2012, Bulgaria/Austria, HDCAM 11min
Bulgarian, subtitles (German/English)
His 30th birthday makes Austrian media artist Christoph Schwarz accept his life as fatally misguided. Nothing was ever authentically meant honestly. An artist in residence programme in Bulgaria is used as a pretext to start life anew. With unadorned honesty “Rhodopia” describes the most intimate fears of a generation trained on maximum individuality seeking clarity and community. The omnipresent need to reinvent one’s identity turns out to be the opportunity to restart the main character’s life.
“Rhodopia” is the third part of an open series of narrated videos – preceded by “Supercargo” (2010) and “Gift Economy Worker Kyoto” (2011) – originating in Christoph Schwarz’ artist residencies. Following principles of guerrilla film-making Schwarz is actor, camera man, director and post-producer in unison. A voice-over in the local language presents the scenes - some factual, others staged - creating a mysterious atmosphere while not quite revealing the boundary between fact and fiction. / Daniel Bleninger
Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (CH)
Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche (D)
Vienna Independet Shorts (AUT)
Videoholica Varna (BG)
Espressofilm Vienna (AUT)
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