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In the Basement

Im Keller
2014 / 81m - Austria
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1999 / 118m - Austria
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An interesting though somewhat predictable look into the lives of a couple of low-tier models. The themes (drugs, partying, self worth, self respect) are somewhat basic, but the acting is good and Seidl finds an interesting balance between grim scenes on the one hand and uplifting ones on the other. Solid.

I'm a big fan of anthologies, and this project sounded very promising on paper. Seventy renowned directors give their vision on the future of cinema. With just one minute per short, there isn't much time to make a point, but it's disheartening to see how few of them even managed to stick to the topic.

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The saddest part was that many of the short didn't even deal with the future, but openly referred to or praised the medium's past. There's also a lot of doom and gloom, with some very basic visions of people not caring enough about arthouse cinema, or playing movies on their phones. Your typical old-man-yelling-at-cloud stuff.

There is only a small selection of directors who seem to have understood the brief, and they struggle to make the most of their limited runtime. What remains is a complete mess, with most shorts looking like they were made on people's afternoon off, and hardly anything that stands out. A disappointment.