The Impossible Picture
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    The Impossible Picture

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    Directed by

    Germany

    2016

    70 min

    • German

    Drama

    Vienna, the 1950s. A childhood captured on 8mm film, documented by thirteen-year-old Johanna.

    Awards

    • The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award - Göteborg FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Jana McKinnon
    Eva Linder
    Andrea Schramek
    Isabel Schmidt
    Mira Reisinger
    Isabella Simon
    David Jakob
    Helmut Wiesner
    Alexander E. Fennon
    Helmut Langer
    Screenplay
    Sandra Wollner
    Cinematography
    Timm Kröger
    Editing
    Stephan Bechinger
    Music
    Joscha Eickel

    Director's Statement

    The film’s story is one that might have been found rather frequently in 1957’s Vienna if people had gone looking for it. Somewhere between the childhood memories of an old Viennese lady I met, the voice of Helmut Qualtinger and the Super 8 films of my own childhood, one elusive feeling emerged that fascinated me. When I think back on my childhood, those memories seem to be a chain of images adjacent to each other. Whether I actually experienced these or whether I was just shown them or told about it later can be hard to say in retrospect. These are family pictures, never showing more than a fraction of reality, pictures of parties, family gatherings or everyday occurings that somehow end up forming the core of our memories, sometimes even replacing them altogether. THE IMPOSSIBLE PICTURE is a film about memory and its inherent relation to filmmaking - to the films that we all make, as it were, whether we use a camera or not.

    Production
    SANDRA WOLLNER
    Production
    FILMAKADEMIE BADEN WÜRTTEMBERG

    Press

    A bold story told with a unique cinematic language.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    A painful and fascinating debut, playing with the set design in an attempt to narrate the eternal dream of living the truth again and again.

    Raffaele Meale, Quinlan

    Sandra Wollner

    Sandra Wollner

    Austria

    Sandra Wollner (Austria, 1983) studied theatre, film and communication at Vienna University. During that time, she started working as an editor and director in various formats. She then headed the postproduction division of a Viennese production company while working on her first self-produced films. She has been studying documentary filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2012. THE IMPOSSIBLE PICTURE (2016) is her first feature film and won the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Goteborg FF.