THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT

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THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT  is a movie about the artist Daniel Spoerri. Actually it's a movie about a thought by Daniel Spoerri: a movie almost without Daniel Spoerri, actually he is mostly re-enacted by a child - not to say anything less than that everything always goes on in life somehow, even if you die in between.

SYNOPSIS
Daniel Spoerri arranges things into one of his assemblages as if he were contributing something to the order of life. Oskar Salomonowitz, the filmmaker´s son, vividly brings the artist´s thoughts closer to us, as if they were his own. The spoons of the late father of Anja Salomonowitz are added to the cycle of life. People die, things remain. By also updating Daniel Spoerri´s past through the child, the film courageously undertakes a new documentary path of cinematic, biographical representation. Spoerri´s father, Isaac Feinstein, was murdered in the Holocaust and Spoerri´s life was shaped by this disappearance. In his work, he says, the things found at the flea market, which he collects and nails to the wall as compositions, no longer disappear. He has captured life for a moment.
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Daniel Spoerri creates art out of found objects that lose their function as soon as he integrates them into his works. Anja Salomonowitz makes films that are devoted to the visualisation of times and conflicts. THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT stands at the crossroad between both and intertwines their work in a very personal way. The film’s title already suggests that it does not aim to represent anything, but wants to give: Salomonowitz thanks Spoerri with a portrait that binds his work with objects back to his biography again and again: Spoerri, born Feinstein, is the son of a Romanian Jew who was abducted and murdered. At the same time, the film looks ahead and extends its memory into the future by staging Salomonowitz’ son Oskar as a stand-in and opposite of Spoerri. Nothing is lost but is merely reassembled in surprising ways. 
Dominik Kamalzadeh, Filmjournalist, Vienna


Akin to a part song, Anja Salomonowitz’s tender approach to artist Daniel Spoerri is arranged for several voices. The first is the artist himself, a fascinating man of multiple talents. The film mainly focuses on his work with objects, his so-called snare pictures. Those pictures are also the second voice as the film uses them to create an idea of resurrection. Cycles are renewed, life begins again. The third voice belongs to Salomonowitz’s dead father and the act of mourning that loss. The fourth voice belongs to her son Oskar, who re-enacts statements by Spoerri. The fifth voice is connected to the pogrom in Romania during World War II. Spoerri, who comes from a Jewish family, lost his father in that time. Largely shot at Spoerri’s workshop, the film connects all these voices and has them overlap, finding a beautiful way of illustrating both how to reach out and greater selfunderstanding. Resurrection, the film tells us, is possible when one finds a way to accept death. There are films as letters, films as songs, films as poems but one rarely hears about films as being gifts. Salomonowitz gifts us an understanding of how beautiful and necessary it can be to give a film as a present. 
Patrick Holzapfel, Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival
 

QUOTES

“... There are films as letters, films as songs, films as poems but one rarely hears about films as being gifts. Salomonowitz gifts us an understanding of how beautiful and necessary it can be to give a film as a present.”

Patrick Holzapfel, Viennale, Vienna International Filmfestival

"A remarkable meditation on life."
Thomas Taborsky, Die Furche

"But what's probably the most beautiful thing about this lovingly drawn film collage is how it manages to effortlessly and playfully give impressions into a world of ideas that evokes a much more fundamental reflection on art."
Ania Gleich, skug


“With THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT, Anja Salomonowitz enters Daniel Spoerri’s world and without translating it, without simplifying it, succeeds in the perilous art of opening a hallway toward its core. The dialogue between Spoerri’s and Salomonowitz’s creation works like a charm and the viewer, third party in it, ends up with a sense of intimacy with both artists.”
Déborah Laks, Researcher, CNRS Paris

“It’s an inventive film, made of simplicity and profoundness.”
Eva Sangiorgi, Viennale, Vienna International Filmfestival

“The rage to collect, the assemblages as memento mori, death: as Salomonowitz‘s film reflects, it reaches far beyond the usual artist documentary. She shows that Spoerri‘s accumulation of all the doll‘s heads, spoons and hearts is not an end in itself, but that they enter into a new cycle through him.“
The Gap, Nina Schedlmayer

“This film is not a conventional artist‘s biography, but actually a beautiful, unexpected gift to all of us.“

Falter

 
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WITH DANIEL SPOERRI | OSKAR SALOMONOWITZ | FEDERICO VECCHI
 
SCREENPLAY AND DIRECTION ANJA SALOMONOWITZ
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ELEONORA CAMIZZI
DRAMATURGY ROLAND ZAG
CAMERA UND ORIGINAL SOUND MARTIN PUTZ
EDITING  ELEONORA CAMIZZI | PETRA ZÖPNEK AEA
MUSIC BERNHARD FLEISCHMANN
SOUND DESIGN VERONIKA HLAWATSCH         
MIX BERNHARD MAISCH
GRADING BERNHARD SCHLICK                  
GRAFICS PEACH WIEN
TRANSLATIONS MARISA BURKHARDT | PIERRE-EMMANUEL FINZI | YAEL SALOMONOWITZ
 

PRODUCER ANJA SALOMONOWITZ
 
SUPPORTED BY
ARCHIVIO CONZ
BUNDESMINISTERIUMKANZLERAMT - KUNST UND KULTUR
ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERFORMANCE AGENCY  

© ANJA SALOMONOWITZ 2019

ALL PRESS STILLS ⓒ THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | ANJA SALOMONOWITZ
 
Please use the photo Daniel Spoerri and his assistant Federico Vecchi and Oskar Salomonowitz with Federico Vecchi together if possible. The same applies to the photos at the workplace/desk: Please combine the artist with the child if possible.
Thank you

UPCOMING EVENTS | SCREENINGS

 

We are pleased that this event could be postponed:

CCS CENTRE CULTUREL SUISSE. PARIS
THU, 06 SEPTEMBER 2020 | 6 PM

38 RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS
75003 PARIS, FRANCE



A PICNIC BY AND WITH DANIEL SPOERRI | 6:00 PM

TO GIVE IS BEAUTIFUL,
 TO GIVE AND TAKE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL : 
A PICNIC EXCHANGE

THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES | 8:00 PM

www.ccsparis.com




YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS
SCREENING DATE TBA
WELTMUSEUM WIEN
HELDENPLATZ, 1010 WIEN

SCREENING IN THE EXHIBITION STORIES OF TRAUMATIC PASTS
7 OCTOBER 2020 - 3 APRIL 2021
www.archiveofamnesia.akbild.ac.at



PAST EVENTS

 

MUMOK

MUSEUM MODERNER KUNST STIFTUNG LUDWIG WIEN
AN EVENING FOR DANIEL SPOERRI

TEAM PREVIEW | MARCH 28, 2019

www.mumok.at




ART BERLIN

FAIR FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

SEPTEMBER 11 - 15, 2019
SCREENING DATE | SEPTEMBER 14TH 2019 | 11:30 AM

www.berlinartweek.de




ARTECINEMA NAPLES

24th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON CONTEMPORARY ART

OCTOBER 9 - 13, 2019
SCREENING DATE | FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH 2019 | 6 PM

www.artecinema.com




PARIS INTERNATIONALE

OCTOBER 16 - 20, 2019
SCREENING DATE | OCTOBER 19TH 2019

www.parisinternationale.com


JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 25 - 29

http://www.ji-hlava.com



VIENNALE’19

VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCREENING #01 | 02.11.2019 | 9 PM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS



SCREENING #02 | 05.11.2019 | 1:30 PM

METRO KINO

www.viennale.at



VIENNA ART WEEK

PREVIEW WITH A TALK AS A PART OF VIENNA ART WEEK
IN THE PRESENCE OF ANJA SALOMONOWITZ | MODERATION: DIRK STERMANN
IN COOPERATION WITH VIENNA ART WEEK

17.11.1911 AM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS
www.stadtkinowien.at



AUSTRIAN CINEMA PREMIERE

IN THE PRESENCE OF ANJA SALOMONOWITZ, DANIEL SPOERRI AND THE TEAM

SZEKELY GULASCH À LA SPOERRI
AFTERPARTY WITH LITTLE JOE'S GANG | DJ-SET & MERCH ICH BIN ETWAS SPOERRIG

IN COOPERATION WITH STADTKINO WIEN & THE EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND IN AUSTRIA

06.12.2019 | 7 PM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS
www.stadtkinowien.at


AN ART MATINEE

ALEXANDER HORWATH IN CONVERSATION WITH ANJA SALOMONOWITZ ON CINEMATIC ARTIST PORTRAITS

IN COOPERATION WITH DIE PRESSE
08.12.2019, 2 PM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS

www.stadtkinowien.at


RECHBAUERKINO

GERALD LAMPRECHT (CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES, UNIVERSITY GRAZ) IN CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER ANJA SALOMONOWITZ

AN EVENT BY STADTKINO FILMVERLEIH & CENTRUM FOR JEWISH STUDIES, UNIVERSITY GRAZ
9.12.2019, 6:30 PM

www.filmzentrum.com






ALLE SIND VON IRGENDWO HER

JULIA KALDORI (EDITOR IN CHIEF WINA) IN CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST DANIEL SPOERRI

AN EVENT BY STADTKINO FILMVERLEIH & WINA DAS JÜDISCHE STADTMAGAZIN
11.12.2019, 7.30 PM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS

www.stadtkinowien.at




KUNST UND FILM

CHRISTOPH KELLER (LANDESGALERIE NIEDERÖSTERREICH) IN CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER ANJA SALOMONOWITZ

AN EVENT BY STADTKINO FILMVERLEIH UND KINO IM KESSELHAUS
12.12.2019, 6:30 PM

KINO IM KESSELHAUS

www.kinoimkesselhaus.at


PRESENTATION LIMITED EDITION
GALLERY URSULA KRINZINGER
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING 11 AM

DVD EDITION (NUMBER OF COPIES 50 PCS. SIGNED) | PRESENTATION 12:30 PM
SA, 18 JANUARY 2020 | 11 AM

www.galerie-krinzinger.at



FILM + TALK

COOPERATION WITH NATUREHISTORICAL MUSEUM VIENNA
MARGIT BERNER (NHM) IN CONVERSATION WITH ANJA SALOMONOWITZ
TH, 23 JANUARY 2020 | 6:30 PM

STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS

http://stadtkinowien.at/news/545/


MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM
SAT, 29 FEBRUARY 2020 | 5 PM
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE EXHIBITION:
MULTIPLIED: EDITION MAT AND THE TRANSFORMABLE WORK OF ART, 1959 -1965
FEBRUARY 7 - APRIL 19, 2020
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING WITH ENGLISCH SUBTITLES | 5 PM
www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu



ORF KULTURMONTAG
MON, 23 MARCH 2020 | 00 AM
ORF 2 | tv.orf.at
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF DANIEL SPOERRI ON 27 MARCH
ORF BROADCAST IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION



DIAGONALE 2020

WED, 25 MARCH 2020
www.diagonale.at
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

AS PART OF DIAGONALE 2020 | 24.-29. MARCH, GRAZ

CANCELLED



FRANZ GRABNER PREIS
THU, 26 MARCH 2020
NOMINATED IN THE CATEGORY CINEMA
https://www.franzgrabnerpreis.at/
CANCELLED



STADTKINO WIEN
SUN, 29 MARCH 2020 | 4 PM
STADTKINO IM KÜNSTLERHAUS
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING IN ORIGINAL VERSION
www.stadtkinowien.at
CANCELLED



LES ABATTOIRS MUSÉE
FRAC OCCITANIE TOULOUSE
THU, 19 MARCH 2020
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES
https://www.lesabattoirs.org/
CANCELLED




KULTURNO INFORMATIVNI CENTAR
ARTERIA // ZAGREB
TUE, 24 MARCH 2020
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | SCREENING WITH CROATIAN SUBTITLES
http://www.kic.hr/
CANCELLED



THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | BUCHAREST - AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM
BMEIA / sixpackfilm online-cinema
Bucharest - Austrian Cultural Forum
01 MAY 2020 - 01 JUNE 2020
STREAMING via https://www.bmeia.gv.at/kf-bukarest/
Online initiative by Sixpackfilm and Sonja Reiser (responsible for film at the Austrian Foreign Ministry)


THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT | MOSCOW - AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM
BMEIA / sixpackfilm online-cinema
Moscow - Austrian Cultural Forum
01 MAY 2020 - 01 JUNE 2020
STREAMING via http://www.akfmo.org/de/events/
Online initiative by Sixpackfilm and Sonja Reiser (responsible for film at the Austrian Foreign Ministry)


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CONTACT

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n.shetler@stadtkinowien.at

Ich bin etwas spoerrig

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ICH BIN ETWAS SPOERRIG
©NIKI WEITZER
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EDITION

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PHOTO: courtesy Galerie Krinzinger, Anja Salomonowitz und Daniel Spoerri, photo Anna Lott Donadel

DVD LIMITED EDITION

THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT| 72 minutes | 2019 A film by Anja Salomonowitz
WITH Daniel Spoerri | Oskar Salomonowitz | Federico Vecchi


CAMERA Martin Putz
EDITING Eleonora Camizzi & Petra Zöpnek AEA
SOUND DESIGN Veronika Hlawatsch
MUSIC Bernhard Fleischmann


DVD in cardboard packaging (approx. 22.5 x 16 x 2.5 cm)
stamped (attention oeuvre d‘art)
signed by Daniel Spoerri

Language: German, optionally with English subtitles

Edition of 50 + 20 e.a
Price : 190,- € (excluding VAT)