Conducting a series of experiments in his makeshift home-lab, a skeptical IT worker tries to cure his harrowing hearing impairment. But where will his research lead him? MASKING THRESHOLD combines a chamber play, a scientific procedural, an unpacking video and a DIY YouTube channel while suggesting endless vistas of existential pain and decay. Glimpse the world of the nameless protagonist in this eldritch tale, which is by no means for the faint of heart.
“MASKING THRESHOLD is a film about a suffering, stubborn person whose worldview and beliefs are turned on their head, whose dogmas come out against the world and himself,” Grenzfurthner tells us. “My protagonist is queer, so you want to understand the societal pressure on him, you want to understand the trauma he went through, and the burden of his awful illness. But a point comes when sympathy for him dissolves into horror.“
In cooperation with
Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films
Director Johannes Grenzfurthner • Writer “Johannes Grenzfurthner
Samantha Lienhard” • Cinematography Florian Hofer • Edit “Johannes Grenzfurthner
Florian Hofer” • Cast Ethan Haslam, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Jason Scott Sadofsky • Producer Patrick Michael Greene • Music Mathias Augdoppler, Tina Gruensteidl • Sound Michael Casentini, Michael Donaldson • Prod. Company Monochrom Propulsion Systems
Johannes Grenzfurthner (*1975) is an Austrian artist, filmmaker, writer, actor, curator, theatre director, performer and lecturer. Grenzfurther is the founder, conceiver and artistic director of MONOCHROM, an international art and theory group. Grenzfurther is an outspoken researcher in subversive and underground culture, for example the field of sexuality and technology and one of the founders of techno-hedonism.