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16th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Austria, Luxembourg, Serbia | 2008 | 83min | COLOR | Drama


In Marseille, Julie’s heart beats wildly when thinking of Rashid. In Tokyo, Satoshi dreams about his adored one who works in a soup restaurant but who doesn’t even know who he is. In Rio de Janeiro, Maria falls for a Telenovela star. In Belgrade, a couple fight for their very existence. In Brooklyn, the thoughts of a black taxi driver lead him into the emotional abyss of jealous love. In Luxembourg, a well-settled gentleman finally comes around to showing his true feelings for a young man...
The year-long collaboration between filmmaker Thomas Woschitz and the pop group Naked Lunch gave rise to the idea of telling stories in a combination of film and pop music. This idea was then taken further and resulted in the concept of a choral film with interwoven storylines. And that way an unusual kind of music film evolved. Like a pop song, or an opera, Universalove is a film about big emotions. But, according to the director, what emerges is a musical for people, who would never watch a musical. The compulsory number revue in a musical that moves bodies in dance is substituted with music by the Austrian band Naked Lunch - fine-tuned and perfectly synchronised with the film scenes. The precisely-timed music parts orchestrate and structure the film. They are, when possible, played live to the cinema projection, thereby creating a friction of media between the partially effect-laden and artificial images and the performative directness and impetus of a highly-concentrated rock concert. ​

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Thomas Woschitz

Born in Klagenfurt, Thomas Woschitz studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, Italy. His several short and medium length films have all been shown at numerous festivals, such as Venice, Locarno and Cannes. He also realized experimental film installations and the imaginative sound film moving landscapeⓒ in 2002. In 2005, he created together with the music band “Naked Lunch”, the music film Closing Time. Woschitz has also worked as a film editor on La Capa Gira and Mio Cognato, both by Alessandro Piva.

Naked Lunch

Since the 1991 debut release under the German label “Big Store”, Naked Lunch had a number of highly appraised follow up releases in Europe and the USA, as well as stage performances in the whole of Europe, the US, South America and Russia. In the same period, all members also composed for various theatres, films and works for other artists.​

: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
: Anica Dobra Dusˇan Asˇkovic
: Thomas Woschitz
: Enzo Brandner
: Thomas Woschitz
: Naked Lunch
: Carlo Thoss

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