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DURING THE MANY YEARS | © Filmarchiv Austria

CINEMATOGRAPHY – AUSTRIA REAL

Documentary Films in Times of Crisis

DOPPELGÄNGER | © Viennale
DOPPELGÄNGER | © Filmarchiv Austria

According to Klaus Kreimeier’s adage that periods of crisis serve as an incubator for documentary films, five programs revolve around various aspects of the crises on which Austrian documentary films have focused, presenting a constellation of 12 short subjects and feature-length films that were made between 1972 and 2017. The crises, whether internal or external, private, historical or systemic – but usually in combination – are a cause, subject matter or side effect in this extremely wide variety of documentary forms. This makes evident on the one hand the diversity of forms that arose even before an official commitment to public film subsidies was made and (also) the astounding multifacetedness that this has brought to light over the past 40 years. On the other hand, the crises tell the story of the past and present of a country, including its material reality, political discourse, and psychosocial constitution. This program is the first part of a retrospective that the Filmarchiv Austria is presenting to mark the publication of the anthology Österreich real. Dokumentarfilm 1981 – 2021 (edited by Alejandro Bachmann and Michelle Koch).

CARMEN  | © Filmarchiv Austria
CARMEN | © Filmarchiv Austria

FILM SELECTION
ICH SCHAFF'S EINFACH NIMMER (AT 1972, John Cook)
AUF AMOL A STREIK (AT 1978, Josef Aichholzer, Ruth Beckermann)
DURING THE MANY YEARS (AT 1991, Goran Rebić)
KNITTELFELD – STADT OHNE GESCHICHTE (AT/GER 1997, Gerhard Benedikt Friedl)
SOMEWHERE ELSE (AT 1997, Barbara Albert)
CARMEN (AT 1999, Anja Salomonowitz)
EINE MILLION KREDIT IST NORMAL, SAGT MEIN GROSSVATER (AT 2006, Gabriele Mathes)
DOPPELGÄNGER (AT 2017, Michaela Taschek)

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