Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX)

  • 7.6 10
  • 2006
  • 81min
Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX)
  • English, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, Russian
  • English

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.

Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX)
  • English, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, Russian
  • English
Awards
AWARDS: Golden Deer. “Dialëktus" Budapest
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Karlovy Vary IFF/ Ceske Budejovice/ IFF RIGA/ International Film Festival Warszawa/ FLANDERS IFF GENTH/ IFF Zagreb/ International Film Festival Hofer/ Jihlava - Documentary International Film Festival/ Sevilla International Film Festival/ EURODOC/ CPH:DOX/ Regensburger Shortfilmweek/ Oslo International Film Festival/ International Film Festival Bucharest/ Romania Tallin Black Nights International Film Festival/ Estonia Festival dei Popoli/ DocPoint International Film Festival/ Göteborg IFF/ Adelaide International Film Festival/ Belgrade International Film Festival/ Sofia International Film Festival/ Mar del Plata International Film Festival/ Argentina Eurodok Oslo/ Norway Thessaloniki Documentary Festival/ Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris"/ Singapore International Film Festival/ OPENING FILM OF: 4th IndieLisboa - International Film Festival/ EMAF - European Media Art Festival Osnabrück/ Il Nodo - Doc. International Film Festival/ Seattle International Film Festival / USA Krakow Film Festival/ Poland European Film Market/ Berlinale International Film Festival/ Dialëktus Festival

Life in loops, a journey to see life with psychedelia

In 1998, Austrian Michael Glagower presented his well-known documentary Megacities, which shows a compendium of characters from the social margin in the harsh urban environment of the largest cities in the world.

Twelve years later, his compatriot Timo Novotni retakes the images from this documentary and makes Life in Loops, a kind of psychedelic musical journey through an interpretation of the frames of its mother film.

In Life in Loops we feel like aboard an invisible ship that runs through the streets of New York, Mumbai, Mexico City or Moscow in search of the pieces of characters in their struggle to survive.

The images are empowered by an audacious soundtrack performed by the renowned Austrian band Sofa Surfers, who makes a versatile repertoire of experimental sounds that navigate between alternative rock and electronic mixes.

The premise of having a sample of life slid in front of our eyes is just a starting point to live a sensory experience. At the cinematographic level, the documentary is an exemplary exercise of a creative process from archive material.

It is a metalinguistic dialogue between the frames of a film that are reinterpreted to make their form live another life.

Timo Novotny
Timo Novotny Director
Michael Glawogger
Michael Glawogger Screenplay
Wolfgang Thaler
Wolfgang Thaler Director of Photography

Production Companies

Orbrock Filmproduktion