Austria

Carl Andersen – Vampiros Sexos AKA I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing (1988)

Synopsis: A female vampire from the planet Arus tries to vampirize the descendants of Dr. Fun Helsing. With her poisoned olive oil she transforms some teenagers into sex maniac vampires, over whom the crucifix has no power! Only Andrej Tarkowski videos make them shrink back in agony! The vampire hunters soon find themselves “sucked” into a whirlpool of lust and passion… Read More »

Markus Schleinzer – Michael (2011)

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A protege of Michael Haneke, Markus Schleinzer’s “Michael” is a triumph of uneasy cinema. With an unorthodox level of restraint, the director tells the story of a dull office drone who keeps a kidnapped young boy locked in his house. Despite its subversive edge, “Michael” successfully drains the shock out of a frightening premise and instead delivers a keen observational thriller. From its opening minutes, “Michael” reveals its alarming plot with a patient, naturalistic atmosphere. Read More »

Hans W. Geissendörfer – Der Zauberberg AKA The Magic Mountain (TV Version) (1982)

Plot summary [wikipedia.org]The narrative opens in the decade before World War I. We are introduced to the central protagonist of the story, Hans Castorp, a young German. We encounter him when he is in his early 20s, about to take up a shipbuilding career in Hamburg, his home town. Just before beginning this professional career he undertakes a journey to visit his tubercular cousin, Joachim Ziemssen, who is seeking a cure in a sanatorium in Davos, high up in the Swiss Alps. In the opening chapter, Hans is symbolically transported away from the familiar life and mundane obligations he has known, in what he later learns to call the flatlands , to the rarefied mountain air and introspective little world of the sanatorium. Read More »

Hermann Nitsch – Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters (2003)

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Hermann Nitsch was born in Vienna in 1938. While studying graphic illustration, he became interested in religous art. He made copies from Rembrandt’s 100 Gulden Blatt and Christ Crucified, and from other religious themes by artists such as Tintoretto and El Greco. Other drawings Hermann Nitsch made at this time were strongly influenced by Cézanne, Klimt and Munch, amongst others. From around 1957 onwards, the depiction of Dionysian revelry and ceremonies began to feature in his work. Read More »

Cornelius Hintner – Die Würghand aka The Strangling Hand (1920)

“Dame Rose ( Dame Carmen Cartellieri ) is a liberal and impudent youngster who sells flowers in selected and important places for aristocrats. There she is obliged by her greedy brother Toni ( Herr Eugen Preiss ) to flirt with old and rich aristocrats ( having in mind that Dame Rose is also a thin girl, that’s a inversely proportional situation for this German count… ). She catches the eye of banker Bergern ( Herr Fritz Helmers ).
Who has a young and handsome nephew, Baron Stein ( Herr Hans Rhoden ). Dame Rose promptly falls in love with Stein so she continues her flirtation both men at the same time. Read More »

Ruth Beckermann – Waldheims Walzer AKA The Waldheim Waltz (2018)

A film about truth and lies or “alternative facts”. About individual and collective consciousness.  

“Waldheim no, Waldheim no” shouts a crowd in the center of Vienna in 1986. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim and documented the political events with her camera. More than 30 years later she goes back into her own archive and additionally uses international TV-material to analyse this turning point in Austrian political culture.  Read More »

Marie Kreutzer – Die Vaterlosen AKA The Fatherless (2011)

A large, somewhat dilapidated house in the country. Although Niki, a doctor living and working in Munich, manages to arrive at his father’s deathbed just in time, the man who spawned him fails to give him the belated acknowledgement and love for which he so longs. Shortly after the father dies, his other grownup children arrive. These include Vito, an extrovert, and idealistic drifter; Mizzi, who is much younger and suffers from a neurophysical disorder and – although nobody expected it, even Kyra, who is the product of the father’s heady days of alternative living and free love. Niki and Vito haven’t seen this sister since their parents’ acrimonious separation twenty-three years ago. Read More »