monochrom presents

A film paved with good intentions

By Johannes Grenzfurthner

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Puppets! Pixels! Anime! Live action! Stock footage!

Lumpennerd Johannes Grenzfurthner gives an ideotaining cinematic revue about important political concepts. Everyone is talking about freedom! Privacy! Identity! Resistance! The Market! The Left! But, yikes, Johannes can't tolerate ignorant and topically abusive comments on the "Internet" anymore! Supported by writer Ishan Raval, in this film, Johannes explains, re-evaluates, and sometimes sacrifices political golden calves of discourse.

Not to be used with false consciousness or silicone-based lubricant.

Glossary of Broken Dreams (2018) on IMDb

Featuring: Amber Benson, Max Grodénchik, Jeff Ricketts, Jason Scott, Stefanie Sargnagel, Gerald Votava, Robert Stachel, Stuart Freeman, Katharina Stemberger, Conny Lee, Jolyne Schlien Schürmann, Hannes Duscher, Roland Gratzer, Alexander E. Fennon, Michael J. Epstein, Michael Smulik, Kudra Owens, Martin Auer, David Dempsey, Anna Behne... and many others.

With artworks and animations by Bonni Rambatan, Matt J. Frith, James Brothwell, Clemens Kindermann, Stevyn Prothero, Steve Reeder... and many more.

Produced and edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner; co-produced by Günther Friesinger.

Written by Johannes Grenzfurthner and his intellectual sparring partner Ishan Raval.

Sound design (and audioscape underlying the narration) created by Daniel Hasibar.

Music by Michael Donaldson, Inti-Illimani, wobblersound, Kasson Crooker, Duscher&Gratzer, Bottervogel, Christoph Burstup Weiss... and many more.

Thanks to Chris S. Sims for his invaluable help as language consultant.

Runtime: 98 minutes.
Color and B/W.

Online release/sales start February 1, 2019.

Quotes about the film:

"This monumental mosaic is taking the audience on a ride through an encyclopedia of overused, misconceived, and corrupted concepts and ideas. The fact that it concerns the favorite vocabulary of current discourses, the golden calves of contemporary controversy, makes for a considerably explosive force." (Boing Boing)

"A swan song to the society of ignorance..." (Skug)

"Glossary of Broken Dreams is a nerdgasm of creative consciousness meets good intentions and abundant doses of intellectually informed human compassion. It'll fuck with your mind. Then laugh." (The Independent Critic, Richard Propes)

"It's aggressive, doesn't pull punches, and burns through ideas at machine-gun rate... 97 head-spinning minutes of core dump rage and frustration that is also entertaining and witty." (Film Threat)

"Brilliant feat..." (Profil)

"Popcultural wholesale assault..." (Diagonale 2018)

"Sometimes it feels as if the entire content of Wikipedia would be rammed into your brain with a USB stick." (Press Play)

"If Slavoj Zizek would create Kinder Surprise Eggs, this film would be in them." (RDTB)

"Grenzfurthner is our guide through a political minefield, giving us his notes like an angry chorus from the ancient Greek and Shakespearean plays... an unmethodical survey of a gargantuan topic." (ScreenCritix)

"It's really hard to deny the expert way this movie was pieced together. It's a mix and match party of epic proportions." (IndyRed)

"The movie delivered on many more levels than I expected possible. It has the potential to break into echo chambers and filter bubbles; it can empower people by providing them with a deeper understanding of the human condition." (CelebBeat)

"Despite addressing political issues, revolutionary ideas and gently poking at the present culture of lackadaisical, dependent and largely misinformed public/audience, the film delivers its content with class, wit and generous humour." (Indie Shorts Mag)

"Grenzfurthner gleefully sends [concepts] to the butcher, he wallows in their intestines, reads them to reveal an uncertain future." (Zebrabutter)

"A highly intelligent and topical film, Glossary of Broken Dreams is an engaging epistemological documentary that will have you chuckling about, choking on, and considering the validity of, your political ideology." (UK Film Review)

"Is it a narrative film? Is it a documentary? Is it both?" (MicroFilmmaker Magazine)

"An exhausting, maddening experience..." (Film Inquiry)

"Glossary of Broken Dreams would be a proper commedia if it weren't so tragic - and yet it cleverly plays with both classifications, either juxtaposing or simply interchanging them, thus contributing to the ultimate proof of the non-existence of binaries." (The 405)

"This movie should be seen by everyone trying to understand what is going on with the world and this generation. All of those concepts that Johannes explores, and that make our generation tick, are in the end all broken dreams." (Let's Geek)


Accolade Competition - Winner: Award of Merit (March 2018)
The IndieFest - Winner: Award of Merit (May 2018)
Subversive Cinema Society - Winner: Best Experimental Film (May 2018)
HOPE Con - Winner: Best Hacker Film (July 2018)
The Indie Gathering - Winner: Foreign Documentary Feature (July 2018)
Impact Docs Awards - Winner: Award of Merit - Documentary Feature (July 2018)
Courage Film Festival - Semi-Finalist: Feature Film 2018 (September 2018)
Prince of Prestige Award - Winner: Original Concept 2018 (November 2018)
Austrian Filmfestival - Winner: Best Feature Length Film (November 2018)
Qualified for Austrian Film Awards - Documentary Feature 2018 (tba, fall 2018)

Press links:

FM4 / interview (March 6, 2018)
Profil (March 12, 2018)
Press Play (March 14, 2018) / interview (March 15, 2018)
Die Presse (March 20, 2018)
Film Threat (March 28, 2018)
Skug (March 29, 2018)
CelebBeat (March 30, 2018)
IndyRed (March 31, 2018)
ScreenCritix (March 31, 2018)
The Independent Critic (April 1, 2018)
Indie Shorts Mag (April 11, 2018)
Zebrabutter (April 25, 2018)
UK Film Review (May 5, 2018)
MicroFilmmaker Magazine (May 14, 2018)
Laughing Squid (May 17, 2018)
The 405 (May 21, 2018)
Boing Boing (May 24, 2018)
Film Inquiry (May 30, 2018)
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (May 31, 2018)
Eight Measures (July 30, 2018)
Ray Kinomagazin (September 1, 2018)
Let's Geek (October 21, 2018)
Inforadio RBB (December 1, 2018) (November 20, 2019)
HFM Netzreporter (December 29, 2019)


Festival premiere at DIAGONALE 2018, Graz, Austria (March 16, 2018; 11 pm /
Party premiere at GARTENBAU KINO, Vienna, Austria (March 22, 2018; 8:45 pm / tickets)
Screening at Vermont International Film Festival (Champlain College, Perry Hall, 420), Burlington VT, USA (April 11, 2018; 6:30 pm / location)
Screening at Maison 2109, Montreal, Canada (April 15, 2018; 7 pm / location)
Screening at Local64, Montpelier VT, USA (April 17, 2018; 7 pm / location)
Screening at Hackarnaval (Musée des Arts et Métiers), Paris, France (May 17, 2018; 1 pm / location)
Screening at Zebrabutter, Hannover, Germany (June 3, 2018; 1 pm / at Apollo Kino Linden, Hannover: tickets)
Screening at HBK Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (June 4, 2018; 9:15 pm) / at Universum Filmtheater: tickets tba)
Screening at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany (June 5, 2018; 7 pm / at Scala Programmkino: tickets)
Screening at HOPE Con 2018, Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC, USA (July 20-22, 2018)
Screening at Hole in the Sky, Washington DC, USA (July 25, 2018 / location)
Screening at Gen Con Film Festival 2018, Westin Hotel, Indianapolis, USA (August 2-5, 2018, tickets via Gen Con 2018)
Screening at The Indie Gathering, The Norwood, Hudson, Ohio, USA (August 9th-12th, 2018 / location)
Screening at Grüne Jugend Sommercamp, Schierke, Germany (August 9, 2018 / event)
Screening at c-base Berlin, Germany, invited by Böll-Stiftung (November 30, 2018 / event)
Screening at Eleuzina, Banská Stiavnica, Slovakia (October 22, 2018 / location)
Screening at iRRland, Munich, Germany (March 1, 2019 / event)
Screening at Diametrale, Innsbruck, Austria (April 12, 2019 / tickets)
Screening at re:publica, Berlin, Germany (April 7, 2019 / tickets)
Screening at Revelation Perth International Film Festival (July 4-18, 2019 / tickets)
Screening at B3 Biennial, Frankfurt, Germany (October 16, 2019 / tickets)
Screening at Celludroid Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa (September 1-10, 2021)
Screening at Stadtkino Vienna (September 15, 2021)

And, as we have heard, our film has already been dumped into the wonderous cesspool of the torrent world. Gulp. What a frickin' force of nature! Please consider donating some buckazoids. Thanks.

Theatrical release:

October 4, 2018 at Top Kino in Vienna, Austria
(three weeks of daily screenings)

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About Johannes.
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