”Cinema 666” brings to life the spirits of the cinematic past – with Styrian home movies, forgotten gems of horror and classics of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma.
German and English language
With Kelly Copper (US), Pavol Liska (US)
With Alexander Horwath (AT)
In Christian tradition, 666 is the number of the devil: “This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” That’s what is says in Revelation. That Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder der Toten” with its revenants from the underworld also numbers 666 pages can therefore be no coincidence, given that the novel is substantially inspired by the works of theologian, psychologist and Satanism researcher Josef Dvorak.
In honour of the Satanic number, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma promises to use exactly 666 rolls of Super 8 film for their big shoot. But above all, “Cinema 666” opens its doors at the Base Camp in Kapellen for the duration of shooting, providing cinematic sustenance to ravenous literary mountaineers at weekends. On the bill are Super 8 home movies from the region, films by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma and veritable horror in cooperation with the /slash film festival, accompanied by discussions and much more.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US)
In 2006 Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper founded the Nature Theater of Oklahoma which has grown into one of the United States’ most famous Off-Off-Broadway groups. The ‘OK Theater’ swiftly evolved into a multimedia ensemble, effortlessly oscillating between traditional theatre, comics and animation art as well as film and winning the Obie Award in 2008 and 2013. All these elements coalesced in the group’s monumental work “Life and Times”, its nine episodes shattering the boundaries between fiction and real life. Unsettling and intimate, the group’s artistic work seeks to fully absorb the visitors’ attention, thus challenging their perception of reality. Nature Theater of Oklahoma have been part of the steirischer herbst festival four times – and they are returning for a fifth time in 2017 with their adaption of Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder der Toten” (The Children of the Dead).