The Visit

 
THE VISIT zeichnet ein Bild von der potenziellen Begegnung der Menschheit mit intelligentem Leben aus dem All. Der Film thematisiert die Frage der Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten mit einem fremden Besucher. Wer könnte stellvertretend für die Menschheit das Wort ergreifen? Wie könnte man unsere Geschichte, die Eckpfeiler der Zivilisation und unserer Wertesysteme von null weg erklären? Wir als Betrachtende nehmen die Perspektive des Besuchers aus dem All ein, wodurch THE VISIT zum selbstreflexiven Medium für unsere Gesellschaft, unsere Lebensweise und die Komplexität des Menschseins wird.

THE VISIT is a documentary with comedy elements, and a philosophical exploration of our fear of strangers through the ultimate threat to our self-image: The discovery of alien intelligent life. The UN City is located in Vienna, with its late 1970’s architecture and its extra-territorial status not unlike a giant spacecraft that has landed in the middle of the civilized world. Inside this impressive institution representing our belief in humanity, resides the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs – the OOSA. The Visit opens with a close-up of an animal. It instinctively reacts to something unknown. Inside the OOSA, a phone rings. Deputy Director General, astrophysicist Dr. Mazlan Othman, is informed that an alien has arrived …

Director's Biography
MICHAEL MADSEN, born in 1971, is a conceptual artist and the director of several documentaries, such as the award-winning TO DAMASCUS – A FILM ON INTERPRETATION and INTO ETERNITY. He is the founder and artistic leader of several art initiatives and part of the artist collective van Gogh. INTO ETERNITY won the Crossing Europe Award European Documentary in 2011. Michael Madsen lives in Denmark. // Films (selection): CELESTIAL NIGHT – A FILM ON VISIBILITY (2003, doc), TO DAMASCUS – A FILM ON INTERPRETATION (2005, doc), INTO ETERNITY (2010, doc; CE ’11), THE VISIT (2014, doc)
European Panorama 2015
Michael Madsen
Dänemark / Österreich / Irland / Finnland / Norwegen 2015
color
90 Minuten
OmeU
Drehbuch Michael Madsen
Kamera Heikki Färm
Schnitt Stefan Sundlöf
Ton/Sounddesign Peter Albrechtsen
Musik Øivind Weingaarde
Produzent*innen Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films) KoproduzentInnen / Co-Producers Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Andrew Freedman, Sami Jahnukainen, Carsten Aanonsen
Produktion
Magic Hour Films Baldersgade 6 2200 København N Denmark T +45 39 64 22 84 post@magichourfilms.dk www.magichourfilms.webhotel.net Koproduktion / Co-Production NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (AT), Venom Films (IE), Mouka Filmi (FI), Indie Film (NO)