Andrej Zdravic

Phenix (1975) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Filmed at the Ljubljana Clinical Center, Yugoslavia. PHENIX is dedicated to my father Franjo, a plastic surgeon and holistic healer, because through him a new world of beauty and meaning opened up for me. "I have never seen any of Zdravic's work before, but what I saw last Wednesday left me so intrigued that I am anxiously looking forward to seeing more of his work. I saw part of his surgery room film, shot in Yugoslavia; it has an extraordinary visual and emotional power." -- Jonas Mekas, Anthology Film Archives "As its title suggests, PHENIX expresses a commitment to life, to a reborn physicality. Zdravic engages the viewer of PHENIX in a transcendent journey from the physical to the metaphysical, from the horrific to the sublime." -- Bruce Jenkins, Media Study, Buffalo

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Andrej Zdravic

Breath (1976) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"BREATH consists of nothing more than shots of a newspaper blowing in the wind of empty New York streets. But Zdravic doesn't treat this subject with the wispy lyricism of Brakhage or Marie Menken. The newspaper is just a newspaper - a 'found object' a la Duchamp. The soundtrack, as in all Zdravic 's films, was recorded on the spot -- its on/off click as each shot is taken making for musique concrete accompaniment." -- David Ehrenstein, Los Angeles Herald Examiner "What is most striking about Zdravic's work right now is a vivid sense of how the frame of the screen traps -- and thus compresses and heightens - the energy of movement." -- Amy Taubin, The Soho Weekly News

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Andrej Zdravic

Currents (1979) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science/Medicine

"Currents" investigates the procedures of spinal stimulation which aim to improve condition of patients suffering from serious nervous diseases. A small electrical current is constantly moving through the nerves, muscles, and tissues of our body. It can be seen and heard with an electromyograph. By hearing it, a patient can re-learn certain physical functions that have been lost. In other instances, hearing this current can help doctors to determine the nature of a nerve disease otherwise undefinable. The spinal stimulation consists of softly activating the surrounding area of the nerve in question as to incite it to draw energy from it's own potential. In spite of its scientific background, "Currents" is my personal account of this enlightening experience. - A.Z.

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Andrej Zdravic

Anastomosis (1982) 16mm, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

"A very important film" Jonas Menkas "...challenges us to see out own absolute physical nature and leaves us blessed, humble and grateful." Gordon Ball "In Zdravic's film we see imagination reconstitute Nature through Technology. The process is complicated; cruel, yet caring, beautiful and grotesque. The result-- a hand, let us say, whose missing thumb is now a toe-- is at one and the same time magnificent in its revobered grave and monstrous in its form. Looking at such an image, we must question all 'natural' sentiment and aethetic 'givens,' for Zdravic's film has shown us the deeper beauties of imperfection." Dick Blau

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Andrej Zdravic

Restless (1987) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Iceland, where this film was shot in 1985, is in a state of continuing creation which manifests itself in hot springs, steam eruptions and geysers. It is a magical land of vast expanses, strange rock formations, countless rivers, cascades and glaciers. Its skies are laden with moisture and its Northern latitude accounts for seemingly endless (spring) days marked by eerie twilights. This windswept and desolate earth paradoxically vents great heat and energy from its inner core. RESTLESS evokes some of the power of this young Earth.

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