PerSo Short

By Putz Martin
Austria, 2021, 30’

Wednesday 6th october Cinema Zenith – 17.30
Thursday 7th october Cinema Méliès – 15.30 (replica)


Year: 2021
Country: Austria
Duration: 30 min
Director: Martin Putz
Category: Documentary
Orig. Language: english, german, spanish
Subtitles: english, german

Director: Martin Putz
Cinematography: Martin Putz
Sound: Nora Czamler, Peter Kutin, Axel Traun
Editing: Petra Zöpnek
Sound Design: Sophie Wasserburg, Lara Zill, Joseph Nikolussi, Alexander Siegl
Soundmix: Alexander Koller, Peter Kutin
Production: Martin Putz
Production Manager: Hanne Lassl
Supported by: BKA – innovative film, Land Niederösterreich, Wien Kultur


“We are mad to be filming the wind; filming the impossible is what’s best in life.” The dream of making the wind graspable has stirred artists since time immemorial. Joris Ivens was not the only one fully aware of this futile endeavor. Martin Putz likewise searches the world for people and places of the wind, while mindful of the fact that only things standing in the way of the wind can provide an inkling of its workings. Without the friction and the motion the wind effects, it remains invisible.
One can grasp what is set in motion by the wind. A crane raising the giant blades of a wind turbine dimensionally recalls the battle of David and Goliath. This scene becomes central to Wind, as does the image from a mesmerizing science film that shows the beating wings of a moth as Thomas Macho’s voice explains the paradoxical fact that there is only one constant variable: that of perpetual transformation – namely of the wind which ceaselessly moves all it touches.

The wind told me a song…Science by way of the Beaufort scale registers 13 voices, from calm to hurricane force. But how might the forms and frequencies of air circulation be pictorially described? Framing the wind or the attempt to capture, corral, or trap this force of nature will always remain a quixotic fight against windmills. So, is this a story of defeat? Or is it the story of a wind-catcher who wishes to substantiate the incomprehensible by way of simple as well as complex technologies: in a wind tower, at the beach, in a scientific laboratory with a man-made wind tunnel – or most beautifully, in an open field where the wind seems to create its own trekking map, as led by the hand sketching its path.


Martin Putz was born in 1967, in Vienna. He has been working as a freelance Cinematographer since 1995. He was initially into experimental film and fiction, but today focuses on documentary forms, collaborating with diverse productions. He was the photography director of many movies, among which: The 727 days without Karamo (Anja Salomonowitz, 2013), Double Happiness (Ella Raidel,2014), House of Atonement ( Maya Mckechney, 2016), Conquerors (Sascha Regina Reichstein, 2017) and Mappamundi (Bady Minck,2017). Wind was his first movie as director. 

Filmography (as director)
Wind, 2021, Dokumentarfilm, 30 min

Filmography (as cinematographer)
Zwischennutzung, 2021, Dokumentarfilm, 90 min, Regie Dariusz Kowalski
2551.01, 2021, Spielfilm, 65 min, Regie Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Ordinary Creatures, 2020, Spielfilm, 75 min, Regie Thomas Marschall
Scenes from a War, 2020, 24 min, Regie Annja Krautgasser
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT, 2019, 72 min, Regie Anja Salomonowitz
Cavalcade, 2019, 5 min, Regie Johann Lurf u.v.a.