Halbe Welt

Half World

Science Fiction | 1993

Half World, 6 a.m.: sirens are wailing. The streets empty quickly, windows are blacked out, people seek shelter underground. The sirens stop wailing. Silence. The sun rises over the dead city and fills Half World with its lethal light. Twelve hours later: sunset, all-clear signals, life returns to the city’s streets. Good night.
This film depicts the different techniques people use to survive in an artificial world – action, love, sex and violence. A cultural melee emerges from the various languages and ways of life in the megacities of Half World. Katz is a dealer and roams the city selling old postcards of a natural world that was destroyed long ago. Herzog stands on the roof of his house every morning, armed with a chronograph, trying to pass through the sunrise. The “Whites” have monopolised the past and use old pictures of nature to produce electronic illusions for an invisible elite. The “Blacks” seize the “illusion machines” and manipulate them. And the two worlds come together in Sunny’s “Day Bar”.

Director: Florian Flicker
Script: Florian Flicker
D.O.P.: Jerzy Palacz
Sound: Bernhard Weirather
Editing: Bernhard Weirather
Music: Lonesome Andi Haller Band
Production Design: Renate Martin
Andreas Donhauser
Costume Design: Anette Schröder
Make up: Elisabeth Preindl
Producer: Helmut Grasser
Production Company: Allegro Film
Cast: Rainer Egger
Dani Levy
Maria Schrader
Mercedes Echerer
Goran Rebic u.a.
Technical data: 83 min. / Color / German / S-16mm / 35mm, 1:1,66
Festivals: Viennale 1993
International Hofer Filmtage 1993
Alpe Adria Film Festival Triest 1994
Valencia Cinema Jove 1994
Mostra Internacional de Cinema/ Sao Paulo 1994
London Film Festival 1994
Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto (Fantasporto) 1995
The Washington D.C. Int'll Film Festival 1995 a.o.
Awards: Gerardmer/ Fantastica 1994: Best First Feature
Valenciennes "Prix du Coeur"
Schwerin Film Festival 2nd Place Best Feature
Funds: Austrian Film Institute
BMUK
City of Vienna - MA7
ORF Film/Television Agreement
Filmbüro Hamburg
Kulturbehörde Hamburg

 

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