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Die Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung über 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'

Zur Deutschlandpremiere von 'Glossary of Broken Dreams' gibts eine nette Rezi in der Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.

[...] Denn dieses "Glossar der unerfüllten Träume" ist ein Filmessay über gescheiterte Hoffnungen, über die uneingelösten Glücks- und Freiheitsversprechen der jüngeren Menschheitsgeschichte – von Aufklärung und Liberalismus über Kapitalismus und Kommunismus bis hin zu Kunst, Aktivismus und Punk. Er habe damit, erläutert Grenzfurthner, der nicht nur Regisseur und Drehbuchautor, sondern auch zentraler Darsteller dieses irgendwo zwischen Low- und No-Budget finanzierten Streifens ist, einen "politischen Frühjahrsputz der Begriffe" bewerkstelligen wollen. Eine Kritik der Begriffswelten aus dem Glauben heraus, "dass wir es besser machen können", obwohl er auch selbst "Teil des Problems sei", wie der Kopf des Wiener Künstlerkollektivs Monochrom im Interview mit der Online-Plattform Zebrabutter einräumt. Wozu er noch ein "Harharhar!" anfügt.

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Film Inquiry bespricht 'Glossary of Broken Dreams

Der erste richtige Verriss von 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'. [Ein bisserl liberalisch, und (hey!) Sven Shitpornson ist ein Weltschmäh! Pffffff!!]

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At the Golden-Calf Slaughterhouse: ein Interview mit Johannes Grenzfurthner über 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'

Boing Boing veröffentlicht eine englische Version des Interviews, das Thomas Kaestle mit mir für Zebrabutter gemacht hat.

A sprawling interview with artist and filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner on his latest movie Glossary of Broken Dreams.

Some two years ago, Thomas Kaestle interviewed Johannes Grenzfurthner, Austrian all-purpose nerd, and founder of monochrom about his then brand-new movie Traceroute. In this jagged autobio road movie the filmmaker journeys through his past as a nerd, artist, activist, and discourse generator. He undertakes a funny, associative pilgrimage through the USA, visiting the sacred sites of his decades-long quest for knowledge to pay homage to the gods of tech- and pop-culture.

Grenzfurthner's new movie, Glossary of Broken Dreams, is a sequel as much as a counter-thesis. Produced with a micro-budget, this monumental mosaic is taking the audience on a ride through an encyclopedia of overused, misconceived, and corrupted concepts and ideas. The fact that it concerns the favorite vocabulary of current discourses, the golden calves of contemporary controversy, makes for a considerably explosive force. With relish, Grenzfurthner is leading them to the slaughter to rummage through their bowels and read in them an uncertain future.

So, Thomas Kaestle sat down with Grenzfurthner again, this time to talk about the deconstruction of concepts and discourses, alleged security within false contexts, societal and political change, the fragmentation of ideological camps, cherished ideas, letting go, Daleks, and Cthulhu.

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The 405 rezensiert 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'

Super Review auf The 405.

It is indeed this cynicism and opportunistic Pop culture references that prove why Glossary of Broken Dreams is a film of its time: hypermodernity is well represented by both its form and context, allowing for a very familiar disenchantment to echo throughout — the more the film advances, the more you realise you’re trapped in a loop of needs and wants to which you respond so automatically that you don’t even notice your own sense of combativeness itself is being used by the system you claim to position yourself against as a tool of self-propaganda. And the beat goes on — to quote Sonny and Cher — without you having an effective saying in what becomes of your future or your dreams (be them collective or individual), the only soulagement coming from the consolation prize that is being aware of the self-destruction process — part of it, at least.

This is not a militant movie, although I must confess that the image of a random MAGA supporter who happened to stumble upon it shouting “communist propaganda!” as they salivate from the mouth amuses me; after all, Glossary of Broken Dreams lives up to its title and destroys each and every hope of collective redemption — it even questions the ongoing relevance of the Left, deromanticising the last socio-political myth standing.

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Glossary of Broken Dreams: Der Trailer!

Na endlich! Glossary of Broken Dreams hat jetzt auch einen Trailer!


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UK Film Review bespricht 'Glossary of Broken Dreams'

Super Rezension von 'Glossary of Broken Dreams' auf UK Film Review.

A highly intelligent and topical film, Glossary of Broken Dreams is an engaging epistemological documentary that will have you chuckling about, choking on, and considering the validity of, your political ideology.

Johannes Grenzfurthner’s opening gambit is amusing as he details the moment, when he was four years old, that he fell flat on his face on some concrete by a beach in Italy. The moment taught him that he had a difficult condition – he was ‘human’: a condition which experiences broken dreams and relies on narratives, metaphors and linguistic shortcuts to convey our ‘stories’ and it is this that Grenzfurthner compels us to explore and evaluate in his film. He tackles concepts such as ‘capitalism’, ‘privacy’ and ‘freedom’, exploring what that really means through a range of cinematic techniques.

Reminiscent of the ‘asides’ of Adam McKay’s The Big Short, Grenzfurthner utilises images, photos, voice-over, direct address, song, subtitles, animation, archive clips and live music to explore social constructs and their contradictory nature. Topical issues are cross-examined under the lenses of history, politics, philosophy and technology with interesting insights and questions resulting. The film explores the seeming-ridiculousness of campaigns for inequality in a society controlled by capitalism; the nonsense of the uproar around ‘fake news’ when all news, by its definition and construction is itself fake; and the irony of society’s desire for privacy yet its reluctance to do the one thing to protect its privacy – stop sharing. But the film doesn’t attempt to convert or pressure its audience into a particular opinion; largely, it offers multiple sides to each argument and raises questions for its audience to consider.

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monochrom *1993. ursprünglich zeitschrift. lebt z. zt. als haufen bzw. neue unübersichtlichkeit im museumsquartier wien, bamberg und unter www.monochrom.at. arbeitet unter anderem als künstler/innen/gruppe, linksextremistischer partyservice, info-point, archiv, sloterdijk ii, liveband, gruppentherapie, computerspiel und als konkursmasse etc. monochrom besteht aus johannes grenzfurthner, evelyn fuerlinger, franky ablinger, harald homolka list, frank apunkt schneider, daniel fabry, gnther friesinger, anika kronberger, roland gratzer sowie gott und der welt. immerhin!
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