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A Prima Vista

film series: From Vault to Screen: Austria

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled this event. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

"A Prima Vista (At First Sight) is an essay about the innocence of the gaze, that first look at the world which only small children (and great filmmakers) are capable of. Without a trace of inhibition and with the curiosity of someone who has no particular plan in mind, who instead deals with what is there to see, hear, and taste. . . . Previously unreleased footage that Michael Pilz shot over more than four decades provides the raw material. Italy, Vienna's Wurstelprater (amusement park) — a farm, a Shinto celebration: these elements are divided, like musical punctuation marks, by self-portraits and portraits of friends. Film is rhythm, intuitive composition. Largo, allegro, then a switch to brief fades in and out which were done in the camera." — Michael Omasta (Michael Pilz, 2008, subtitles, 91 minutes)