METROPOLIS

SAT 23.04.

01:15 P.M.

GUEST: VALÉRIE PELET

Q&A: GERMAN

Notes on a Tropical Archive

Valérie Pelet, AUT/IDN 2020, 27 min, English OV

An old tale about a woman who owned beautiful birds that were well known for their birdsong. One day they refuse to sing. In the search of the reasons for their silence, an encounter with a monkey who hides in the jungle in order not to lose his humanity also plays a role. In Valérie Pelet’s film, quotes from traditional fables and popular Indonesian films meet images of architecture and landscapes that are steeped in their imperial past. Who are the people that we watch at the sea, at markets and festivals or while observing a solar eclipse? Valérie Pelet’s essay film always remains subtle, and the questions she raises seem above all to be looking for the right addressees: What role does the regime play? Be it that of the western colonizers or the Suharto dictatorship, and how is history processed? Who was the monkey hiding from in the jungle? (mg)

METROPOLIS

SAT 23.04.

01:15 P.M.

GUEST: VALÉRIE PELET

Q&A: GERMAN

Augusts Orte

Valérie Pelet, AUT 2021, 41 min, German Original with English Subtitles

While people within Europe plan their vacation trips carefully in the month of August, others are in a less comfortable position. They also travel, not for leisure, but for reasons of existential need. Valérie Pelet follows the stages of the journey of her Moroccan brother-in-law, who has been waiting for a humanitarian right to stay in Austria since 2020. Kafkaesque descriptions of the requirements of the Schengen bureaucracy for non-Europeans meet images that – mostly by the water – show the summer idleness of those who are already in it.
The 16mm material appears to have faded from the summer heat, perhaps a hint that carefree travel in the 21st century may need to be reconsidered in a number of ways. Still, it’s not a moral call to stay at home: “People are on the beach looking for a new skin color,” says Pelet, inviting self-reflection. It might work even better when the cinema’s sun shines on your belly. (mg)