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FREUD

Almost 80 years after the death of the founder of psychoanalysis, Robert Finster is taking on the role of the young Sigmund Freud – not a Freud who is spending his time on the couch with theory and analysis, but one who is on a restless, heated and wild hunt for a murderer.

Our young Sigmund Freud is lurching from one professional crisis to the next. The world is simply not ready for his theories – until a murderous conspiracy begins brewing in the dark alleys of turn-of-the-century Vienna, pulling him into the most hidden corners of human consciousness. At Finster’s side are Ella Rumpf as the infamous medium Fleur Salomé, and Georg Friedrich as war veteran Alfred Kiss.

The extravagant Vienna of the 1890s, famous for its decadence and the dark underbelly of its high society, is the backdrop for mysterious murders and political intrigues in the eight 45-minute episodes of the new Austro-German production. The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker Marvin Kren, who also wrote the scripts together with Stefan Brunner and Benjamin Hessler.

Freud is co-produced by Satel Film and Bavaria Fiction for ORF and Netflix, with the support of Vienna Film Fund and Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. ZDF Enterprises handles international sales.

The Salzburg Murders


From the beginning of April until the beginning of May 2015, Florian Teichtmeister and Michael Fitz stood in front of the cameras in Salzburg as a pair of Austrian-Bavarian investigators. ‘ Die Toten von Salzburg’ is directed by Erhard Riedlsperger, who, alongside Klaus Ortner, is also responsible for the screenplay. Other stars include Erwin Steinhauer, Fanny Krausz, Harald Windisch, Simon Hatzl and, of course, the stunning setting of Mozart- and Festival city Salzburg and its surroundings.

“Die Toten von Salzburg” is a coproduction between ORF and ZDF, supported through the television fund Austria (Fernsehfonds Austria), Stadt Salzburg and the Land Salzburg.

Synopsis:
When there’s a murder in the border region of Bavaria and Salzburg, it is not always clear under whose authority the investigations should fall. When crooked real estate broker Holzer is found dead, Salzburg’s Major Peter Palfinger and Bavarian Chief Inspector Hubert Mur join forces. However, their partnership is not voluntary and they are off to a bumpy start due to their differences in character and opposing professional approaches. While Mur is a straightforward rationalist who reaches his goals through perseverance, Palfinger is fascinated by the complexity of the human psyche. Bound to a wheelchair since a paragliding accident a year ago, he has a different perception of people and the environment, seeing things that may remain hidden to others. Incomplete paraplegia. This diagnosis was a radical turning point in Palfinger’s ife. The incorrigible optimist, however, takes it as a challenge. He is convinced that his paraplegia is curable and he trains hard to prove it. Eventually he wants to conquer the Untersberg again. Without a wheelchair. On his own two feet.

DISHED UP | Aufgetischt


AUFGETISCHT (DISHED UP) is a 45-minute documentary format, which takes a thoughtful approach to portraying different regions and the lives of their inhabitants. It allows people to describe their creative interactions with existing resources, thereby creating a complex, distinctive and authentic portrait of their respective environments, avoiding all clichés.
AUFGETISCHT is interested in the little sensations of everyday life and examines them with a sensitive curiosity. Anything that happens can only happen here, in this particular place, and through this, identities are formed. The heartbeat of each region manifests itself in the work of its craftspeople, the creations of its artists, and in the produce that on the plates of its chefs.
Every person is unique and so is every landscape. Being able to discover and relate this is part of AUFGETISCHT.
The stories told are always personal yet representative of a region’s character, the script of each episode follows the course of a day – morning, midday, evening and night – which gives the format a fixed frame. While mealtimes, both lunch and dinner, are an integral part of each episode, they are interwoven in a way that allows the stories to unfold.

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The Russian city of Sochi on »Russia’s Riviera« is a traditional summer resort for Russia’s rich and beautiful. It was also chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics by the International Olympics Committee (the IOC). It was a bizarre choice.  

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Legendary White Stallions

The origins of the famous white horses can be found with the Berber people of North Africa. Legendary riders, the Berbers tamed these proud animals long before they became an embodiment of Austrian culture. Styrian filmmaker and ‘Romy’ winner Michael Schlamberger has set a cinematic monument to the Lipizzaner horses. Produced by SATEL and Science Vision, the film team meticulously traced the horses’ historical steps, leading them as far as Morocco, Andalusia, and Slovenia, but also to the Federal Stud Piber, the Heldenberg in Lower Austria and the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. At the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in October 2013 the film was awarded the Silver Dolphin in the category ‘History and Civilization’.

2011 – 2013 | HD | 16:9 | 52 min | 5.1 & Stereo | German | English
Screenplay, Direction and Cinematography: Michael Schlamberger
Producers Heinrich Ambrosch, Bettina Kuhn, Rita Schlamberger
A coproduction of Science Vision and Satel Film

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.