In 2014, award-winning director Michael Glawogger died tragically whilst filming. His long-time editor, Monika Willi, has crafted his final footage into a striking documentary.
When Glawogger died, he was five months into a lengthy world trip. His intention was to film on his journey only what he experienced, with no expectations, restrictions, or predetermined topics. Glawogger, his cameraman and sound operator, shot in the Balkans, Italy and Africa, before the director succumbed to malaria in Liberia. Willi has created a unique film, using her colleague’s arresting imagery - from rubbish billowing across an arid landscape to one-legged soccer players - and his personal diaries.
The result is a beautiful, intimate work that resonates with Glawogger’s preoccupations around personal freedom and exploitation, as demonstrated in Workingman’s Death (SFF 2006) and Whores’ Glory (SFF 2012).
Willi has crafted something which feels achingly personal and, at times, genuinely profound. – Wendy Ide, Screen International
The late Austrian documentarist may have prematurely come to rest in 2014, but this deliberately themeless compendium of his roving observations of human labour and culture across more than a dozen countries is both a quintessential expression of his cinematic drive and – given a biographical voiceover by his collaborator Monika Willi – an elegy to his spirit. – Jordan Cronk, Sight & Sound