Archive of films The Souvenirs of Mr. X / Die Souvenirs des Herrn X
Austria / Germany
2004, 100 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
The documentarist discovered sixty 8 mm reels of home movies capturing family celebrations and vacations. Using the footage, he puts together a tribute to these amateur filmmakers and their desire to immortalize the fleeting moments of everyday life.
This feature-length documentary debut by an Austrian director of Iranian birth pays tribute to amateur filmmakers and their desire to immortalize outstanding moments in everyday life. It offers an unpretentious celebration of fleeting moments captured by enthusiastic dreamers who were never lauded by the general public. The symbolic Mr. X, concealed behind meters of footage of family celebrations, vacations, and “dramas” literally put together on hand and knee, represents hundreds of amateur filmmakers and their dreams of making a movie, if only for the pleasure of showing it to friends in their living rooms. Their infectious enthusiasm, which the director demonstrates using sixty 8 mm reels he discovered at a flea market, proves that the word ‘dilettante’ needn’t always be used pejoratively.
About the director
Arash T. Riahi (b. 1972, Iran) has lived in Vienna since 1982. He studied film and art, and worked for ORF/Austrian Broadcasting Network. In 1998 he set up Golden Girls Filmproduction. He has written, directed and edited many award-winning shorts, short documentaries, experimental films and commercials. The Souvenirs of Mr. X is his first feature-length documentary.
Peter Stockhaus Filproduktion
Friedensallee 7, 22765, Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 391 0963
Fax: +49 40 391 096 50
Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
Hildebrandgasse 26, 1180, Vienna
Tel: +43 1 403 0162
Fax: +43 1 403 0162
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Director:||Arash T. Riahi|
|Screenplay:||Arash T. Riahi|
|Dir. of Photography:||Marco F. Zimprich|
|Music:||Karuan Marouf & Mambo Kurt|
|Editor:||Arash T. Riahi|
|Producer:||Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Peter Stockhaus|
|Production:||Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, koprodukce / in coproduction with: Peter Stockhaus Filproduktion|
|Contact:||Austrian Film Commission, Peter Stockhaus Filproduktion, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion|
Arash T. Riahi
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