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The dead of Salzburg


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.

Date shown: Monday, 26. September 2016 in ZDF

Vienna Crime Squad | We Are Many


We Are Many – SOKO Vienna’s first feature-length case, directed by Sascha Bigler after a screenplay by Stefan Brunner .

Lieutenant colonel Helmuth Nowak (Gregor Seberg) is contemplating whether to take his leave from SOKO Vienna. Not least because his friend and colleague Carl (Stefan Juergens) is busy making plans for a future with state attorney Eva Winkler (Patricia Aulitzky), the woman Helmuth has secretly been in love with. His soul-searching, however, is interrupted by a new case: the body of a nun has been found in the walls of a basement, the letters YWS carved into her chest. While Penny (Lilian Klebow) is digging into the nun’s past and social circle, another body is found. The man has been killed in a similarly unusual manner: the stock broker suffocated on liquid gold which had been poured down his throat. Again, the letters YWS are found at the crime scene. Eva is supposed to help with the investigations but becomes a victim herself when she is kidnapped and her abduction publicised on social media. Her fate is to be decided via ‘likes’ as people vote on whether she should be punished – by death – for her corruption. The SOKO team are under pressure as the clock is literally ticking, in the form of an online countdown. Wohlfahrt (Helmut Bohatsch) believes there is only one person experienced enough to help them now: his former professor, Anton Feuerbach (Johannes Silberschneider), whose hacking skills are almost legendary. Wohlfahrt even decides to release Feuerbach from prison, where he is serving a sentence for data theft, so he can join the murder hunt. Will it be enough to stop the killer?

Screening: Autumn 2016 ORF 1

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

AVALANCHE OF THE CENTURY


Directed by Jörg Lühdorff
Written by Walter Kärger
Year of production: 2008
Starring: Vincent Perez, Désirée Nosbusch, Aladin Reibel, Eva Habermann

Anne and her boyfriend Marc are on standby duty for the Tyrolean mountain rescue in the mountain village of Vent when they are called to duty. Anne’s brother Michael’s life is in danger. Despite their greatest effort, the two do not manage to save Michael and are forced to watch as he falls to his death. The tragedy destroys Anne’s relationship with Marc, who turns his back on Vent and never hears of the birth of his son Nik. When Marc returns years later, the avalanche warnings are piling up and a disaster is on its way.

BEAR ON THE LOOSE


A few years ago it actually existed: the bear causing problems in the Tyrolean – Bavarian border region, which served screenwriter Felix Mitterer as a template for this satirical comedy. And so everybody chases Bruno the bear in ‘Bear on the Loose’: adventurer Wolfsgruber and zoo manager Rettensteiner in order to catch him, animal rights activist Linde Blümel to protect him from the hunters. But Bruno is not easily caught, not with bear traps nor by the hastily summoned Finnish bear hunters. He becomes not only a media sensation, but also a political issue. High time for the would-be protectors of Bruno to come up with a plan for an effective rescue operation, for the alarmed huntsmen are waiting with fingers on triggers for the order to shoot.

Directed by Xaver Schwarzenberger

Written by Felix Mitterer
Year of production: 2007
Starring: Harald Krassnitzer, Fritz Karl, Nadeshda Brennicke, Walter Sachers, Johann Nikolussi, Erwin Steinhauer