Welcome in Vienna – Partie 2 : Santa Fe / Wohin und zurück – Teil 2: Santa Fé
(Fiction, Austria/Germany, 1986, 118’, BW, Fr ST)
by Axel Corti
with Johannes Silberschneider, Gabriel Barylli, Monica Bleibtreu
New York 1940: persecuted earlier in Austria as a Jew, then stigmatized as an immigrant in New-York, Freddy Wolf is soon considered a German enemy when the United States enters the war. He decides to enlist in the American army to return to Europe and fight the Nazis.
“A remarkable procedure: how the characters disappear, caught up in history while in exile, but which is just as much a search for oneself. For Corti, even montage becomes an emblematic procedure for reconstructing tattered memories, inserting archive footage into a story filmed in grainy black and white more evocative of a 1940s film than a TV fiction of the 1980s. A new face incarnates Troller’s memory in Santa Fe, Freddy Wolff’s (Garbiel Barylli). Ferry and Freddy, whose names are so similar, could be the two faces of one and the same man: the one innocent, a child lost in the violence of history, “with his big axe”, and the other, resigned, stateless, who has understood that there is no salvation for him on this earth.” Alice Leroy, Critikat.com, 2011