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. This electrifying combination of fascinating film images and an equally compelling soundtrack from Sofa Surfers sets us off on a stunning audiovisual adventure across the continents. The film also makes an original contribution to the discussion on new trends in documentary filmmaking. Written by
KARLOVY VARY IFF 2006
impressive movie-documentary, one of the most amazing filmworks i have seen lately. the power is not in the images themselves, nor in the spoken words themselves or in the music itself, but in the way they feed each other in the fortes and pianos of the score of the movie, which flows like a symphony where everything achieves its own meaning at the right time with the right tempo and the right volume in the right light and signification: it all works symbiotically and emotively like as guided by a heartbeat metronome. the original dub/techno/trance groove, scripted for the movie by sofa surfers, drives to resonance colors, lights and dramatic power of the film images; it creates a wonderfully timed counterpoint with the frantic monologues, a patchwork of urban philosophy over the sense of life and junk reaction to the nonsense. music calls for the whole body to vibrate with the eyes and brain: it's a full-immersion multimedial experience, which has to be lived in a dolby-surround theater with a large screen: eyes, ears, heart, guts and nerves are all called to participate in the rhythm of the movie. and this is the reason why i don't personally think it's worth it to be watched on a DVD at home.
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