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WORKING MAN'S DEATH
"Working Man's Death is not just worth watching for its content. It is a work of art that mobilises the resources of film language" -Pamela Biénzobas, FIPRESCI
"A sobering reality check for anyone who's ever complained about his job" -Variety
"Michael Glawogger's rather majestic Workingman's Death takes a symphonic structure to document some of the ugliest and most dangerous shit work on the globe. " -Village Voice
"A film of few words but plenty of indelible images...The movie has the structure and tone of an epic historical poem" -New York Times
-New York Post
"Glawogger is an extraordinarily elegant filmmaker with a photographer's eye for striking compositions...he excels at divining moments of pure cinema and haunting beauty out of the most perilous places and professions on Earth." -The Onion
Is heavy manual labor disappearing or just becoming invisible? Acclaimed Austrian documentary maker Michael Glawogger sets out to map it in all its magnificence and brutality, asking what it means for workers around the world. "They represent a forgotten kind of courage. The documentary is structured in six chapters as he begins in the Ukraine, where local men work in a mine they have dug themselves. Added to the physical dangers is the psychological toll of scratching out a living in a region haunted by the memory of its faded past glory. Similar stories unfold in the following chapters and all of this work is captured in Glawogger's characteristic stunning compositions, with an eye for the harsh grandeur of elemental and industrial environments." (Toronto International Film Festival)
Directed by Michael Glawogger, Austria/Germany, 2005, BetaSP, 122 mins. In English, Ibo, Indonesian, Mandarin and Russian with English subtitles.
Please note that this film contains scenes of animal slaughter which some viewers might find distressing.