Film Archive

Lampedusa in Winter

Documentary Film
Italy,
Austria,
Switzerland
2015
93 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jakob Brossmann
Jakob Brossmann
Serafin Spitzer, Christian Flatzek
Nela Märki

When the flood of refugees began to cross the Mediterranean, the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa became a projection screen for paranoid xenophobes and a symbol of an inhumane asylum policy. In the winter of 2014, theatre artist and filmmaker Jakob Brossmann travelled to the island to find out what life there is really like. The tourists and media are gone and the inhabitants’ real problems come to the fore: the old ferry, essential for their survival, burnt down and was replaced by an even older one. That’s why the fishermen go on strike. A group of refugees who have been stuck on the island for months want to cross to the mainland. They are on strike in front of the church. Because there’s no ferry, waste is piling up and food is running out. In the midst of this tense situation two women, the mayor and a dedicated lawyer, are fighting for humane solutions out of deep personal conviction. Brossmann’s observations are unobtrusive and precise. He confidently guides us through the events of this crisis while introducing places and people that are linked to the immigrants’ fate. What’s remarkable is that the inhabitants and refugees refuse to be instrumentalised against each other. Both groups are victims of the same cynical policies. Showing this clearly is the great strength of the film. Matthias Heeder


Limes: Bioborder / Park / Spektakel

Documentary Film
Austria
2001
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English Captions

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Kollektiv wr
Kollektiv wr
Kollektiv wr
Kollektiv wr
Kollektiv wr
Kollektiv wr
Philosophical film essay about the meaning of borders and their supposed naturalness.

One Day in Sarajevo

Documentary Film
Austria,
Bosnia-Herzegovina
2015
60 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Damir Ibrahimovic, Jasmila Zbanic
Jasmila Zbanić
Christine A. Maier
Isabel Meier
Igor Camo
On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot the heir presumptive to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo. A momentous assassination that is considered to have triggered the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who has already tried to come to terms with history in her award winning feature films, visits the site of the historic event and asks people what they think of the assassin. Some see Princip as a national hero who fought for Bosnian freedom; others see him as a terrorist who destroyed the existing order. Žbanić mixes her own material with images the inhabitants and tourists recorded on their mobile devices, juxtaposing these contemporary images with excerpts from feature films about the assassination. The result is a multilayered view of the event and its consequences, not without some funny moments but primarily a reflection about what a nation deduces from its history. In Sarajevo, almost ahistorical moments of celebrations with marching children in uniform and machine guns are set against the critical voices of the counter-demonstrators who, in the spirit of the Occupy movement, are fighting against a new occupation of Bosnia: this time by capitalism.

Lina Dinkla
International Programme 2015
Since the World Was World Günter Schwaiger

Slaughtering, ploughing, harvesting grapes and searching for illegal marihuana plants in the cornfield. Being a farmer in Castile: doggedly traditional in the crisis – a warm-hearted observation.

Since the World Was World

Documentary Film
Austria,
Spain
2015
103 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Günter Schwaiger, Cristina G. Alía
Günter Schwaiger
Bence Boka, Los Linces
Günter Schwaiger
Günter Schwaiger, Martin Eller
Günter Schwaiger
Cristina García Alía
Gonzalo is a farmer of the old school who lives with his family in Castile. To be called an agronomist would probably be an insult to someone like him. His way of managing things is in many ways the opposite of the all-devouring economisation of all areas of life. But he only chose this existence as a resistance fighter half-freely – the other half was forced upon him. First of all by a tradition that’s effectively in his bones. Then by a deep rootedness in the soil that nourishes him. And finally by a sturdy philosophy that makes him say such simple and clear things like: “When everyone was throwing money out of the window and lighting fires with banknotes, our kind was considered outdated and backward. Now that most people have lost everything the others are no better off than us, and we are more or less the same.”

Empathetic “Schadenfreude” und a surrealist sense of humour are essential parts of Gonzalo’s rustic world. Günter Schwaiger’s affectionate long-term observation of this world could also be seen as cinematic medication to strengthen our immune system against the temptations of consumerism and agricultural capitalism – defences our mind urgently needs.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2015
The Punishment Goran Rebić

Belgrade on the eve of the new millennium. What have ten years of war, NATO bombardment and embargo done to the people? A direct and atmospheric picture of an isolated and disoriented Serbian society.

The Punishment

Documentary Film
Austria
2000
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Franz Novotny, Ljubiša Samardžić
Goran Rebić
Jerzy Palacz
Martin Matusiak
Goran Rebić
Radoslav Bojković, Branko Djordjević
Belgrade on the eve of the new millennium. What have ten years of war, NATO bombardment and embargo done to the people? A direct and atmospheric picture of an isolated and disoriented Serbian society.
Retrospective 2015
Über die Grenze: Tschechisch-Velenice Grenzenlos Jan Gogola

A Czech border town gets itself ready for Europe. Jan Gogola’s humorous contribution to the portmanteau film “Across the Border”, awarded the Golden Dove in 2004.

Über die Grenze: Tschechisch-Velenice Grenzenlos

Documentary Film
Austria
2004
25 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Jan Gogola
Vladan Vála
Andrea Pugner
Jan Gogola
Jiří Melcher
A Czech border town gets itself ready for Europe. Jan Gogola’s humorous contribution to the portmanteau film “Across the Border”, awarded the Golden Dove in 2004.

Wie die anderen

Documentary Film
Austria
2015
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Johannes Rosenberger
Constantin Wulff
Johannes Hammel
Dieter Pichler
Constantin Wulff
Claus Benischke, Andreas Hamza, Klaus Kellermann
Once psychiatric institutions were regarded as the marginal zones of civilisation where the “deranged” people were excluded (or locked away) from the community of the “healthy”. Today this is considered an untenable stereotype, at least in theory. However, there is a lack of images suitable for internalising such assumptions in practice and permanently. Constantin Wulff, a dedicated representative of Direct Cinema, and his cinematographer Johannes Hammel spent one and a half years at the child and adolescent psychiatry of the hospital of Tulln in Lower Austria, observing the human and institutional processes set in motion when children and adolescents suddenly get off track. How does anyone end up in such an institution? How does one become a “case”? Even if such a “case” can only be worked out in any meaningful way when people look beyond the process and re-focus on the human being.

With admirable confidence Wulff balances his film between rash chumminess and cheap distance – always trying to do justice to the very complex interactions playing out in before his lens. Also at the focus: institutional work as a permanent balancing act between gentleness and pressure, routine and emotional involvement, regulations and improvisations.

Ralph Eue