The Children of the Dead

A major film and performance project that links the performance duo Nature Theater of Oklahoma with Austrian literature Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s novel "Die Kinder der Toten"

 

Synopsis

A Super-8 silent film, that slowly transforms into a spooky story of a nature idyll going off the tracks and involving the resurrection of "undead" protagonists. A secretary suddenly finds herself confronted with an evil doppelganger and drives her übermother crazy. An embittered woodsman is pursued by his sons, who committed suicide years ago. The widow of an old Nazi film collector organizes in an abandoned factory an underground CINEMA 666, where the past can be mourned without inhibition.

A secretary (and eternal daughter) suddenly finds herself confronted with an evil doppelganger and drives her übermother crazy. Ten 'Syrian poets' are unable to adapt to 'Styrian food. ' An embittered woodsman (didn't he use to live in Lower Austria?) is pursued by his sons, who committed suicide years ago. The widow of an old Nazi film collector organizes in an abandoned factory an underground CINEMA 666, where the past can be mourned without inhibition. All these threads are united in increasingly nervous Super-8 sequences – until the film rips in the projector and the dead return from the screen to a homeland that has repressed them for far too long. What began as a clichéd idyll develops into an over-the-top trash parade of the forgotten. The words of playwright Heiner Müller still echo: "It is possible that the dead seethe with revenge." Welcome to Styria, where we want to be buried!

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