Sad Song

Max Philipp Schmid and Stella Händler

1996, 03:00 minutes, B&W, English


SAD SONG investigates the faces of a couple who seem to be caught in a neither spatially nor temporally defined situation. The animated images show the tension behind the smiles, hidden under the skin, in the tiniest facial muscles, under the eyelids, deep in the neck. a holding-on-tight to cheerfulness decays into sadness until the facial features slip away. Uncanny feelings shine through the brittle surface.

"Trend: Away from non-signifying formal trivialities, to content, towards an investigation of human existence, the human way of dealing with things: " la recherche de la condition humaine." In their SAD SONG Stella Handler and Phillipp Schmid painstakingly sound out this human condition in intervals measured in seconds. a man and woman and the tension of all the tiniest muscle movements. a striking impact upon the eye in 150 single images, the dissolving of the mask of the human face." [franziska Trefzer, Basler Zeitung, 25 November 1996.

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