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Dance film, 45 min, 2002

Director(s): Jan Schmidt-Garre
DOP: Martin Farkas
Editor: Gaby Kull-Neujahr

Choreography: Saburo Teshigawara
Music: Dimitri Schostakovitsch (String quartets 13, 14 und 15), performed by the Fitzwilliam String Quartett
Dancer: Saburo Teshigawara, featuring Corinna Harfouch, José Maria Tirado Nevada, and with an appearance by Ilse Aichinger


Based on a story by Ilse Aichinger

Co-produced by SF DRS, ORF, ZDF/3sat and NRK
Supported by the Bavarian Film Funds FFF
Developed and distributed with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union


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A parable on the laws of art based on a short story by Ilse Aichinger: A man wakes up. He is bound. The bonds leave him room to move. He performs in a circus. A woman tries to match his movements in the bonds; she fails to seduce him. The bound man finds a wolf in the forest. In his bonds he is equivalent to the wolf. He brings it to the circus. They perform in the circus. The woman cuts the bonds. The wolf almost kills the man. The woman shoots the wolf. The man goes away.