Burning Palace

Burning Palace
Director: Mara Mattuschka, Chris Haring

Austria, 2009, 32 min

A game of desire is staged in Mara Mattuschka and Chris Haring’s “Burning Palace”: an ornate hotel interior, in it a number of imprisoned bodies whose desire is gradually unleashed —exalted, grotesque, hysterical and comical in equal proportions. The alienated soundscape of breathing, singing, and speaking provides the logical architecture for the visual development, and determines the chronology of the events, the carnivalesque of the gestures, and the materiality of the bodies with an increasing uncanniness.


2009 m. – Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany).

Section: All the Muses. Short films program “Coming Attractions“

Screenplay: Mara Mattuschka, Chris Haring

Dir. of Photography: Josef Nermuth

Music: Andreas Berger

Cast: Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Alexander Gottfarb, Katharina Meves, Anna Maria Nowak