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Angst

Director(s)
Gerald Kargl
Country
Austria
Year
1983
Duration
79 min
Language
German with French or English subtitles

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The ultimate unknown thriller masterpiece, one that I have watched more than 40 times. – Gaspar Noé

Introduction by Denis Côté

“With legions of movie geeks on the case, very few hidden gems stay hidden in the dark corners of cyberspace for any length of time. And yet, somehow, Angst, the only big-screen release by Austrian filmmaker Gerald Kargl, seems to be well and truly cursed to oblivion. It’s a unique work in film history, both for the way it uses a clichéd genre (the serial-killer flick) and for its dandyish and almost endearing protagonist. I remember discovering it without any fanfare. If memory serves, it was 1998, during the third edition of the young and then-obscure Fantasia. Shocking. And now, after so many years in the cinematic wilderness, Angst (which surely also belongs, to a not-insignificant extent, to cinematographer and editor Zbigniew Rybczynsky) is back to help us celebrate the pandemic in style.” – Denis Côté

Synopsis

Photographed by Oscar-winning Polish animator Zbig Rybczynski and scored by Krautrock synth god Klaus Schulze, this underseen arthouse brainbomb is one hell of a stylized and visceral experience — a forgotten classic on the fringes of the slasher cycle. 

Erwin Leder (DAS BOOT, SCHINDLER’S LIST) fully commits to the role of a criminally insane convict who, upon being released, wastes no time acting out his darkest impulses all over the Viennese countryside. As Leder pushes the limits of sanity farther than almost any screen portrayal in history, Schulze’s pulsating music and Zbig’s innovative first-person POVs grab you by the throat, never letting go. A huge influence on Gasper Noé’s first feature I STAND ALONE, ANGST is impossible to forget.

Film courtesy of Cult Epics and the American Genre Film Archive

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Director(s)
Gerald Kargl
Country
Austria
Year
1983
Duration
79 min
Language
German with French or English subtitles
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