Elfi Mikesch

Sog.: from Erdachte Briefe by Unica Zürn. Scen., F., Scgf.: Elfi Mikesch. M.: Heide Breitel. Mus.: Fritz Mikesch. Int.: Silke Grossmann, Heinz Emigholz (voce narrante). Prod.: Oh Muvie Film. DCP. D.: 22’. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

This short film is a demonstration piece for the exquisite framing and lighting that is typical of Elfi Mikesch’s camerawork. A technical tour de force, shot on 35mm in a cramped train compartment during a fast, nocturnal journey. Nevertheless, the film comes across like a poem as light as a feather, a small study or finger exercise completed quickly between larger tasks.
Mikesch writes: “The ‘blue distance’ is called the perspective of the boulevards of Paris, which the gaze can perceive up to the indefinite horizon. At the same time, it signifies the distance of two lovers in the letters of the artist Unica Zürn. In the film, a traveller encounters her likeness, behind which the lover or beloved hides, sublimated from the lack of proximity. A phantasmagoria between dream and reality, during a night train ride between Berlin and Basel.”

Martin Koerber


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Restored in 2020 by Deutsche Kinemathek at ARRI Media laboratory from the original 35mm negative