URANIA DESCENDING
2016, Lamplighter Films, 69 min, USA/Austria/France, Dir: Tav Falco

From the legendary indie rocker (Panther Burns), performance artist and filmmaker Tav Falco, URANIA DESCENDING is a haunting journey into an imaginary Europe - part Guy Maddin, part Jess Franco. The incarnation of subversion, the insolence of deception, the exultation of vengeance. More than the story of an American girl on a one-way ticket to merry/sinister old Vienna who becomes embroiled in an intrigue to uncover buried Nazi plunder, this film advances the shadowy Expressionism of Tav Falco’s earlier oeuvre. It is a filmic poem infused with metaphor, mood and Stimmung, where the past overtakes the present and the present overtakes the past. The images flicker with the fateful caprice of tarot cards fingered in a Viennese bordello. Falco's films emerge as corporeal fables and offer cabalistic hygiene for a vital elegance.


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