Eine eiserne Kassette

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Eine eiserne Kassette

An Iron Box

Nils Olger
A/D, 2018
Features, 102min, OmeU

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Eine eiserne Kassette

Nils Olger
A/D, 2018
Features, 102min, OmeU

Cast: 
Ingeborg Jürgenssen
Olaf Johann Oskar Jürgenssen
Giorgio Mori
Roberto Oligeri
Carlo Gentile
Celso Battaglia
Eliseo Federici
Egidia Giuntoni
Andrea Quartieri
Friedhelm Frischenschlager
Screenplay: 
Nils Olger
Sound: 
Oliver Brunbauer
Camera: 
Nils Olger
Juri Schaden
Thomas Marschall
Editor: 
Nils Olger
Composer: 
Vinzenz Schwab

Production: 
Nils Olger
World Sales: 
sixpackfilm
Distribution in Austria: 
sixpackfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

In 1985 the Austrian politician Friedhelm Frischenschlager caused a scandal when he received the former SS officer and war criminal Walter Reder in Vienna after his release from prison. Reder was a leading figure when German troops committed several massacres with numerous civilian victims on their retreat from advancing US forces in Italy in 1944. One of the members in Reder’s SS formation was Olaf Jürgenssen, who served as a medic. He took a lot of photographs, which survived as negatives in an iron casket and eventually ended up with Nils Olger, his grandson. Following the traces of Jürgenssen’s path through the final years of World War II (from Hungary to Italy, and later denazification in Upper Austria, where he got married), Olger visits sites and speaks to witnesses from the period when Olaf Jürgenssen was part of the German war crimes, even if his photos seem to suggest that he was there in all innocence. In a video interview before his death his grandfather remains vague and deflects questions. Nils Olger’s pointed conclusion from his somber and calm film about history, memory and denialism: “What will I remember of my grandfather? Negatives.” (Bert Rebhandl)

In the presence of Nils Olger and members of the crew.

Nils Olger: FOERSTER (2000, K), WIDERSTAND (2001), PUBLIXTHEATRECARAVAN.MOV (2002, together with Martin Kahofer, Martina Nowak, Martin Goessler), [ ] –  I WENT TO WORK TODAY (2005, K,  together with Julia Kläring), SVE STO JE LEPO, DAJU LJUDIMA DA VIDE/EVERYTHING THAT’S BEAUTIFUL THEY LET THE PEOPLE SEE, (2005, together with Veronika Brandt), DOKTOR MIYAGIS GEHEIMNIS (2007, K, together with Julia Kläring), LOS HACEDORES DE TEATRO/DIE THEATERMACHER, (2010, together with Gin Müller, Edwarda Gurrola), DIE SIND NICHT GERADE (2012, Videoinstallation), JE RESTE (2013), SS-HVP (2015, K).