COMEBACK

by Mara MATTUSCHKA
2005 / b&w / sound / 1S / 15' 00

An opera diva (Mimi Minus) makes her grand solo appearance. The individual stages of her transformation in the dressing room are celebrated with glamorous gestures. Masks and multiple new layers are put on until the diva is a diva. Surrounded by flowers, covered in silky garments, she seems to have reached the high point of her career. As though she wanted to celebrate this special moment, she swears the same with a deep gaze into the flame of a candle. The meditative ritual becomes a trigger for the appearance of a second, identical opera diva. This one, however, immediately transforms through the deployment of the most wonderful Mattuscha animation techniques into an aged, wrinkled version of the star with less than zero glamour appeal. A Freudian dream game begins: a strange seeming duet set on an opera stage that has an expressionist ring to it. The young diva acts with seductive gestures, with wonderful onomatopoeic song, the voice of the older diva penetrates from offstage, as though an echoing memory of the good old days, paraphrasing the performance of the younger: a duet of the orgiastic present together with a life force run dry. In the confrontation of the two figures, the young diva resists the old who tries to talk her into becoming an accomplice. But the unwillingness of the young diva to already learn of all her future experiences, sets off the decay of the old diva. Her eyeballs and underarms float through the room, blood runs from her mouth, art remains incalculably in place. The diva would rather hop innocently toward the stars. (Melanie Ohnemus)

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 46,00 €