FICTION

Malaria

Niki List
Café Malaria is the meeting place of the young people in Vienna - an 'in' café frequented by all kinds of types. Tusnelda is at the bar. She's cool and overlooks a lot of things. Two left activists in casual clothes reminisce in their political jargon about Mao, Wittgenstein and the Spontis. Nearby, two girls chatter about divorce. Attila, a yuppie, and his friend Friedrich, complain about the lack of champagne in this impossible place. The couple Adam and Eva talk about their personal relationship and act as if they're jealous of each other. An American is standing at the bar. He drinks slowly and is in fact the lonely boy with culture, a lone wolf. In the backyard, two guys are hiding in the ash cans and are waiting for Godot. Gregor has a wealthy father and has borrowed his automobile but the rockers and no parking place prevent him from entering the café. Two young punks absolutely want to buy some 'stuff' and fall for Thomas who sells them dried banana skins. Hugo is really lonesome and is looking for a girl. He just has to meet Livia who's in the same boat. Afterwards they go back to Café Malaria. Finally, when a naked streaker dashes into the café with the cops after him, it's just wonderful. Everybody feels fine after drinking a lot of the drinks with weird names. As a parody of the zeitgeist, Malaria was a commercial smash.
Technical Data
Running time: 85
Format: 16mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.37
Language spoken: German
Production year: 1983
Credits
Director(s): Niki List
Writer(s): Niki List
Cinematographer(s): Peter Schreiner
Key cast: Sabine Platzer, Andreas Vitasek, Geli Brechelmacher, Hermann Strobl, Susanne Winterstein, Evelyne Karner
Producer: Niki List
Production company
Cult Film GmbH
Wiedner Gürtel 3a
1040 Vienna
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