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Johannes Silberschneider ... Alfred Kager
Elisabeth Ebner-Haid ... Flower girl

Directed by
Virgil Widrich 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Virgil Widrich 

Produced by
Peter Janecek .... associate producer
Constanze Schumann .... assistant producer
Virgil Widrich .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Zlamal 
Cinematography by
Martin Putz 
Film Editing by
Virgil Widrich 
Art Direction by
Joachim Luetke 
Makeup Department
Michaela Maier .... makeup artist
Petra Meißl .... makeup artist
Martha Ruess .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gabriele Kranzelbinder .... production manager
Art Department
Gerald Anetzhuber .... construction assistant
Georg Wagner .... construction assistant
Sound Department
Johannes Eibensteiner .... sound assistant
Alexander Zlamal .... sound
Special Effects by
Ronald Anzenberger .... special effects
Markus Gasser .... special effects
Regine Müller .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Joachim Luetke .... matte effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Volkmar Geiblinger .... second cinematographer
Matthias Greuling .... still photographer
Thomas W. Kiennast .... gaffer (as Thomas Kienast)
Leena Koppe .... gaffer
Martin Putz .... camera operator
Music Department
Edda Breit .... musician: cello
Margarete Bruckner .... musician: viola
Amora DeSwart .... musician: violin
Katharina Gottfried .... musician: cello
Veronika Gottfried .... musician: violin
Gerswind Olthoff .... musician: viola

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The movie was shoot with a digital video camera. After filming, all images had been manipulated in the computer, printed with a regular laser printer (about 18,000 single pages) and then filmed with a 35mm film camera.See more »
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Edited into Cinema16: European Short Films (2006) (V)See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Clever and technically brilliant but almost outstays it's welcome, 28 September 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A young man who works in a photocopying shop photocopies his hand with amusement one day. However the photocopy then kicks out copies of him earlier in the day etc. He turns the machine off and locks the copies away. However he finds copies of himself repeating themselves all over his town as things begin to get out of hand.

I had very high hopes for this before I watched it because I had heard good things about it and I was mainly satisfied afterwards despite a few problems. The story could be taken as an allegory of cloning or several other things. I ignored the subtexts and focused on the fact that it was simply a clever idea at heart. Technically the film is brilliantly imaginative and worth watching. The film was shot digitally. These digital images were then all photocopied and then animated. In terms of the plot this adds eight to the copying subject but it is also an very different way to make a film.

The slight downside is that the grainy images and rough style can be a little hard on the eyes at first, but I soon forgot this as I watched it. The plot is very clever but it is just one idea. After several minutes the novelty and the freshness wears off and it starts to outstay it's welcome – I wanted it to go somewhere. The ending is good and it saves the film just as it was starting to run out of steam.

Overall I enjoyed it and there's no doubting the imagination and technical ability that went into making this. In a world where Being John Malkovich is praised then this too should be appreciated as it has similar shots if not ideas. Well worth a look – plus it's easily the best (the only!) piece of Austrian cinema I've ever seen!

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