From the Archives: Documentary

Sisters Alexandra and Elisabeth retrace the journey of their grandfather Franz Wedenig in Next Stop: Reset, a touching intergenerational documentary about exploring one’s heritage. Shot in an abstract yet intimate format that follows trains through Switzerland, France and Spain, Alexandra – who directed the film – blends collage-type visuals and fantastical effects to map out their journey before the pair arrive at their destination.

Through recreating the stills from her grandfather’s voyage, the sisters appear to be stretching across the years between their two journeys and creating a photographic cross-section of their combined identities. 

Wedenig is a multiple award-winning Austrian director. Her feature film Reflections of Maya Rose won the Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival and the Gold Lion Award at the Barcelona Film Festival. 

Next Stop: Reset played at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2019 as part of its documentary strand. ASFF – which returns for its 10th edition in 2020 – has expanded its non-fiction strand in recent to include feature films and a groundbreaking programme of interactive factual storytelling. At its heart, however, remains a varied, insightful and expansive array of short-form documentaries like Bishopp’s that range from classic linear filmmaking to more visually experimental entries, all from a vast range of different countries. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.