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Fair Wind (Fahrtwind)

Austria, 2013 | Bernadette Weigel
Chris Fujiwara checks in from Edinburgh to report on Fair Wind — Notes of a Traveler, and finds an Austrian film travelling the post-communist world, blissfully without alienation and with a constant ability to find mystery.

In the absence of any knowledge about the journey documented by the film, apart from the place names that appear superimposed in white type as each new location is reached, we must be satisfied with other certainties while watching Bernadette Weigel's Fair Wind — Notes of a Traveler (Fahrtwind — Aufzeichnungen einer Reisenden). Above all, with the confidence of feeling that Weigel communicates: a confidence that comes from love, and Fair Wind is nothing if not a film in love with light. With each shot, we seem to see as much light as can be packed into a Super-8 frame. Rather than a painful brightness, the effect is that of contented saturation, visual plenitude.

If the image is constantly in a condition of being just right, the titles give both too much and too little: too much information, since the names of towns are likely to be unfamiliar and anyway of no use, and too little, since the important things — the links between these places, the motives that drive the filmmaker from one to the next — are always elided. Denied the code that would govern Weigel's choices, the viewer more readily grasps the arbitrariness of any code and any choice. Which is to say that instead of committing herself to the rules of a discursive genre Weigel locates her film in the negative spaces lying around the genres she brushes past: travel journal or self-portrait, post card or essay.

The space of the film is not just 'post-Communist Eastern Europe and Central Asia', but also the space of a hundred or a thousand separate encounters between the filmmaker (once she has set off from her home in Vienna) and the people of the post-Communist world. There is no program, simply the succession of frames, highlighting the texture and the squareness of the image, making possible a kind of explosion of reality in movement, color, industrial forms (the Odessa funicular with its solid-color cars) and forms of ritual (elderly Ukrainians dancing to a town-square band's performance of 'In the Mood'). Every view, however enchanted, still implies what is, and remains, a social and historical context, but that context becomes displaced — not so much "made strange" as offered up to the delirious purposelessness of cinema, of this cinema.

Fair Wind is a film without alienation, so blissfully so that it is not even made against alienation. Fair Wind may perhaps be criticized for fetishizing the obsolete, for seizing hungrily on what it loves too sentimentally. But the success of the film has to do with neither alienation nor its opposite but with the filmmaker's constant ability to find mystery, as if receiving it as a gift: a young couple in a partly darkened apartment, a card game on the grass in the country, shadows of leaves fading in and out dramatically on a white plaster wall, the broad smile of an elderly woman refugee, the pleasure of two nuns as they pull on bell ropes until they are lifted up in the air. Everything has just the expressiveness that it has: no excess or imbalance is caused by an expressive intention in the world in front of the camera, or on the other side by any need on the part of the camera to justify its being where it is.

The sounds that overlay the images draw very selectively from the field of sounds that must have been available, so that the movement of people with its urgency or randomness is never allowed to determine the pace and balance of the image. A gentle and graceful musique concrète of boat and train engines lulls the eye across sequences of short discrete shots; a lone cat's meowing evokes a vacancy of night in an urban residential neighborhood. The brilliance of the soundtrack is a vital resource in the game Weigel's film plays: a game between openness and closure, between the 'open' of a voyage without a destination and the 'closed' of a frame that is never going to run out of ways to fill itself.

Chris Fujiwara is the Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival and the author of books on Jerry Lewis, Otto Preminger, and Jacques Tourneur.



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Fair Wind (Fahrtwind)

Filmkrant #351, February 2013

Slow Criticism 2013

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F FOR FAKE
LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMÉLIE POULAIN
Faccia a faccia
FACE
The Face of an Angel
The Face of Love
FACE/OFF
FACES
Facing Mirrors
FACTORY GIRL
FACTOTUM
THE FACULTY
Fading Gigolo
FADOS
FAIL SAFE
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
FAIR GAME (Andrew Sipes)
FAIR GAME (Doug Liman)
Fair Wind (Fahrtwind)
FAIRUZ — WE HIELDEN ZOVEEL VAN MEKAAR
FAIRY TALE — A TRUE STORY
Faith Connections
FAITHFUL
FAITHLESS
FALCONE
FALKENBERG FAREWELL
THE FALL
FALL TIME
FALLEN
FALLEN ANGELS
A Fallible Girl
FALLING DOWN
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FAME
FAMILIA RODANTE
FAMILIE
De familie Slim
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La famille Bélier
A Family
FAMILY
A Family Affair
The Family Fang
FAMILY FILES
THE FAMILY MAN
A Family Quartet
THE FAN
FANFAN LA TULIPE
FANNY & ALEXANDER
FANTASIA 2000
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Four (Josh Trank)
FANTASTIC FOUR (Tim Story)
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Les fantômes d'Ismaël
FAR AND AWAY
FAR FROM HEAVEN
Far from the Madding Crowd
FAREWELL
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE
The Farewell Party
A Farewell to Arms
FARGO
FARINELLI, IL CASTRATO
Fashion Chicks
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FAST & FURIOUS 5
Fast & Furious 7
Fast & Furious 8
Fast and Furious 6
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3
FAST FOOD FAST WOMEN
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Fataal (Jesse Bleekemolen over)
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FATAL REACTION: NEW YORK
FATAL REACTION: SINGAPORE
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Father Figures
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FATHER'S DAY
FATHERLAND
The Fault in Our Stars
Faust (Aleksander Sokoerov)
FAUST (F.W. Murnau)
FAUST (LECKE FAUST)
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Fear and Desire
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
THE FEAR INSIDE ME
FEARLESS (Peter Weir)
FEARLESS (Ronny Yu)
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FEELING MINNESOTA
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LES FEMMES... OU LES ENFANTS D'ABORD
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FEW OF US
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A Field in England
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THE FIFTH ELEMENT
The Fifth Estate
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Fifty Shades of Black
Fifty Shades of Grey
FIGHT CLUB
THE FIGHTER
FIGHTING
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FIGNER, THE END OF A SILENT CENTURY
LE FIL DE L'HORIZON
Fill the Void
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La fille de Brest
LA FILLE DE L'AIR
LA FILLE DU RER
La fille inconnu
LA FILLE SUR LE PONT
LES FILLES DU BOTANISTE
A Film About Coffee
FILM IST. A GIRL & A GUN
A FILM WITH ME IN IT
FILMPJE!
THE FILMS OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY
THE FILMS OF JEAN ROLLIN
THE FILMS OF KENNETH ANGER VOLUME TWO
LE FILS
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Le fils de l'autre
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THE FILTH AND THE FURY
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THE FINAL DESTINATION
FINAL DESTINATION
FINAL DESTINATION 2
FINAL DESTINATION 3
Final Destination 5 3D
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FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN
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FIND ME GUILTY
Finding Dory
FINDING FORRESTER
FINDING NEMO
Finding Nemo 3D
FINDING NEVERLAND
THE FINE ART OF LOVE
Fine, Thanks (Dakujem, dobre)
The Finest Hours
LA FINESTRA DI FRONTE
Finn
IL FIORE DELLE MILLE E UNA NOTTE
FIORILE
FIRE
FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN
FIREWALL
THE FIRM (Alan Clarke)
THE FIRM (Sydney Pollack)
FIRST KILL
FIRST KNIGHT
FIRST MISSION
FIRST STRIKE
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
THE FISH FALL IN LOVE
FISH TANK
Fissa
Fist Fight
Five Came Back
FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS
THE FIVE SENSES
The Five-Year Engagement
FIXING IN THE SHADOW
FL 19,99
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
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Flandres
DE FLAT
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FLAWLESS
FLED
LA FLEUR DU MAL
UN FLIC
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FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
FLIGHTPLAN
THE FLINTSTONES
THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS
FLIPPER
FLIRT (Hal Hartley)
FLIRT (Jaap van Eyck)
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
Flits & het magische huis 3D
FLOATING LIFE
THE FLOCK
FLODDER 3
Florence Foster Jenkins
The Florida Project
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FLUBBER
FLUSHED AWAY
FLY AWAY HOME
Flypaper
Focus (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa)
FOCUS (Neal Slavin)
FOEKSIA DE MINIHEKS
THE FOG
THE FOG OF WAR
La folie Almayer
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FOLLOWING
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FOOL'S GOLD
Footloose
Footnote
FOR FUN
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
FOR MY BABY
FOR ROSEANNA
For Those in Peril
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
THE FORBIDDEN QUEST
The Forbidden Room (Previously Unreleased)
FORCE OF EVIL
FORCES OF NATURE
FOREIGN LAND
The Foreigner
The Forest
FOREVER
FOREVER FEVER
FOREVER YOUNG
Forget Me Not
FORGET PARIS
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
The Forgiveness of Blood
FORGOTTEN SILVER
THE FORGOTTEN SPACE
Formula 1
FORREST GUMP
FORTRESS
FORTY GUNS
The Founder
THE FOUNTAIN
THE FOUNTAINHEAD
FOUR BROTHERS
FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
FOUR EYED MONSTERS
THE FOUR FEATHERS
Four Lions
FOUR ROOMS
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
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THE FOX AND THE CHILD
Foxcatcher
Foxfire
FRACTURE
FRAGILE
FRAILTY
LA FRANCE
Frances Ha
Francofonia
FRANÇOIS OZON DVD-BOX
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson over)
FRANK CAPRA COLLECTION
FRANK ZAPPA: PHASE II — THE BIG NOTE
Frankenweenie
Franny
FRANS ZWARTJES, THE GREAT CINEMA MAGICIAN
Frantz
Die Frau des Polizisten
FRAUDS
FREAKY FRIDAY
FRED CLAUS
FREDDY THE FROG
FREDDY VS. JASON
Free Birds
Free Fire
Free in Deed
Free Range (Retrospectief Veiko Õunpuu)
Free State of Jones
FREE WILLY
FREE WILLY 2
FREEDOM
FREEDOM WRITERS
Freeheld
DER FREIE WILLE
DIE FREMDE
FRENCH KISS
FREQUENCY
FRESA Y CHOCOLATE
FRESH
FRESH AIR
FRIDA
FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
FRIENDS
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Friends with Benefits
Friends with Kids
Fright Night
THE FRIGHTENERS
DIE FRISEUSE
Frits & Franky
FRITZ LANG COLLECTION
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
FROM HELL
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG
FROST/NIXON
FROWNLAND
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)
FROZEN (Wang Xiaoshuai)
The Frozen Ground
FROZEN LAND
FROZEN RIVER
Frozen Sing-A-Long
Fruitvale Station
FUCKING ÅMÅL
FUDOH
THE FUGITIVE
DE FÛKE
Fukushima, mon amour
Full Contact
FULL FRONTAL
THE FULL MONTY
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
THE FUNERAL
FUNNY BONES
FUNNY GAMES U.S.
FUNNY HA HA
FUNNY PEOPLE
Fuocoammare
FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS
THE FURIES
Fury
The Fury of a Patient Man
The Future
Il futuro