The film plays with streams of images that do not undergo any narrative development and is backed by a minimalistic music with a metallic bell-like sound.
It is a state of perception that the film wants to trigger and perception is always subject to subjective experience. Which means that every viewer will probably have his own interpretation.
The audience has to let himself into the film and slide away by the sounds and imagery metamorphoses, and is invited to develop his own thoughts.
ITS EXISTENCE COMMENCED THIS HOUR is filmic poetry, the film runs exactly one hour – the film needs this space and this time in order to give the perception the space to forget the perceived time and to get in a continuum, in which one can drift.
In this respect, the film requires much of its observers to let go of the idea of the conventional narrative presentation that creates the dramaturgy with the help of excitement. ITS EXISTENCE COMMENCED THIS HOUR is inspired by minimal music, drone music and non-European music dramaturgy like gamelan and raga.
Wolfgang Lehmann (Germany)
In his early twenties Wolfgang Lehmann started writing film critiques and began working for the film club at the municipal cinema in Freiburg, a position he held until 2005.
As member of the board and later on executive chairman, he developed and organized several retrospectives and programmes. He focused on presenting works of the film- and video avant-garde from its historical beginning until today.
His first cinematic efforts were made in 1989. Since 1994 Wolfgang Lehmann has realized and produced his own films, and has received invitations for showings at festivals and museums in Europe, Japan, People's Republic of China inclusive Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Canada, USA, Argentina, Brazilian, Peru, Ecuador, Columbian and New Zealand. Retrospectives were shown in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Granada and Cagliari (Sardinia).
After living for a brief period in Berlin, Wolfgang Lehmann has resided in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife and his two children since 2006.