Staatz Ende

4 minutes, 35 mm, colour, 1:1,33

Oedipus: „I but half caught thy meaning; say it again.“


I wanted to let the whole matter rest until I told and showed it to someone this year. Then I thought, most people will have forgotten about it, and even everything relating to it. I thought that this short, inconspicuous film might be able to have an effect, bring back memories, some thoughts, a dream, cause a feeling of unease, and maybe something would be carried on, at least in somebody’s mind. When I heard of his death on the phone, it was March 14th, 1987, I didn’t know what to do except pick up the camera and simply capture the things around me, a view out the window, my two dancing, ignorant children, and again my view out the window; all somewhat blurred and dark, just reflecting the situation, in which I simply wanted to do something, to stem the tears.

Sound was added later, strange recordings from a thunderstorm in the Adriatic, recorded in the summer, maybe a year later.

Michael Pilz, Vienna, 1989

Original title Staatz Ende
English title Staatz Ende
Produced by Michael Pilz
Concept and realization by Michael Pilz
Cinematography by Michael Pilz
Original sound by Michael Pilz
Edited by Michael Pilz

Austria 1989

First public screening 18 October 1989, Austrian Filmdays, Wels/Austria

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