In the Beginning Was the Eye

In the Beginning Was the Eye
reż. Bady Minck/Austria, Luxemburg/2003/45 min.

The film is shown in the block [2nd] Series of films by Bady Minck. More information on the in the calendar.

Imagine a portrait of Austria created by Jan Svankmajer and David Lynch: This will give you an idea of Bady Minck’s fantastic film work entitled ”In the Beginning was the Eye”. When a writer investigates Austria through the image presented by postcards, the landscapes around Erzberg and Salzburg province become something between a dream and a nightmare. And the words on the back of the cards seep into the scene as whispers. These are terrible and painful texts, written by unknown hands over the course of time. Tension develops between picture and text, culture and landscape.

”In the Beginning was the Eye” was the figurehead of the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2003. It took five years to produce this cinematic UFO essentially made up of hundreds of postcards. At times a dreamlike vision, at times political, philosophical and even culinary, the film is technically perfect. The stunning sound and visuals and the hypnotic editing ensure that you don’t get bored for a second…


  • projection time:
    45 min.
  • country/year:
    Austria, Luxemburg/2003
  • director:
    Bady Minck
  • pictures:
    Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz, Martin Putz
  • production:
    Amour Fou Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Garabeth Film, Minotaurus Film, Oikodrom
  • selected festivals and awards:
    IFF Thessaloniki 2010, Warsaw Doc Review Warsaw 2004: Opening Film, IFF Cannes 2003, IFF Karlovy Vary 2003

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