Archive of films Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX) / Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX)

2006, 80 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2006

We set off on a stunning audiovisual adventure across the continents in a remix of the celebrated film Megacities by Michael Glawogger (1997). A blend of original, unused and newly completed shots with a soundtrack from Sofa Surfers, together bringing a fascinating look at the other side of Mexico City, New York, Bombay, Moscow and Tokyo.


Multimedia artist Timo Novotny labels his new project an experimental music documentary film, in a remix of the celebrated film Megacities (1997), a visually refined essay on the hidden faces of several world “megacities” by leading Austrian documentarist Michael Glawogger. Novotny complements 30 % of material taken straight from the film (and re-edited) with 70 % as yet unseen footage in which he blends original shots unused by Glawogger with his own sequences (shot by Megacities cameraman Wolfgang Thaler) from Tokyo. Alongside the Japanese metropolis, Life in Loops takes us right into the atmosphere of Mexico City, New York, Moscow and Bombay. This electrifying combination of fascinating film images and an equally compelling soundtrack from Sofa Surfers sets us off on a stunning audiovisual adventure across the continents. The film also makes an original contribution to the discussion on new trends in documentary filmmaking.

About the director

Timo Novotny (b. 1973, Böblingen, Germany) studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is the co-founder and a member of Vidok or Sofa Surfers. He lives and works in the Austrian capital. His films have been included in various exhibitions and festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Mexico City, Sarajevo, New York and Montreal. Filmography: Wirehead (1993–1996, with N. Pfaffenbichler), The Plan (1997), Life in Malmoe (1998), CARGO (1999), Sofa Rockers (2000), Can I Get a Witness (2002), neon (2002), discube (2003).


Austrian Film Commission
Stiftgasse 6, 1070, Vienna
Tel: +43 152 633 23
Fax: +43 152 668 01

Orbrock Film Production
Schottenfeldgasse 56/23, 1070, Vienna
Tel: +43 152 225 88
Fax: +43 152 225 88

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Timo Novotny
Dir. of Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
Music: Sofa Surfers
Editor: Timo Novotny
Producer: Ulrich Gehmacher
Production: Orbrock Film Production
Contact: Austrian Film Commission, Orbrock Film Production


Timo Novotny

Film Director

Anne Laurent - Delage

Film Institution Rep.

Ulrich Gehmacher


Markus Kienzl

Film Crew

Michael Holzgruber

Film Crew


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