All posts by S. G.

KRAMBAMBULI

Awarded the Adolf Grimme Preis 1998, highly recommended and supported through the MEDIA programme


Based on a novel by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Directed by Xaver Schwarzenberger
Year of production:
1998
Starring:
Tobias Moretti, Gabriel Barylli, Christine Neubauer

When the old forester is shot by a poacher, a young man who is determined to bring down the poachers takes over. His most loyal companion in this struggle is Krambambuli, their leader’s dog, with whose help he manages to catch the murderer. He pays for his success, however, with his marital bliss.

The Vast Domain

Winner of two German Film Awards


It is the period around 1910, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. A male dominated circle of upper middle class, nouveaux riches, officers, doctors and artists spends the time between sensual adventures and broken hearts playing tennis, visiting the theatre and hiking in the countryside. Thanks to husband Friedrich’s affairs, the Hofreiters’ marriage is under a lot of strain. Affairs, however, are the norm in this society, appearances are kept up by remaining silent. It is only when Friedrich discovers his wife Genia has started an affair with a friend’s son that he forces a lethal confrontation with the other man.

Based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler
Directed by Luc Bondy
Year of production: 1987
Starring: Michael Piccoli, Bulle Ogier

KOTTAN ERMITTELT – RIEN NE VAS PLUS


Written by Jan Zenker based on an idea by Helmut Zenker
Directed by Peter Pathak
Year of production: 2010
Starring: Lukas Resetarits, Johannes Krisch, Robert Stadlober, Udo Samel, Bibiana Zeller, Wolfgang Böck, Simon Schwarz, Mavie Hörbiger

Rien ne vas plus – no more goes in the economy. The world has become a dark hole of crises and bankruptcies. But in the police everyone dreams of rising in the ranks. Everyone except Adolf Kottan, who has been suspended. Indefinitely. However, when, literally out of the blue, a dead body smashes onto his car, it’s the end of the peace. Next to the body a card is found saying ‘Rien ne vas plus – no further bets’ and on its back there are seven names. Three murders in 24 hours – Police President Pilch is desperate. After all, he is trying to get into the Ministry of the Interior and for that he needs to be able to show some success. Kottan finally agrees to help. This makes it clear: Kottan investigates once again!

Where I Belong


Screenplay and direction: Fritz Urschitz
Year of production: 2011
Starring: Matthias Habich, Johannes Krisch, Natalie Press
London at the end of the Fifties. During the Second World War Friedrich Kohschnitz flees to England. His daughter Rosemarie grows up a sheltered young woman; however, while the father is busy fighting a hopeless battle over his Vienna house, Rosemarie falls for Anton, a wealthy Austrian refugee and friend of her father’s. When she finds out that Anton is married, it is too late: she is already pregnant.

1809 – Freedom of the Eagle

In 1805, Napoleon defeats the Russian and Austrian troops at the Battle of Austerlitz. As a consequence, Tyrol has to be ceded to Napoleon. Andreas Hofer and Joachim Haspinger seek out Archduke Johann in Vienna and ask him to use his influence in support of Tyrol, which has lost many of its old rights and privileges.

The archbishop assures them of his support. Full of newfound hope and under the influence of fanatic Capuchin monk Haspinger, who is willing to use any means necessary to destroy his enemies, the devout pacifist Andreas Hofer enters the unequal struggle against Napoleon. The Tyroleans are beaten in the final battle at Bergisel. Having been declared an outlaw, Andreas Hofer hides in the mountains but is betrayed, arrested, and, on 20 February 1810, executed in Mantua.

His rise and fall, despair and humility make him one of the most unusual heroes of European history.

Directed by Xaver Schwarzenberger
Year of production: 2001
Starring: Tobias Moretti, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Julia Stemberger, Gregor Bloeb, Guntram Brattia, Martina Gedeck, Karl Markovics, Heio von Stetten

Princess Marie


Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Year of production: 2003
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Heinz Bennent, Anna Bennent, Sebastian Koch, Elisabeth Orth, Gertraud Jesserer, Fritz von Friedl

Marie Bonaparte, great-grand niece of Napoleon I, is not only incredibly rich but also a fascinating intellectual, who is ahead of her times. She fights for self-realisation, her independence and sexual fulfilment. Because of her frigidity she seeks treatment with Dr Freud. Beyond their close doctor-patient relationship, there develops a deep and conflicted friendship between the two and a fruitful scientific collaboration.

With great personal and financial effort she helps Freud and his family to move to London following the rise to power of the Nazis and Austria’s annexation. Freud dies there a year later, in 1939. Marie Bonaparte played a significant role in spreading Freud’s teachings and advancing French psychoanalysis when she became an analyst herself. She practiced until her death in 1962.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Year of production: 2003
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Heinz Bennent, Anna Bennent, Sebastian Koch, Elisabeth Orth, Gertraud Jesserer, Fritz von Friedl

Radetzky March

Awarded with the Golden Nymph Award of Monte Carlo


Based on a novel by Joseph Roth
121, 78, and 97 minutes
Directed by Michael Kehlmann
Year of production: 
1994
Starring: 
Max von Sydow, Tilman Günther, Charlotte Rampling, Elena Sofia Ricci, Gert Voss, Karl Heinz Hackl

A young lieutenant of petty bourgeois origin who, after saving the emperor’s life at the battle of Solferino, is celebrated as a hero and has been elevated to the peerage cannot come to terms with how the army justifies its practices in the name of political wisdom and decides to leave. He also forbids his son Franz von Trotta to join. Franz then puts the pressure on his own son, wanting him to revive the grand military tradition of the family. The unstable Carl Joseph, however, finds himself unable to live up to the unattainable ideal of his grandfather. He quits his service after tragic events but ends up dying an unheroic war death nonetheless.

OPERNBALL

Awarded the Golden Nymph of Monte Carlo 1998 and the Golden Screen Award 1999


Vienna Opera Ball – the ball event of the year – becomes the target of a poison gas attack. The cameras broadcast the disaster live all over Europe. Journalist Kurt Fraser is an eyewitness. He has to watch helplessly as his son, who works as a cameraman, is killed in the attack. Fraser is determined to find the murderers. His investigations lead him to the subversive activities of a neo-Nazi group. The longer he searches the stronger becomes a terrible suspicion: did the broadcaster know of the attack?

Based on a novel by Josef Haslinger
2 x 90 minutes
Directed by Urs Egger
Year of production: 1997
Starring: Heiner Lauterbach, Franca Potente, Gudrun Landgrebe

The Healer


Since childhood, Halfried Seelig has had an unusual gift: she can cure the sick through the laying on of her hands and her mental powers. And yet she could not prevent her father’s death from cancer. She hasn’t used her powers in many years, on the one hand she does not want to embarrass her husband Rudi, the local doctor, on the other she wants to avoid conflict with her daughter Marion, who secretly blames her mother for her grandfather’s death. As a firm believer in and practitioner of conventional medicine, she sees her mother’s alternative methods as dangerous charlatanry.

But then Hailfried accidentally heals a seriously ill patient in her husband’s practice. She sees it as a sign of fate and decides to stop denying her gift. However, while she earns the respect and gratitude of a growing number of patients, her family threatens to break when the conflicts between its members flare up once again.

Directed by Holger Barthel
Year of production: 2004
Starring: Ruth Drexel, Branko Samarovski, Geno Lechner, Markus Boysen, Lea Kurka, Elisabeth Orth, Cornelius Obonya

THE HEALER, PART 2


Halfried tries to distance herself more and more from her healing practices. Due to her past success, however, the number of requests she receives does not diminish. She is also concerned to see the burgeoning ability in her granddaughter Laura. Since her daughter Marion had such difficulties with her own abilities, she tries to pass on an understanding of the gift and what it means to her granddaughter. Marion has returned to the place of her roots and yet she lives a lonely life despite family involvement. It is only with the appearance of a childhood friend that she begins to flourish.

Halfried increasingly has encounters that are new and strange but also fascinating and she sees the level of her ability being enhanced.

Directed by Holger Barthel
Year of production: 2006
Written by Felix Mitterer
Director of photography: Peter von Haller