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12th(2010)



Amorous, Antiquated, Audacious

Katharina LAMPERT, Cordula THYM

  • Austria
  • 2009
  • 64min
  • Beta, Digi-beta
  • color/black and white
  • Documentary

Audience Award 'Best Documentary' / identities Vienna\'s Queer Film Festival 2009
 Second Place DOKULA Audience Award / Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg 2009

 

 

Katharina Lampert and Cordula Thym’s ambitious film project deals with the lives and networks of lesbians in Vienna in the 1950s and 60s. What communities and places were there, and how public, i.e. accessible, were they? How did women organize themselves? How did they present themselves to the outside world? And what did it mean to identify as a lesbian at that time? Information like this is hard to find and is often passed down through history in oral stories or rumors.


 

 

A film about the (in)visibility of lesbians who lived in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Wien, Austria. The documentary follows the history of 1950’s and 60’s lesbians, who existed but remained invisible historically. Lesbians were tabooed at the time and couldn’t appear on the surface. However, they created their own culture and space where they could find and communicate with each other. Through the voices of Rosmarin, Ursula, and Bridget, the three spirited and attractive lesbians who were most active back then, the director tells how lesbians met, where they went, how they found their identity, and how they solidarized with each other. They also bring up many untold stories of their past: how the first love with female school teacher went by: how they disguised their identity wearing a way too girlish blouse and marrying a gay man: how one of them realized her identity watching Children’s Hour, starring Audrey Hepburn, on a date with her boyfriend: how they overcame the suicidal drive or depression. Through these bumpy histories and experiences, they have actively engaged in cultural and artistic activities without a moment of hesitation in admitting their identity. Today, they are still passionate about love and communication, being the source of happy spirit to their colleagues and youngsters. This film does not only listen to their stories but magnifies the imagination through restructuring Wien and time traveling with the audience to the past. (CHO Hye-young)

Director

  • Katharina LAMPERTKatharina LAMPERT

    Katharina Lampert was born in Vienna in 1976. She studied conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has done solo and group projects in the fine arts and film. Amorous, Antiquated, Audacious is her first joint project. Cordula Thym was born in Tyrol in 1977. She studied film editing at the Film Academy in Vienna and worked as a sound director and editor. She directed Beyond Borderline (2002), edited Echos (2006), directed sound part Hana Dul Sed (2009).

  • Cordula THYMCordula THYM

    Katharina Lampert was born in Vienna in 1976. She studied conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has done solo and group projects in the fine arts and film. Amorous, Antiquated, Audacious is her first joint project. Cordula Thym was born in Tyrol in 1977. She studied film editing at the Film Academy in Vienna and worked as a sound director and editor. She directed Beyond Borderline (2002), edited Echos (2006), directed sound part Hana Dul Sed (2009).

Credit

  • ProducerKatharina LAMPERT, Cordula THYM
  • Cast Rosmarin FRAUENDORFER, Ursula HACKER, Birgit Meinhard-SCHIEBEL
  • Screenwriter Katharina LAMPERT, Cordula THYM
  • Cinematography Leena KOPPE
  • Editor Katharina LAMPERT, Cordula THYM
  • Music Sara JOHN, Magdalena GRÜTZBAUCH
  • Sound Cordula THYM