Three Austrian films at the 21st Busan film festival

Virgil Widrich’s suspenseful time-travel NIGHT OF A 1000 HOURS has been selected for the Flash Forward Audience Award Competition, Dieter Berner’s biopic EGON SCHIELE – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN will premiere at World Cinema section. Ulrich Seidl’s Venice entry SAFARI will meet with the Asian audience.

Flash Forward Competition

NIGHT OF A 1000 HOURS directed by Virgil Widrich
produced by AMOUR FOU Vienna, AMOUR FOU Luxemburg, KeyFilm (NL), Golden Girls Filmproduktion
When the ambitious Philip takes over the running of the family business from his father, he finds himself confronted by the mysterious reappearance of his dead ancestors. In the course of a long night, during which there is a murder, an illicit love affair and a game with false identities, Philip uncovers a closely guarded family secret.
with: Amira Casar, Laurence Rupp, Udo Samel

World Cinema

EGON SCHIELE – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN directed by Dieter Berner
produced by Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, AMOUR FOU Luxemburg, Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
International sales: Picture Tree International
At the beginning of the 20th Century Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalised in his famous painting ‘Death and the Maiden’. Schiele’s radical paintings scandalise Viennese society while daring artists like Gustav Klimt and art agents alike are sensing the exceptional. But Egon Schiele is also prepared to go beyond his own pain and to sacrifice Love and Life for his Art.
with: Noah Saavedra, Maresi Regner, Valerie Pachner

Wide Angle

SAFARI directed by Ulrich Seidl
produced by Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion
International sales: Coproduction Office
Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey. They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature.