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….
Director Bady Minck
Screenplay Bady Minck
DoP Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz, Martin Putz
Editing Frédéric Fichefet
Music Bernhard Fleischmann, Dr. Nachtstrom, Sainkho Namtchylak
Sound Carlo Thoss, Frédéric Fichefet
Poems & Voices odo Hell, Friederike Mayröcker, Ernst Jandl
Producer Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu