PANORAMA: CUT BY CHRISTOPH GIRARDET & MATTHIAS MÜLLER

PANORAMA: CUT BY CHRISTOPH GIRARDET & MATTHIAS MÜLLER

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By Claudia Siefen

Listen, the wind will whip up, and you will feel the knife cutting into your lower arm. The body as a living organism is used to rejuvenating. Your body, too! There is no wound that never heals. But if you try to imagine a wound like that, a wound never healing, how would it look?

On the screen we are dealing now with 95 shots from 95 movies. The whole film is a delicate composition of movements, little twists and turns. Pressing fingers, itchy knees. Rubbing bodies, meat and fat, dandruff and scab. Peeling off tights as the metronome gives you some tender stroke. Hear the crunch of leaves, emerging in one post-traumatic symptom. The guilt and the pain. And cinema.

How would it sound and smell? «What would happen to that wound while it was carried around by your body? Will it change? Will you change?» So please, keep trusting your body, torn to pieces, hairs stripped off, slashed, infected and burned, purulent discharge and festers. These tiny pieces of skin and blood running down your neck, and knees, the back of your left hand, too. Problems such as alienation, emotional numbness, and also moral pain: the panic and the comfort, the trauma of the body, too. So don’t worry. Those who have been through intense trauma may never be biologically the same. The situations we can’t control are changing constantly. And look, Girardet & Müller are offering their help…

Directed by: Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller
Screenplay: Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller
Editor: Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller
Germany
14 min
2013

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