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Lost in Abeyance is the third feature film adaptation of the artist Alwin Lay featuring Andy Kaiser and Raphael Elliot in the lead. Lay’s film was nominated for best music in 2016. Unttld Contemporary is pleased to present Lost in Abeyance (DVD) for the first time in Austria.

The following discussion took place on a cold March night in Cologne, following Alwin Lay’s pitch screening of his new film Lost in Abeyance (DVD). The names of the persons were anonymised. However, it is important to accurately reflect on the atmosphere of the conversation:

The privately organised event took place in one of the compact and old cinemas of the city. The smell of dust and slightly stale air let to the break out of allergies. On leaving the building at 10.30 pm, rain was about to pour down and the freezing air creeped slowly under the skin. Most of the visitors gathered in front of the door after the event ended, only three of them smoked a cigarette. Some of them were still using the almost empty box with Kölsch for the last time.


A: What a movie.
B: Absolutely.
A: Have not you seen it before?
B: Pff, only cut-scenes. [pauses] At ArtCologne? I do not know.
A: Genius – I am really thrilled.
B: Super awesome! I could not believe the toaster did it in the end?
A: Yes – and it reminds me on your anecdote, the one with this carpet.
B: [laughs] really?
A: Well, kind of abstract, but never mind. This film is definitely packed. I mean – all the details. Crystal clear observations.
B: [laughs] Was the carpet actually rep or felt?
A: Are you kidding? [pauses briefly] That was the point of the story.
B: Mmh. I had the feeling the camera follows the light! As if there was no script. Perhaps they were in the desert – like Werner Herzog for Fritzcarraldo – and watched this 80s caravan pushing himself slowly through the dunes.
A: [laughs] And this trailer. Everything seems so simple. But you’re right, it is like watching the camera at work.
B: Exactly, a very accurate observation. But in the end you can see nothing of the effort they must have invested. Because you always believe the images – and it appears so logical.
A: Why do we still believe in physics? Goodbye gravitation.
B: [groans] My shoes are all wet.
A: But that is the good thing about it. You can no longer trust pictures.
B: You can no longer trust reality.
A: Not a good attitude these days.
B: Let´s hit the road.
[The listener slowly moves away from the speakers and the voices of A / B slowly dissipate]
B: [paused] I still can not believe the toaster did it(…)