Veronika Riz, choreographer and dancer

a film by Veronika Riz

In abandoned places there runs a special time - a time at the edge, a kind of limbo. They are places that exist in a gap between yesterday and today, with no more purpose of existence, they are not inhabited, but abandoned.

Seven Old Houses in South Tyrol, abandoned, forgotten, in beautiful surroundings; seven houses, half alive, half dead; a Hotel in the Dolomites, a health spa, a doctor’s villa, an ancient estate, a train station; and four dancers and a countertenor who will tell the story of these houses, performing their ghostly quest for redemption. They will only find their peace when they unite their paths and try a new beginning in a final location, a Fort far above them all. And two actors leading the ghosts. Like the houses the dancers are hanging between life and death; like good ghosts they cannot leave the circle of their house on their own.

Background

Abandoned houses have an “air of ghosts”. In a way they are like them. Most people agree that ghosts have „unfinished business“ – they „can’t move on“ into their final peace. With human beings it usually amounts to a sudden death, an un-repented sin, something unfinished. Ghosts are condemned to flit along the endless same corridors night after night, hoping that someday somebody will redeem them, bring them to a good end. Sometimes they don‘t even know they are dead. It is only through prayer, through a redeeming deed, through a ritual that they will find redemption.
These houses share the same karma. They are neither alive (i. e. lived in) nor dead (i.e. demolished) – in a way they have died in an accident (they have been built too fast and abandoned later on). They don’t really know they are dead – a highly unnatural state. They long for some form of closure – and don’t get it. This is the eerie fascination of such places that usually, in the local tradition, become haunted houses.

27. BOZNER FILMTAGE / BOLZANO CINEMA

PREMIÈRE Samstag 20. April / Sabato 20 aprile 2013

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DIRECTED BY
VERONIKA RIZ

WRITTEN BY
EDUARD HABSBURG

ORIGINAL MUSIC
SAM BESTE

CAST
VALENTINA REPETTO
CHRISTIAN MÜLLER
MARCELA GIESCHE
FLORIAN LAUSS
EVA MARIA SCHALLER
CATHERINE JODOIN
PAOLO BACCARANI

CINEMATOGRAPHY
GUSTAV HUNGAR

EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER
MATTHEW HERBERT

PRODUCTION DESIGN
LADISLAV ZAJAC

COSTUME DESIGN
JOHANNA BARSKI

PRODUCER
ALBOLINA FILM GMBH

PRODUCTION MANAGER
ANNA LAGEDER

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
JULIANE BEER