Paulus Manker

  • Paulus Manker – Der Kopf des Mohren AKA The Moor’s Head (1995)

    1991-2000ArthouseAustriaDramaPaulus Manker

    A family man slowly becomes dangerously obsessive and paranoid in this grim Austrian drama that contains a graphically violent ending. As the story begins, George, an engineer who works at a science facility, has a normal happy life with his wife and kids. They are in the process of building a new house when George learns that a nearby chemical plant has been leaking dangerous gas into the air. This causes George to begin suffering from terrifying hallucinations. His paranoia increases every time he hears another report of violence, crime, war, or any other social problems on the news. After learning that his company may be overtaken by a larger corporation, George decides to send his family on an Italian vacation while he stays home and turns their apartment into a strange refuge from the terrible world he knows is coming.Read More »

  • Michael Glawogger – Slumming (2006)

    2001-2010AustriaDramaMichael Glawogger

    Sebastian and Alex are two egocentric yuppies who stockpile underhanded up-skirt shots and bully others for their own amusement. On a night out they come across an inebriated man passed-out on a park bench and decide to prank him by smuggling him across the border.Read More »

  • Franz Novotny – Die Ausgesperrten aka The Excluded (1982)

    Drama1981-1990AustriaFranz Novotny


    Two young characters in this story of rebellious youth are named after two Germans, brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl who were imprisoned and executed for their anti-Nazi stance during World War II. In this film, the rebels do not have such a clear-cut enemy but nevertheless, they cannot accept the way life is heading in Austria of the 1950s and they revolt by stealing, mugging, and trying out terrorist methods (bombs). Their future seems to be inexorably heading on a collision course with the forces that have “locked them out.”Read More »

  • Franz Novotny – Exit… nur keine Panik AKA Exit… But No Panic (1980)

    1971-1980AustriaCrimeCultFranz Novotny


    The Year is 1980 and it’s Summer in Vienna

    Most people outside of Austria will rarely get a chance to see this movie, but if you get a chance like this, don’t let it pass as you as you’re on for a real treat. ‘Exit’ is not just an Austrian cult movie, it’s a funny and at the same time disturbing and at times depressing look into Vienna in the 80’s. This is “the” movie parents in 1980’s Austria did not want their kids to see.

    Viennese crook and would-be playboy Kirchhoff dreams of owning his own coffee house and having lots of beautiful women. In order to reach his goal, he is sometimes compelled to leave the straight and narrow.

    Comedy, violence, sex and vandalism are the ingredients of this Austrian cult classic.Read More »

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