 Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
    • 2005 Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
    • 2005 Taipei - Golden Horse Film Festival
    • 2005 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2005 Utrecht - Impakt Festival
    • 2005 Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
    • 2005 Villeurbanne - Festival du Film Court
    • 2005 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
    • 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • 2006 Edinburgh - Kill your timid notion
    • 2006 Gainsville (USA) - FLEX
    • 2006 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2006 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • 2006 Paris - Némo Festival
    • 2006 Puchon/Korea - International Fantastic Film Festival
    • 2006 Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
    • 2006 Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
    • 2006 Split - Festival of New Film and Video
    • 2006 Tampere - Film Festival
    • 2006 Wiesbaden - exground on screen
    • 2006 Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
    • 2007 Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale

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