AT 2019, DCP, 72 min

“THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT is a film about the artist Daniel Spoerri. Actually, it's a film about a perception of Daniel Spoerri: a film almost without Daniel Spoerri, who is mostly portrayed by a child - to say nothing less than that everything in life continues, even if you die in between."Anja Salomonowitz

Daniel Spoerri arranges things into one of his assemblages as if he were contributing something to the order of life. Oskar Salomonowitz, the filmmaker´s son, vividly brings the artist´s thoughts closer to us, as if they were his own. The spoons of the late father of Anja Salomonowitz are added to the cycle of life. People die, things remain. By also updating Daniel Spoerri´s past through the child, the film courageously undertakes a new documentary path of cinematic, biographical representation. Spoerri´s father, Isaac Feinstein, was murdered in the Holocaust and Spoerri´s life was shaped by this disappearance. In his work, he says, the things found at the flea market, which he collects and nails to the wall as compositions, no longer disappear. He has captured life for a moment.

THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT premiered in Mumok (March 28th 2019) and has already been shown in Art Berlin, Artecinema Naples, Paris Interationale, Jihlava International Film Festival, Viennale’19, Vienna Art Week, Austrian Cinema Premiere, An Art Matinee and others.

Screenplay and Direction: Anja Salomonowitz
With: Daniel Spoerri, Oskar Salomonowitz und Federico Vecchi
Assistant director: Eleonora Camizzi
Dramaturgy: Roland Zag
Camera and Original Sound: Martin Putz
Editing: Eleonora Camizzi, Petra Zöpnek AEA
Music: Bernhard Fleischmann
Sound Design: Veronika Hlawatsch
Mix: Bernhard Maisch / Tremens Film Tonstudio
Grading: Bernhard Schlick
Graphic: Peach Wien
Producer: Anja Salomonowitz
Distribution: Stadtkino Distribution Company
Including the Shortfilm RESURRECTION by Tony Morgan and Daniel Spoerri, 1968/69
Supported by Archivio Conz, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst und Kultur
Presented by The Performance Agency