Archive of films THE / THE

2015, 13 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2015

Although entirely abstract, even this horror film employs suspense and shock to upset our equanimity. This time, a mysterious epidemic isn’t out to annihilate humanity, but the film itself. The horror approaches. But from where? The terrifying sounds will provide a clue.…


In many horror film titles, the English article “the” specifies the origin of the terror. Not in this case, of course. In this codirected work by two established experimenters, sounds and abstractions play first fiddle, in both cases originating from the character of the horror genre, whose structure and typical style elements it conspicuously copies. Viewer discomfort arises from an abstract source, even still the film has an invasive effect, provoking unease in the audience. And when it’s all over, only cold sweat and a pounding heart remain – just like after watching any of the genre’s most successful offerings.

Viktor Palák

About the director

Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic

Billy Roisz (b. 1967, Vienna) is a leading Austrian cinematic experimenter. She has gained a name for her ability to combine experimental music with images that tenaciously lodge themselves in the memory. She is the co-organizer of the REHEAT festival. Dieter Kovacic (b. 1973, Vienna) is known mainly as a musician. Since the 1980s he has been transforming cassette players and hard disks into musical instruments, performing live under a variety of pseudonyms.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
Director: Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic
Screenplay: Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic
Dir. of Photography: Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic
Music: Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic
Editor: Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovacic
Producer: Billy Roisz
Sales: sixpackfilm

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