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Die dritte Option
The Third Option
Who decides what is normal? How do you go about deciding between life and death? In his complex essay film, Thomas Fürhapter elaborates on these questions. The Third Option sheds light on the fate of individuals in the age of prenatal diagnostics and biopolitics from a radical contemporary and socio-political viewpoint.
March 21, 2017Copenhagen (CPH:DOX)
Best Documentary (Bergamo)
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Six Austrian voices at CPH:DOX
Two thought-provoking first-time documentaries, THE THIRD OPTION by Thomas Fürhapter (vying for Dox:Award) and FREE LUNCH SOCIETY by Christian Tod (eligible for the Politiken Audience Award) will celebrate their world premiere in Copenhagen. HOMO SAPIENS, MISTER UNIVERSO, SAFARI and UNTITLED add to a strong Austrian presence at the upcoming CPH: DOX festival.
«What is normality? What is disability?»
If the results of prenatal diagnosis indicate anomalies, prospective parents are faced with an extremely serious decision. In The Third Option Thomas Fürhapter goes beyond a focus on free choice and individual destinies; he employs a stringent documentary structure to examine social consensus about normality and disability, questioning the true nature of freedom in a society marked by striving for optimization and normalization.
THE THIRD OPTION awarded at Bergamo
Thomas Fürhapter's THE THIRD OPTION, a documentary critically examining our concepts of normality and disability garners the Best Documentry Prize of the Visti da Vicino-Section at the 36th Bergamo Film Meeting. The award assigned by the festival audience is to honor the independent filmmaking.