Das beste Orchester der Welt

Short, AT 2020, 14 min

Ingbert, the sock, applies for a position as double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. Bad idea.

Ingbert Socke (his name is quite telling), makes his first excursion into the human world. He takes part in a tryout for the position of double bass player in the Viennese Staatskapelle. Although his performance is received enthusiastically, the selection committee still has something against him. But what could it be?
It’s a bold script and concept that Henning Backhaus has developed together with Albert Meisl and Rafael Haider. In excellent style, they show not only how cleverly puppetry and film can be combined, but also who’s pulling the strings in this human world, why and for what (no spoiler: for their own purposes). A finely made, clever little film.

(Catalog Text Diagonale 2020)

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Herrlich skurril und mit hintergründigem Witz.

(Saarbrücker Zeitung)

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We think „The Best Orchestra in the World“ is an amazing absurdist take on discrimination. It is so subtle but still in your face. Done with a lot of tact and charm while presenting a serious topic.

(Jury Statement, Durham Region International Film Festival, Canada)

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For the originality in telling, with disarming genuineness, the experience of being incredibly unique but inevitably different. All of this with a more realistic vision than ever of a cynical world! Thanks to an excellent cinematic technique that shows great attention to every detail, the audience gently slides into a drama disguised as a comedy by means of funny sketches and technically impeccable animated puppets. The audience expects, at any moment, some sort of social redemption that will never take place, leaving the amused viewer with something to think about.

(Jury Statement, Malatesta Short Film Festival, Italy)

Director’s Statement

„Die Tragödie überwindet die Distanz. Die Komödie schafft Distanz. Das Mittel nun, mit dem die Komödie Distanz schafft, ist der Einfall. Die Tragödie ist ohne Einfall.“
Diese Definition von Friedrich Dürrenmatt mag ich sehr! Ich bin ein großer Fan des jüdischen Humors, von Ernst Lubitsch bis Woody Allen. In „Das beste Orchester der Welt“ bemüht sich ein offensichtlicher Außenseiter um Teilhabe am System, wird vorne eingesogen und hinten ausgespuckt, tragisch eigentlich, aber eben auch die Geschichte einer Socke, und damit stecken wir tief in der Komödienmatrix. Es geht um fatale Lebensentscheidungen, das Gerangel von Deutungshoheiten und ums Chaos, das nur von der Lüge im Griff gehalten werden kann.
Das alles in schlanken 14 Minuten! Grundsätzlich liegt meine Sympathie eher bei der schrulligen Idee als bei der aufgeräumten Komfortzone. Ich denke, es ist menschlich, schrullig zu sein. Und meine Socke ist mindestens so menschlich wie ich.
(Henning Backhaus)

Cast Thomas Mraz, Jörn Hentschel, Peter Huemer, Dominic Oley, Richard Obermayr, Helen Hagmueller
Puppeteers Rafael Haider, Katarina Csanyiova
With the Voices of Peter Matić, Michael Kreihsl, Henning Backhaus, Andreas Radlherr
Director Henning Backhaus
Screenplay Rafael Haider, Henning Backhaus, Albert Meisl
Producer Lukas Rosatti
Director of Photography Matthias Halibrand
Editor Jana Libnik
Production Design Andrea Meschik
Assistant Director Florian Kogler
Production Manager Michael Schäffer, Alexander Peskador
Sound Design Nora Czamler
Sound Recording Benedikt Palier, Valentin Königshofer, Kai Shimada, Ken Rischard, Lukas Weidmann
Music Elisabeth Rollenitz, Matthias Gerstner, Selini Quartett
Scoring Engineer Jón Geirfinnsson, Benedikt Palier
Makeup Artist Gabriela Rybka, Stephanie Raffaela
VFX Supervisor Lisa Vogt, Felix Pichler
VFX Valerie Wöllner, Mariana Fabre, Alejandra Murillo, Pia Wolkenstein, Florian Grünberger, Judith Selenko
Animatronic Special Effects Matthias Halibrand
Re-Recording Mixer Bernhard Maisch
Graphic Design Barbara Hoffmann / The Graphic Society
Funding Verein der Freunde der Filmakademie Wien, ISA 2019

Awards 2020 / 2021

Max Ophüls Award: Best Short Film (Germany),
Drama International Short Film Festival: Grand Prix (Greece),
Brisbane International Film Festival: Special Jury Award (Australia),
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage: Best Fiction Award (Germany),
Watersprite Film Festival Cambridge: Best Fiction Award (GB),
Filmschoolfest Munich: Audience Award (Germany),
BuSho – Budapest International Short Film Festival: Best Comedy Award (Hungary),
Durham Region International Film Festival: Best Short Film (Canada),
Independent Days Karlsruhe: Main Award (Germany),
Rüsselsheimer Filmtage: Best Short Film (Germany),
Festival of Nations: Best Austrian Short (Austria),
FILMthuer – Thuringia Short Film Festival: Jury Prize (Germany),
Kurzsuechtig – Central German Short Film Festival Leipzig: Audience Award (Germany),
Kurzsuechtig – Central German Short Film Festival Leipzig: Honorable Mention of the Jury (Germany),
International Children’s Film Festival of Jaipur: Best Short Fiction Film (India),
Muestra Intergaláctica de Cine: Best Short Film (Mexico),
Soria International Film Fest: Best Short Film / Musical Section (Spain),
Kurzfilmtage Thalmässing: 2nd Audience Award (Germany),
Les Petits Claps: 3ème Prix du public (Germany / France),
Malatesta Short Film Festival: Special Mention (Italy),
Jaipur International Film Festival: Special Jury Mention / Coming Stars Panorama (India),
FIRST STEPS Award: Nomination Michael Ballhaus Camera Award (Germany)

Festivals

41. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (Germany)
44th Cleveland International Film Festival (USA)
17th Vienna Shorts Festival (Austria)
24. Kurzfilmtage Thalmässing (Germany)
30. Filmkunstfestival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin (Germany)
27. Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films (Austria)
30. Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney (Germany)
5th Ennesimo Film Festival (Italy)
27. Rüsselsheimer Filmtage (Germany)
15th SEEfest – South East European Film Festival (USA)
22th Motovun Film Festival (Croatia)
17. Kurzsuechtig – Mitteldeutsches Kurzfilmfestival Leipzig (Germany)
18th Molise Cinema Film Festival (Italy)
4th Malatesta Short Film Festival (Italy)
12. Shortynale Filmfestival Klosterneuburg (Austria)
44. Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt (Germany)
8th Filmfestival Kitzbühel (Austria)
16th BuSho – International Short Film Festival Budapest (Hungary)
13th “Wiz-Art” – Lviv International Film Festival (Ukraine)
21th FIRST STEPS Award (Germany)
15th Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival (USA)
3rd Dolomitale (Italy)
16. FILMthuer – Thüringer Kurzfilmfestival (Germany)
48th Festival of Nations, Lenzing (Austria)
49th Sehsüchte – International Student Film Festival Babelsberg (Germany)
43rd Drama International Short Film Festival (Greece)
28th Brisbane International Film Festival (Australia)
10th Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan)
13. Filmzeit Kaufbeuren (Germany)
3rd Kino Shot – Cherkasy Short Film Festival (Ukraine)
4th Durham Region International Film Festival (Canada)
18th Plein la Bobine Film Festival (France)
19th Festival International De Films De Court Métrage Déjà Primés (France)
20th Independent Days – Internationales Filmfest Karlsruhe (Germany)
18. Festival international Signes de Nuit (France)
10th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (Cyprus)
37th Tehran International Short Film Festival (Iran)
8th Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Qatar)
39th Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival (Finland)
2nd Visioni Fantastiche (Italy)
4th Pittsburgh Shorts (USA)
39½ Filmschoolfest Munich (Germany)
29th Soria International Film Festival (Spain)
24th PÖFF – Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
24. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2020 (Switzerland)
20th Whistler Film Festival (Canada)
32nd Aguilar Film Festival (Spain)
8th Muestra Intergaláctica de Cine (Mexico)
31. Kinofest Lünen (Germany)
2nd Jakarta Independent Film Festival (Indonesia)
21. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (Germany)
12th Les Petits Claps (Germany)
13th Jaipur International Film Festival (India)
5th PequeFilmes – International Short Film Festival for Kids of Galicia (Spain)
4th Berlin Student Film Festival (Germany)
Petit Plan: Europa II (Greece)
31. Bamberger Kurzfilmtage (Germany)
16th Prague Short Film Festival (Czech Republic)
12th Watersprite Cambridge International Film Festival (GB)
8th Snowdance Film Festival (Germany)
9th Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (Hungary)
7th Short Movie Club Minsk (Belarus)
15th Taos Shortz Film Festival (USA)
4th New Delhi Film Festival (India)
24th Sonoma International Film Festival (USA)
17th Akbank Short Film Festival (Turkey)
13th Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (Netherlands)
54th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (USA)
44. Internationale Grenzland-Filmtage Selb (Germany)
33rd Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival (Annual Shorts Nights) (USA)
1st Mieres Film Festival (Spain)
21. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (Germany)
10th Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (GB)
22. Schweinfurter Kurzfilmtage (Germany)
7th Blackbird Film Festival (USA)
3rd KinoFest Φεστιβάλ Γερμανόφωνου Κινηματογράφου (Greece)

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