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MARCHING GAILY

MARCHING GAILY

US Premiere

Director: Alexander Hahn & Ralf Jacobs

Austria, 2001, 5 min

Shooting Format:MiniDV

Festival Year:2002

Category:Documentary Short

Sales:Ideal Films, Burgg. 75-77/8, a-1070, Vienna, Austria - T: +43 1 524 17 26

Synopsis

Summer 1999, in the center of Vienna: two very dinstict parades took place simultaneously on the same street. One was a policemen's parade; the other a celebration of gay pride. Because the policemen didn't want to march hand in hand with the Gay Movement, a typical Austrain solution was found: while the gays marched clockwise, the policemen marched counter-clockwise.

About the director

Alexander Hahn: Born in 1967, in Riga/Latvia (German Citizen). Film director. Studied at the National Film Academy Vienna. Lives and works in Riga and Vienna. His first feature film "Far Away From St. Petersburg" received 1993 the Gold Special Jury Award at the Houston Int. Film Festival and was shown at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. Ralf Jacobs: born in germany (1969) grown up in Austria studied at the University of Music and Arts, Vienna, Department Film and Telvision, editing and cinematography (1993-1999). Master DoP-Class with Gordon Willis 1998 in USA graduated in cinematography 1999: Master of Fine Arts, diploma with honors; works since 1999 in Vienna,Austria, as director and cinematographer

Filmmaker's note

Message from the directors:Unfortunately we can`t_come_to_your_festival,_because_the_department_of_our__goverment,_which__decides_to_pay_flights_to_festivals,_says:_this_films_is_not_good_enough._Although_"Marching_Gaily"_has_now_been_shown_at_more_than_20_festivals_all_over_Europe_and_has__been_selected_by_the_British_Film_Institute_for_a_regular_theatrical_run_in_England,_the_film_has_never__been_allowed_to_screen_in_Austria.__In_1999_we_shot__the_footage_of_this_film_for_a_feature-length_documentary_about_Austria._In_the__year_2000_the_political_situation_in_Austria_changed:_The_two_right_wing_parties_came_to_power_(ÖVP__and_FPÖ,_the_party_lead_by_infamous_right-wing_populist_Jörg_Haider)._As_a_protest_against_this_new__government,_several_Austrian_directors_decided_to_make_films_expressing_their_disapproval.__Our_Idea_was_to_take_the_1999_raw_footage,_and_create_an_entirely_new_film_out_of_this_material,__commenting__the_new_political_situation_we_were_encountering._Alexander_Hahn_and_Ralf_J

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