a science-fiction film by Manu Luksch
World Premiere: pixelACHE Helsinki 2007

Austria/UK 2007 // 50 min // digital


In an eerily familiar city, a calendar reform has dispensed with the past and the future, leaving citizens faceless, without memory or anticipation. Unimaginable happiness abounds - until a woman recovers her face. First she panics, but then, with the help of the Spectral Children, she slowly finds out more about the lost power and history of the human face and begins the search for its future.

London has the highest density of CCTV on earth. Faceless uses recordings from these cameras, obtained under the UK Data Protection Act, as 'legal readymades' to construct a strange yet plausible world.

Written & Directed by

Manu Luksch


Tilda Swinton


The Ballet Boyz



Piano Music

Rupert Huber


CCTV in private-public spaces in London


Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel


AMOUR FOU Vienna Ambient Information Systems

Supported by

Arts Council England, Innovative Film Austria, ISIS Arts




The Collection of the BFI - British Film Institute
Collection de Film au Centre Pompidou Paris
Ars Electronica Collection


Empreintes Numériques Toulouse, France 2010
Raison d'Agir Festival Poitiers, France 2010
[eye]identities @ Leokino Innsbruck, Austria 2009
Perspektive Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte Germany 2009
Hors Pistes 2009 @ French Institute Tokyo, Japan 2009
Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund, Germany 2009)
STAND-UP. Art about Human Right Festival Poznan, Poland 2009
Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas Marseille, France 2008
Hors Pistes 2008 @ Pera Müzesi Istanbul, Turkey 2008
dokument ART Neubrandenburg, Germany & Szczecin, Poland 2008
Cambridge Film Festival UK 2008
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival Chiang Mai, Thailand 2008
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival Phitsanulok, Thailand 2008
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival Phuket, Thailand 2008
Le Festival EXIT Creteil, France 2008
Hors Pistes 2008 @ Centre Pompidou Paris, France 2008
tranzit festival Praha, Czech Republic 2008
Jonction Festival Bruxelles, Belgium 2007
Ars Electronica Linz, Austria 2007
Enter Unknown Territories Festival Cambridge, UK 2007
pixelACHE Helsinki, Finland 2007
Diagonale Graz, Austria 2007