Image of movie Family Dinner
Image of movie Family Dinner
Image of movie Family Dinner

Family Dinner

Peter Hengl
Austria 2022
96 min
OV w/ EN subtitles & OmeU + VI

Easter Holidays with the family can turn into quite an unpleasant time as many have experienced first hand. However, in most cases it should turn out to be much more enjoyable than for the Simi, a teenager who struggles with feeling overweight while visiting the remote home of her aunt Claudia and her partner Stefan.
Director Peter Hengl employs all tropes of Austrian horror in his feature debut. Dysfunctional families, strange folk customs, isolation and a forbidding nature seemingly turning against any feeling of peace. Playing with different levels of deformation the film balances on the border between the acceptable peculiarities of everyday life and the ineffable, perverted dread lurking underneath.
It’s a film in love with its genre but where does the horror come from? The aunt with her strange mood switches, her son with his paranoia, Peter with his exposed ambiguity or Simi experiencing a difficult relation to her body? The only certainty lies in the relation of the horror to food and all its varieties: its absence, its preparation, its shapes, its smell, its storage and especially everything we don’t know about what lands on our plates. (John Divney)

In the presence of Peter Hengl and members of the team.
On the 25th of October the screening will be shown with audio description for people with visual disabilities.

Peter Hengl: GORENORRHEA (2010, K), VADIM (2012), DER HELD (2013, K)

  • Pia Hierzegger - Claudia
  • Michael Pink - Stefan
  • Nina Katlein - Simi
  • Alexander Sladek - Filipp
  • Peter Hengl
  • Gabriel Krajanek
  • Theda Schifferdecker
  • Lenja Gathmann
  • Sebastian Schreiner
  • Peter Kutin
Capra Film, Film AG


Panda Lichtspiele Filmverleih GmbH
Mon 24 Oct
OV w/ EN subtitles
Tue 25 Oct
OmeU + VI
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