In the Beginning was the Eye

a Science-Docufiction film by Bady Minck
International Premiere: Cannes 2003 - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Austria/Luxembourg // 2003 // 45 min


Imagine a portrait of Austria created by Jan Svankmajer and David Lynch: This will give you an idea of Bady Minck’s fantastic film work entitled In the Beginning was the Eye. When a writer investigates Austria through the image presented by postcards, the landscapes around Erzberg and Salzburg province become something between a dream and a nightmare. And the words on the back of the cards seep into the scene as whispers. These are terrible and painful texts, written by unknown hands over the course of time. Tension develops between picture and text, culture and landscape.
In the Beginning was the Eye was the figurehead of the Director's Fortnight in Cannes 2003. It took five years to produce this cinematic UFO essentially made up of hundreds of postcards. At times a dreamlike vision, at times political, philosophical and even culinary, the film is technically perfect. The stunning sound and visuals and the hypnotic editing ensure that you don't get bored for a second….

(Süddeutsche Zeitung, Repérages Paris)

Written & Directed by

Bady Minck


Jerzy Palacz, Martin Putz, Martin Gschlacht


Frédéric Fichefet


Martin Putz

Scientific process

Heidi Dumreicher


Bernhard Fleischmann, Dr. Nachtstrom, Sainkho Namtchylak


Carlo Thoss, Frédéric Fichefet


Bodo Hell

Poems & voices

Bodo Hell, Friederike Mayröcker, Ernst Jandl


Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu


AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, Oikodrom, Garabet Film, AMOUR FOU Vienna

Supported by

bm:bwk, Filmfund Luxembourg, BKA.kunst, ORF Innovationsfonds, bm:lf, Stadt Salzburg, Land Salzburg, Gemeinde Eisenerz, niederösterreich kultur, Stadt Wien


Sixpackfilm, Autlook Film Sales


The future of Cinema Award, International Festival of New Cinema, Pesaro 2003
Award for most Innovative Documentary, Roma Art Doc Fest 2005
Special Mention of the Jury, International Film Festival of Fine Arts Szolnok, Hungary 2004
Special Mention of the Jury, Trento Montagne-Esplorazione-Avventura Film Festival 2005
Top Ten Best Films 2002/2003 in Australia, Melbourne International Film Festival 2003
Top Ten Best Films from Central and East Europe 2002/2003, International Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice 2003
Top Twenty: Best Documentaries in 2002/2003, Warsaw Doc Review 04, Best of Documentary: Opening Film


Milano Design Film Festival 2015, Italy
Rostfest Festival Eisenerz 2015, Austria
K3 Festival @ Kinoteka Ljubljana 2012, Slovenia
Internationaler Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2012, Germany
Festival du Film Luxembourgeois Athen 2011, Greece
Alternative Film/Video 2010 - Festival of New Film and Video - Serbia
International Film Festival Thessaloniki 2010, Greece
Kurzfilmfestival Temesvar 2010 - Rumania
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai 2010 - India
Linoleum Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-Art Moscow 2009 - Russia
Festival Der neue Heimatfilm Freistadt 2009 - Austria
Festival of European Film Kyoto 2009 - Japan
Festival of European Film Tokyo 2009 - Japan
Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille 2008 - France
Cadore Doc Film Festival, Pieve di Cadore 2008 - Italy
Animator International Film Festival Poznan 2008 - Poland
Mediterranean Environmental Award Almeria 2008 - Spain
Linoleum Festival of Alternative Animation Moscow 2007 - Russia
Festival Cinéfleuve Liège 2007 - Belgium
Festival Cinéfleuve Charleroi 2007, Belgium
Festival Cinéfleuve Trier 2007 - Germany
Independent Film Show Napoli 2006 - Italy
Cinescienza Documentary Review Pisa 2006 - Italy
The Best of INPUT Goethe-Institut London 2005 - UK
Dissolvenze Film Festival Gradisca 2005 - Italy
Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival Graz 2005 - Austria
The Best of INPUT in Porto Alegre 2005 - Brazil
Kurzfilmbiennale, Ludwigsburg 2005 - Germany
Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2005 - Kosovo
Io, Isabella International Film Week Valsinni 2005 - Italy
Cadore Doc Festival, Pieve di Cadore 2005 - Italy
Roma Art Doc Fest 2005 - Italy
INPUT 2005 San Francisco 2005 - USA
Trento International Film Festival of Mountains and Exploration 2005 - Italy
Moving Patterns New Electronic Music Festival, New York 2005 - USA
Festival Eurocine 2005 Bogota - Columbia
Campo Konex - Festival Interdisciplinario di Cinematográfica Buenos Aires 2005 - Argentina
Fly by Light - Road Cinema Festival 2005 - Thailand, China, Myanmar
Un autre cinéma autrichien - Institut Jean Vigo, Palais des Congrès, Perpignan 2005 - France
International Festival & Conference "Landscaping Action" Bordeaux 2004 - France
Ciné de Vanguardia en Austria, La Enana Marrón Madrid 2004 - Spain
International Sasà Award Catania Rom 2004 - Italy
International Festival Rencontres Vidéo Art Plastique Basse-Normandie 2004 - France
Instants Vidéo Nomade Festival, Cinéma Le Renoir Martigues 2004 - France
DIAGONALE On Tour Kapfenberg | Salzburg | Wels 2004 - Austria
Holland Animation Film Festival Utrecht 2004 - Netherlands
Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo 2004 - Italy
Festival International du court métrage de la Grande Région France, Belgique & Luxembourg Longwy, Arlon, Luxembourg 2004
Starz Denver International Film Festival 2004 - USA
Semaine des cultures étrangères, Cinéma Le Balzac Paris 2004 - France
International Film Festival of Fine Arts Szolnok 2004 - Hungary
Festival des Heimatfilms, Sommerakademie, Spital am Pyhrn 2004 - Austria
Fabrica Audiovisual Festival, Buenos Aires University 2004 - Argentina
Europafestival Drosendorf "on the road.still" 2004 - Austria
Medienforum Freiburg, Kino Avantgarde 2004 - Germany
CineVegas Film Festival Las Vegas 2004 - USA
Cinéfleuve Festival Saarbrucken-Trier-Nancy-Metz-Namur 2004
Semaine du cinéma autrichien, Cinéma des cinéastes, Paris 2004 - France
Warsaw Doc Review, Best of Documentary 2004 - Poland
COURTisane International Festival Ghent 2004 - Belgium
Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente 2004 - Argentina
Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart 2004 - Germany
European Documentary Film Festival Oslo 2004 - Norway
Doc Aviv - Tel Aviv Doc Film Festival 2004 - Israel
Women in the Director's Chair International Film Festival Chicago 2004 - USA
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2004 - USA
Festival Némo, Forum des Images, Paris 2004 - France
Semana cultural de Austria en Valladolid 2004 - Spain
Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg 2004 - Germany
Circulo de Bellas Artes, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid 2003 - Spain
Semarang International Film Festival Java 2003 - Indonesia
Festival du Film Autrichien Paris 2003 - France
AniMadrid 2003 - Spain
Sitges Festival Internacional 2003 - Spain
VIPER Basel Internationales Medienkunstfestival 2003 - Switzerland
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam IFDA 2003 - Netherlands
Female Eye Film Festival 2003 - Toronto
Semana Cine Experimental Madrid 2003 - Spain
Kassel Documentary Film Festival 2003 - Germany
Ourense Internacional Independent Film Festival 2003 - Spain
The 20th Annual Olympia Film Festival Washington 2003 - USA
São Paulo International Film Festival 2003 - Brasil
Bergen International Film Festival 2003 - Norway
Festival Der neue Heimatfilm Radstadt 2003 - Austria
Montréal Festival international du Nouveau Cinéma et des Nouveaux Médias 2003 - Canada
dokumentART Neubrandenburg 2003 - Germany
Semaine du Film Luxembourgeois 2003 - Luxembourg
Leeds International Film Festival 2003 - UK
Cinéma au Féminin Bordeaux 2003 - France
CinemaTexas Austin 2003 - USA
Athens International Film Festival 2003 - Greece
ars electronica Linz 2003 - Austria
Festival des Neuen Heimatfilms Freistadt 2003 - Austria
Brisbane International Film Festival 2003 - Australia
Melbourne International Film Festival 2003 - Australia
Jerusalem Film Festival 2003 - Israel
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2003
Festival Internacional de Vila do Conde 2003
International Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice 2003 - Slovakia
Pesaro Film Festival of New Cinema 2003 - Italy
Les meilleurs courts de Cannes à Paris 2003 - France
Festival de Cannes 2003 - France
Diagonale - Festival des Österreichischen Films 2003 - Austria
Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival - Austria