Aufzeichnungen aus der Unterwelt
Notes From the Underworld
There is unrest in the milieu of the Viennese underworld of the 1960s. In a controversial trial the singer Kurt Girk and his legendary friend Alois have to pay for their proximity to the illegal card game "Stoss" with long prison sentences. The charismatic protagonists tell us about this time from a perspective never shown before. A love letter to a past Vienna that is also a social portrait of post-war Austria.
|Director(s):||Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Rainer Frimmel|
|Key cast:||Kurt Girk, Alois Schmutzer|
|Producers:||Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel|
February 23, 2020Berlin (Panorama)
|Awards (selection):||Berlinale Documentary Award Special Mention (Berlin), Special Jury Award of the Albar Competition (Gijon), Best Austrian Documentary Film + Kodak Analogue Film Prize (Graz/Diagonale)|
«The question of truth»
If Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel don't travel for their film project, they plunge beneath the surface of their city. A fascination with the underlying melancholic aspects of Vienna songs leads them to one of its most outstanding interpreters. Kurt Girk’s intriguing account of his life is interwoven in NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD with the city's gangster milieu of the late 1960s in the shape of its legendary protagonist Alois Schmutzer; the two men are bound by a lifelong friendship as well as a serious, harrowing travesty of justice.