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Ich Armer Mensch - I, Wretched Man Image

Ich Armer Mensch - I, Wretched Man

Panorama | Vanguard

A man, caught in a vicious cycle of self-accusation and self-pity, tries to find relief by surrendering to a higher entity. Swiss tenor August Schram performs an operatic staging of Bach’s Cantata No. 55, augmented by the ancient tradition of Kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage, which provides an additional layer of open-ended symbolism to this mesmerizing piece. This is a daring film in many ways, resembling a religious painting come to life as the repentant man goes about his day, while offering an interesting interpretation of this expression of Christian faith. The music is unerringly beautiful, and the slow build of daily tasks, of the bindings increasing, and of the lyrics make for an intense sensory experience. This marvelous film encourages a multiplicity of legitimate readings of meaning and symbolism to be taken from this work by one of the great classical composers.

Screens in program I, Wretched Man

North American premiere
Country of Origin: Austria
Year: 2019
Running Time: 18 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In German with English subtitles
Cast: August Schram, Georg Barkas
Producer: Milena Georgieva, August Schram, Bastian Wilplinger
Screenwriter: Bastian Wilplinger
Cinematographer: Steven Heyse
Editor: Max Gurresch
Art Director: Coelestine Engels
Production Company: The Eel House
Print Source: aug&ohr medien


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