In this existential fable, a reflection on social alienation, an anonymous hero tries to break free from slavery.
The only film by Michael Synek, Dead Fish is the adaptation of the 1943 eponymous short story by Boris Vian. In this exemplary version, the Austrian filmmaker faithfully conveys the absurdity, sarcasm and irony as disguises for nihilism. Combining a post-apocalyptic Kafkaian atmosphere with body horror, in a haunted black and white, set to an infectious score by Michel Portal, Dead Fish follows the wanderings of Erwin Leder, the unforgettable traumatic psychopath from Schizophrenia, lost in his life as if in a swamp.
Die Toten Fische.New print
Black and white - 83mn - Original version with French subtitles
Production: Michael Synek, Florentina Welley.
Screenplay: Michael Synek.
Editing: Eliska Stibrova.
Photography: Jiri Stibr.
Music by: Michel Portal.
With: Joe Berger, Erwin Leder, Lisa Luginbuhl, Martin Schellnast, Gerhard Swoboda, Johannes Weidinger.