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Life in Loops

Documentary | A 2006 | 79'


  • Directed by: Timo Novotny
  • Music: Sofa Surfers
  • Language: English, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, Spanish with eng. subtitles
  • Distributor: Filmladen
  • Funding: Filmfonds Wien, Österreichisches Filminstitut
  • Awards: 5 Awards - Dialëktus IFF - Cindedays M Grand Prix A I’Est du Nouveau Festival du Film Best Documentary 41st Karlovy Vary 2006

  • www.lifeinloops.com

Festivals:

// Diagonale 2006 / 21.-26.03.06 / Graz, Austria
// 41st Karlovy Vary IFF / 30.06.-8.07.06/ Czech Rep. / AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM 2006
// 20th IFF RIGA / 16.-23.09.06 / Latvia
// 18th IFF Reykjavik / 28.09.-7.10.06 / Iceland
// 22nd IFF Warszawa / 6.-14.10.06 / Poland
// Ekofilm 2006 / Ceske Budejovice 06 / 9.-15.10.06 / Czech Rep.
// 33rd FLANDERS IFF GENTH / 10.-21.10.06 / Belgium + LIVE 16.10. Sofa Surfers + Timo Novotny
// 3rd IFF Zagreb / 16.-21.10.06 / Croatia
// 40th IFF Hofer Filmtage / 24.-28.10.06 / Germany
// 10th Jihlava - Documentary IFF / 24.-29.10.06 / Czech Rep.
// Sevilla IFF / EURODOC / 3.-11.11.06 / Spain
// 4th CPH:DOX / 10.-19.11.06 / Copenhagen, Denmark
// 13th Regensburger Shortfilmweek / 15.-22.11.06 / Germany
// 23rd Oslo IFF / 16.-26.11.06 / Norway
// 16th IFF Bucharest / 20.-24.11.06 / Rumania
// 10th Tallin Black Nights IFF / 23.11.-10.12.06 / Estonia
// 47th Festival dei Popoli / 1.-8.12.06 / Florence, Italy
// 6th DocPoint - Documentary IFF / 24.–28.01.07 / Helsinki, Finland
// 30th Göteborg IFF / 26.01.-5.02.07 / Sweden
// European Film Market 2007 @ Berlinale IFF / 08.-18.02.07 / Germany
// Adelaide IFF / 22.02.-4.03.07 / Australia
// 35th Belgrade IFF / 23.02.-4.03.07 / Serbia & Montenegro
// 11th Sofia IFF / 1.03.-11.03.07 / Bulgaria
// 22nd Mar del Plata IFF / 8.-18.03.07 / Buenos Aires, Argentina
// Eurodok Oslo / 14.-18.03.07 / Norway
// 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / 16.-25.03.07 / Greece
// 12th Vilnius IFF "Kino Pavasaris" / 23.03.-05.04.07 / Lithuania
// Dialëktus Festival 2007 / 10.-14.04.07 / Budapest, Hungary
// 20th Singapore IFF / 18.–30.04.07 / Singapore
// OPENING FILM OF: 4th IndieLisboa - IFF / 19.-29.04.07 / Portugal
// EMAF - European Media Art Festival Osnabrück / 25.-29.04.07 / Germany
// Il Nodo - Doc. IFF / 09.-14.05.07 / Triest, Italy
// 33rd Seattle International Film Festival / 24.05.-17.06.07 / USA
// 47th Krakow Film Festival / 31.05.-5.06.07 / Poland


Synopsis

‘Life in Loops’ is a remix of the award-winning Austrian 1997 documentary ‘Megacities’. In ‘Megacities’, Michael Glawogger, depicts the chaos of the world’s metropoles. Novotny complements 30% of material taken straight from the film (and re-edited) with 70 % as yet unseen footage in which he blends original shots unused by Glawogger with his own sequences (shot by Megacities cameraman Wolfgang Thaler) from Tokyo. ‘Life in Loops’ is not just a question of recycling but also an alternative interpretation of Glawogger’s footage. Using a loop to depict life in a big city, Novotny takes the viewer on a trip that interprets the metropolis in a completely different way to that shown in the original. The film takes the viewer to strange, dark and otherwise impenetrable parts of Mexico City, New York, Moscow, Mumbai and Tokyo and presents a cast of characters: like the man in Mumbai who changes colour every day and the pimp in New York who sells imaginary prostitutes. ‘Life in Loops’ a new form documentary with re-mix and the sound track created by Sofa Surfers as key elements. ‘Life in Loops’ won the main award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. (written by CPH:DOX)

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