Cinematographic poem in two parts about the world of coal. The episodes shot in 16mm black & white are about the crew of a Polish coal ship - inspired by Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man - while the parts in colour are set in and around the world’s largest coal-fuelled power station.
Georg Tiller does not seem interested in socio-economic conditions: White Coal is a quest for forms and motives. In spun out, tranquil scenes, the camera glides past huge machines, open spaces and mysterious-looking control rooms. Tiller is primarily inspired by industrial films from the past (especially the 1920s), and the present.
As plot, dialogues and music are absent, Tiller demands a great deal of patience from the viewer, but this also forces us to watch more closely. And he invites us to allow our imaginations to run riot.

Filmmaker
Georg Tiller
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Austria
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
70’
Language
Cantonese
Producer
Georg Tiller
Production Company
Subobscura Films
Sales
Subobscura Films
Writer
Georg Tiller
Cinematography
Claudio Pfeifer
Editor
Viktor Hoffmann
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek
Cast
Franz Amann, Ladislav Gombrowizc
Website
http://subobscurafilms.com/white-coal