Austria

Rosa Friedrich – Topfpalmen AKA Potted Palm Trees (2020)

The dress is too lavish and the toilet cubicle too small for the bride to fit in. The ballroom is jam-packed and the mood is alarmingly good. Something is about to burst: the groom’s delusion of grandeur? The pregnant belly of deaf Betti? Her step-father’s patience? Or the wine-filled bladder of his ex-wife? Read More »

Axel Corti – Wohin und zurück – Teil 1: An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr – Ferry oder Wie es war AKA God Does Not Believe in Us Anymore (1982)

Synopsis:
‘Vienna 1938. After Kristallnacht and the murder of his father, Ferry Tobler, a young Viennese Jew flees from the Nazis and profiteers of Vienna. He scrambles for various exit visas and entry permits, and finally arrives in Prague, where he meets an anti-Nazi German soldier who has escaped from Dachau and a sympathetic Czech relief worker. Together with other Jewish refugees, the three make their way to Paris and eventually to Marseille, hoping to sail to a safe port.’
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Ulrich Seidl – Paradies: Hoffnung AKA Paradise: Hope (2013)

Synopsis:
The final installment in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, ‘Paradise: Hope’ tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya (‘Paradise: Love’) and her aunt does missionary work (‘Paradise: Faith’), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight adolescents. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. Read More »

Michael Glawogger – Nacktschnecken AKA Slugs (2004)

Quote:
Three young pals plan to earn money by shooting an hardcore-porno movie. But is it really so easy to shoot some gang-banging with home-video equipment? Read More »

Michael Glawogger – Die Ameisenstraße AKA Ant Street (1995)

Quote:
In the middle of Vienna stands an old tenement building, and time has left its mark both on the house and its inhabitants. Here, time passes at a strange pace. Floor by floor, the visitor can discover small self-contained worlds: grousers, collectors, the forgotten, people with obsessions, concealed and exposed passions. Behind securely locked doors, each prepares his own heady brew. Then, however, death makes its entrance for the first time, sweeping through the stairwell. The owner of the house, a resident himself, dies. His nephew, an entrepreneur, inherits the building and acts immediately. He moves out, takes up lodgings, hands out notice to quit, renovates and devastates. One goal hovers before his eyes; to get rid of the tenants and make money out of the property. Gradually, the closed doors begin to open, and with each outrage committed by the new owner, the residents are drawn closer together. What comes to light thereby is an anthill full of life, and once it opens up, a flood of comical individuals streams out of it, all fighting for their own living space. A minor official, plagued by persecution mania, fears a dreadful end to the matter. Though the signs he sees of this are all wrong, nevertheless, in a furious finale, the outside world descends upon the house and his inhabitants. Read More »

Wolfgang Glück – Der Schüler Gerber AKA Student Gerber (1981)

Quote:
Kurt Gerber, an intelligent high school student is in his senior year. He is burdend with personal and scholastic problems. Since his weak subject is math, Professor Kupfer who teaches his course and is also his class teacher, uses every occasion to humiliate the bright and self-assured boy. Even though the odds are against him, Kurt fights back and his struggle with the sadistic teacher develops into a matter of life and death. A faithful version of the best-seller novel by Friedrich Torberg which was published in 1930. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Tierische Liebe AKA Animal Love (1995)

Quote:
In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society, in which communication has never played such a significant role, man has become lonely. Disappointed by his fellow human beings, he turns to animals. Dogs and other domestic animals serve him as companions, life partners, cuddly objects and bedfellows. Read More »