Five Austrian directors join the 10th Zurich film festival: David Ruehm with the world premiere of his new film THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE, Sudabeh Mortezai, Hubert Sauper, Ulrich Seidl whos also one of this years ZFF Masters and Constantin Wulff who gives insight to Ulrich Seidls working method on set and stage in the documentary ULRICH SEIDL A DIRECTOR
DER VAMPIR AUF DER COUCH by David Rühm (Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, Hugo Film (CH))
Vienna, early 30s: Viktor, a young painter, often argues with his girlfriend Lucy. He earns a small income working during
the day for Sigmund Freud, who at night treats a mysterious Lord suffering from depression, without knowing that he in fact
is a Vampire. As soon as the Lord meets Lucy, he instantly falls in love with her and Viktor now has to fight back for her
love in order not to finally lose her.
with: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley
International sales: Picture Tree International
ULRICH SEIDL - A DIRECTOR AT WORK by Constantin Wulff (Navigator Film, Gebrüder Beetz (D), Dschoint Ventschr Film (CH))
The film portrait for the first time depicts the controversial Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl at work, painting a vivid picture
of the much-debated Seidl method: The camera patiently looks over Seidls shoulder during the shooting of
In The Basement and accompanies him during rehearsals for his latest highly provocative stage production Böse Buben/Fiese
Männer.In a suggestive montage, combining extensive interviews and clips from his earlier movies, this film gives a glimpse
into the world of a fascinating and exceptional artist: It reveals just how much Seidls oeuvre is in itself a quest,
on which he lets himself be guided both by reality and his own visions and demons.
International sales: autlook filmsale
Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria
MACONDO by Sudabeh Mortezai (FreibeuterFilm (A))
Ramasan, an 11-year-old boy from Chechnya, grows up in Macondo, a refugee settlement on the outskirts of Vienna. Living alone
with his mother and two little sisters, Ramasan takes over the role of the father assuming the responsibility for his small
with: Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva, Rosa Minkailova, Iman Nasuhanowa
International sales: Films Boutique
IM KELLER by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion (A); coop99 filmproduktion (A))
The film is about people and basements and what people do in their basements in their free time. The film is about obsessions.
The film is about brass-band music and opera arias, about expensive furniture and cheap male jokes, about sexuality and shooting,
fitness and fascism, whips and dolls. A film essay that is both funny and sad, it uses the directors characteristic
film tableaux to delve into the underground of the Austrian soul.
International sales: Coproduction Office
WE COME AS FRIENDS by Hubert Sauper (Adelante Films (F), KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A))
A modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continents
biggest country, is being devided into two nations, an old civilizing pathology reemerges that of of colonialism,
clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
International sales: Le Pacte
2014 Im Keller
2013 PARADIES: Hoffnung
2012 PARADIES: Glaube; PARADIES: Liebe,
2007 Import Export
2003 Jesus, du weißt