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A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue, 2010

video installation

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The Film describes a contemporary Asian Metropolis through an observational, anthropological approach of filmmaking. Each scenery in those nine episodes depicts landscape, architecture, interiors or humans from rural communities to factories, medical facilities or ancient and religious sites which all share miraculous beauty, a critical view on the cities development as well as cultural phenomenas and aesthetic explorations. Slowly establishing two characters, the film leaves its documentarian nature and progresses into a narrative, which purely follows two humans, sharing their movements in time and space letting us remember a cinema of love in the Asian context. Shot on 35 mm in only single takes without repeating any action, the production of the film itself tries to be aware of its outsider position looking at a contemporary, vastly booming Third World Country and its cultural history of 5,000 years by simply capturing and re-enacting experienced situations. Trying to avoid a clear genre definition to this film, it is entirely shot on location in the city of Mumbai and its suburbia. Both performers, Gopal and Nandhini, work on regular day jobs and live in Bombay’s suburbia--and have never participated in a film project.

The Film describes a contemporary Asian Metropolis through an observational, anthropological approach of filmmaking. Each scenery in those nine episodes depicts landscape, architecture, interiors or humans from rural communities to factories, medical facilities or ancient and religious sites which all share miraculous beauty, a critical view on the cities development as well as cultural phenomenas and aesthetic explorations. Slowly establishing two characters, the film leaves its documentarian nature and progresses into a narrative, which purely follows two humans, sharing their movements in time and space letting us remember a cinema of love in the Asian context. Shot on 35 mm in only single takes without repeating any action, the production of the film itself tries to be aware of its outsider position looking at a contemporary, vastly booming Third World Country and its cultural history of 5,000 years by simply capturing and re-enacting experienced situations. Trying to avoid a clear genre definition to this film, it is entirely shot on location in the city of Mumbai and its suburbia. Both performers, Gopal and Nandhini, work on regular day jobs and live in Bombay’s suburbia--and have never participated in a film project.

Cast: Gopal, Nandani
Director of Photography: Avijit Mukul Kishore
Assistant Director / Research Assistant: Sujata Venkateswaran
Sound Operator: Suresh Rajamani
Casting: Mario Pfeifer, Sujata Venkateswaran, Parul Wadhwa
Production /Location Manager: Dhiraj Singh
Production Assistant: Parul Wadhwa
Supported by Kodak Mumbai
Produced by [blackboardfilms]
Conceived by Mario Pfeifer

© 2010 India / Germany

Caption: Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo

Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo, exhibition view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2010
Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue 2010, 35 mm film, HD-Multiple-Projection, color, stereo, exhibition view Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2010
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Mario Pfeifer

Mario Pfeifer was born in 1981 in Dresden, Germany. His work explores representational structures and conventions in the medium of film, in locations ranging from Mumbai to California to the Western Sahara. Conceiving each project out of a specific cultural situation, he researches social-political backgrounds and weaves further cross-cultural art historical, filmic and political references into a richly layered practice, ranging from film and video installations to photographs and text installations. Often, Pfeifer collaborates on publications that reconsider these projects, offering research materials and critical investigations by writers and thinkers of related fields, concerning issues suggested in his projects for a wider social-political discussion. After his studies in Leipzig (HGB) and Berlin (UDK), Pfeifer graduates from Willem de Rooij's class at Städelschule Frankfurt in 2008. He is a Fulbright fellow in Los Angeles (California Institute of the Arts) in 2008/09. Further grants and projects lead him to Bangkok, Mumbai, Marrakesh, Beirut, Tierra del Fuego, Santiago de Chile, and New York. In 2018 he participates in the 10. Berlin Biennale. Pfeifer lives in Berlin.



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