ORBIT
2020
Full HD video | 16:9 | 20.23 min. | color | sound


Like a pair of orbiting celestial bodies, Kay Walkowiak's short film Orbit shows a young man in the gravitational field of an object and his love for it: the "Sleeping Muse" (1910) by Brâncusi. In the midst of his existential loneliness, he finds in the depiction of a woman in the form of an egg-shaped head with closed eyes an archetype of sensual female purity that seems to be removed from all temporality. In order to become forever one with his love, his path leads him inevitably into the retreat of his imagination and finally to the negation of normative reality.

Orbit is a love story that tells of the human longing for an everlasting love, but which in the end is nothing more than the impossible attempt to overcome one's own transience by turning to a seemingly autonomous abstract form. Just as Brâncusi with his Sleeping Muse tried to create the ideal of an aesthetically pure form, Michaelangelo Antonioni in his films of the 1960s repeatedly addresses the striving for the ideal of absolute love, which, however, is doomed to failure due to the "alienation" of the subject suffered in modernity.

In the very first scenes of the film, Orbit visually breaks with both utopias - that of an ideal form and that of a timeless love: we find ourselves in Antonioni's abandoned villa on the Costa Paradiso in Sardinia. Once the site of a love affair between him and the actress Monica Vitti, the transience of all things has caught up with reality. The dome-shaped architecture made of brittle concrete has become a silent monument to a past love and at the same time a first psychogram of the main character of the film, who now leaves it behind, on his deeply personal rite de passage.



Directed / Camera / Edited: Kay Walkowiak
Actor: Andreas Wesle
Voice Over: Aldo Gianotti
Sound Mix: Nigel Brown
Color Grading: Andi Winter
Production Assistant: Barbara Probst
Special Thanks: Hannah Breitfuss, Paul Loderer, Valentina Piredda, Florian Spies, Julian Walkowiak
Supported by: Federal Chancellery of Austria, Federal State of Salzburg, City of Salzburg, City of Vienna 



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