by Albert SACKL
2011 / 16mm / color / silent / 1S / 22' 00

The title In the Open should be taken literally as the camera turns to details of a meager and untouched landscape, which serves as projection surface for exploring the cinematic apparatus, and (de)constructing cinematic space, time, and movement.
Albert Sackl analyzes these connections in the framework of a radical experimental set-up: filming took place with a continuous time-lapse interval of one image every three minutes during the northern summer until the start of autumn. Meeting in a process of analogue linearity, which condenses nearly three months into 23 minutes, are camera and landscape, enormous technical precision, and phenomena such as light, shadows, weather, color, surface textures, and the nights that continually break in and grow continually longer during the process.
This encounter of predictable, metrically defined structure and unpredictable natural processes uses the surroundings without becoming lost in them or succumbing to their aesthetic fascination. With the landscape as a site of both projection and action, it seems inevitable that people will invade this cinematic space. At first cautiously, barely perceptibly, a foot becomes visible for a moment, somewhat later, a fleeting hand. The human, a foreign body in this place, seeks a relationship to the landscape and the camera. This presence becomes continually stronger. Surfacing are also objects: a mirror, a cube, individual elements of an architectural structure, confronting nature with manmade things. And in the end, as a space forms from these diverse objects, the title In the Open seems to revert to its opposite; a space which may well be a projection room, a material reference to the ever defining apparatus: that of the cinema.
(Barbara Pichler)


distribution format 35mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 69,00 €