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Vienna, 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has collapsed. Peter Perg returns home from the Great War, after years of captivity. But the Vienna he comes home to is nothing like the place he once knew. The new Austrian Republic thrives on artistic freedom, but anti-democratic movements loom overhead. A stranger in his hometown, his life takes a turn for the worse when one of his former comrades is murdered. Suddenly the mysterious killings of veterans are mounting. Personally connected to the victims, Perg decides to bring the killer to justice.
|Writer(s):||Robert Buchschwenter, Hanno Pinter, Stefan Ruzowitzky|
|Key cast:||Murathan Muslu, Liv Lisa Fries, Max von der Groeben, Marc Limpach, Margarethe Tiesel|
|Producers:||Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu|
August 6, 2021Locarno (Piazza Grande)
|Awards (selection):||Audience Award UBS of the Piazza Grande (Locarno), Best Screenplay (Malaga, Fancine), Best Production Design + Prize for Innovative Production Services (Graz/Diagonale), Austrian Film Award: Best Production Design|
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LOCARNO 2021 with new films from Stefan Ruzowitzky and Peter Brunner
The 74th Locarno Festival (August 4 to 14) has announced its selection that includes two new films from Austria. Stefan Ruzowitzky will present HINTERLAND on the Piazza Grande, Peter Brunner’s LUZIFER is a contender in the main competition for the Pardo d’oro 2021. The Swiss, German and Austrian co-production MONTE VERITÀ will also celebrate its world premiere on the Piazza Grande.
«The whole world was out of line»
Peter Perg’s world has become completely out of line. In 1914, when he left to fight in the First World War, full of optimism, it was for his Emperor… But when he returns from prisoner of war camp several years after the war finishes with a handful of his men, it is to discover that only a fraction of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire now calls itself Austria. Stefan Ruzowitzky filmed his actors for HINTERLAND using blue screen technology. The dark lanes, the façades and structures of desolate Vienna which appears completely out of line were all created on the computer, providing a grim background to the hunt for an obsessed serial killer.
HINTERLAND wins Piazza Grande Audience Award
Stefan Ruzowitzky’s gripping thriller set in Vienna in the aftermath of WW 1 has struck the largest jury of all.The latest work of the Austrian Oscar-winning director took the Prix du public UBS. After a triumphant Piazza Grande premiere, the picture is sure to make a name for itself among cinephiles and genre enthusiasts on an international scale, thanks to excellent performances, tight editing, and Benedict Neuenfels’ stunning cinematography, which gives the film an unnatural sheen while simultaneously highlighting the stark reality of a war-torn country for 99 very tense minutes. Max Borg, www.pardo.com
HINTERLAND: Best Screenplay at Fancine FF Málaga
The Fancine Fantastic Film Festival of the University of Málaga awards HINTERLAND with the prize for Best Screenplay. The hunt for an obsessed serial killer set in a desolate Vienna a couple of years after the end of WW1 was written by Hanno Pinter and Robert Buchschwenter in collaboration with the film's director Stefan Ruzowitzky.