Category Archives: tv series

Hotel Orth

Awarded the Golden Screen Award 1999


Felix Hofstätter is the manager of a renowned country house hotel in Gmunden. He is constantly confronted with new challenges, especially when it turns out that Carla Prinz, owner of a competing hotel in Traunstein, has declared him her personal archenemy. Carla leaves no stone unturned to ruin Felix Hofstätter.

115 x 45 minutes
Years of production: 1996-2004
Starring Albert Fortell, Jenny Jürgens, Konstanze Breitebner, Heinz Trixner, Marianne Nentwich, Lotte Ledl, Hans Kraemmer, Stefano Bernardin

THE PIEFKE SAGA


For years, wealthy businessman Friedrich Sattmann and his family have spent their summer holidays in the Tyrolean village of Lahnenberg. The residents of the village have found a place in the Sattmann’s hearts, an affection the Sattmanns believe to be mutual. More than dismayed they come to realise, however, that the opposite is the case and that in the eyes of the locals they represent the worst stereotypes of German ‘Piefke’.

The series sparked controversy among German and Austrian audiences and caused Austrian hoteliers to fear the loss of German guests.

4 x 90 minutes
Years of production: 1990-92
Starring Dietrich Mattausch, Kurt Weinzierl, Brigitte Grothum, Sabine Cruso, Ralf Komorr, Tobias Moretti

TOWARDS THE SUN


Four men – each of them only wanted to quickly go and buy cigarettes – decide not to return home. Fate brings them together in a small Croatian village and they decide to live together on an old fishing boat that is only held together by its paint.

12 x 50 minutes
Directed by Hermann Leitner and Gottfried Schwarz
Years of production: 1984-88
Starring Josef Meinrad, Ulrich Faulhaber, Raphael Wilczek, Heinz Petters, Erwin Steinhauer

Kottan

Chief superintendent Adolf Kottan and his bizarre team, one-legged colleague Schremser and dimwitted inspector Schrammel, are hot on the heels of criminals, supported by both Kottan’s wife and his mother at home. Police president Pilch, meanwhile, is busy catching flies and trying to draw coffee from a hostile coffee machine. Cases are solved more randomly than by serious investigation, the rest of their time is spent on their favourite pastime: their amateur band.

This detective series with its atmosphere of shabby Viennese suburbia is a ludicrous satire on the police and Austrian society in general. One of the most successful TV series ever – with cult status!

19 x 90 minutes
Directed by Peter Patzak
Years of production: 1976-83
Starring Peter Vogel, Franz Buchrieser, C.A. Tichy, Walter Davy, Bibiane Zeller, Lukas Resetarits, Kurt Weinzierl