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Henry Fonda for President
A personal essay about the United States, viewed through the life and work of a movie actor. Henry Fonda and the roles he played merge into a dazzling and conflicted figure. A very private man who thought he had “no good answers to anything” becomes the unlikely motor of a parallel history. His voice, recorded during his last interview in 1981, and his onscreen avatars guide us through America’s past and present – on a road trip from the village of Fonda, NY, across the Midwest to the Pacific; from 1651 to the 1980s and the presidency of another movie actor. It takes many places and times and characters to imagine an invisible republic – the United States of Fonda.
|Ralph Wieser, Irene Höfer
First Berlinale announcements with new films at the Panorama and Forum
The 74th Berlinale Film Festival has unveiled first titels: Josef Hader’s second feature film ANDREA GETS A DIVORCE will celebrate its world premiere at the Berlinale Panorama. Anja Salomonowitz returns to the Forum with SLEEPING WITH A TIGER, a portrait dedicated to Austrian painter Maria Lassnig. Alexander Horwath will present his directorial debut HENRY FONDA FOR PRESIDENT, a personal essay on the United States.
74th Berlinale with five Austrian world premieres
It’s such a pleasure to share an amazing line-up for the 74th Berlinale! No less than 5 films to celebrate their world premiere:
- Competition: THE DEVIL’S BATH by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
- Encounters: FAVORITEN by Ruth Beckermann
- Panorama: ANDREA GETS A DIVORCE by Josef Hader
- Forum: HENRY FONDA FOR PRESIDENT by Alexander Horwath
- Forum: SLEEPING WITH A TIGER by Anja Salomonowitz
«America is the force field of the film.»
America is always waiting to be rediscovered. In his essay film HENRY FONDA FOR PRESIDENT, on the works of the eminent Hollywood star, Alexander Horwath embarks on a wide-ranging journey of exploration into well-known and lesser-known territories. He interweaves the family history of the Fondas, the body of work created by one of their most prolific offspring and excerpts from the past and present of the United States, creating a polyphonic and at the same time very personal homage to a multifaceted country and the uncountable versions of itself that emerge from the dream factory.