Our catalogue Austrian Films 2014 Review is out



... ready for download: Have a look back on 2014, the year of AMOUR FOU by Jessica Hausner, THE DARK VALLEY by Andreas Prochaska, MACONDO by Sudabeh Mortezai, THE GREAT MUSEUM by Johannes Holzhausen, GOODNIGHT MOMMY by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, IN THE BASEMENT by Ulrich Seidl, CRACKS IN CONCRETE by Umut Dag ... and many more

Catalogue Austrian Films 2014 Review

directed by Jessica Hausner (coop99 filmproduktion (A), Amour Fou Luxemburg (L), Essential Filmproduktion (D))
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a "romantic comedy" based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.
with: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoink, Stephan Grossmann, Sandra Hüller, Peter Jordan
International sales: Coproduction Office

GOODNIGHT MOMMY directed by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion)
In the heat of the summer. An isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields.Ten-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.
with: Susanne Wuest, Elias und Lukas Schwarz
International sales: Films Distribution

MACONDO directed by Sudabeh Mortezai (FreibeuterFilm (A))
A story of growing up between cultures. A coming-of-age story on identity, belonging and selfdetermination, close to harsh reality and in close contact with the amateur actors.

with: Ramasan Minkailov, Kheda Gazieva, Aslan Elbiev
International sales: Films Boutique

THE DARK VALLEY directed by Andreas Prochaska (Allegro Film (A), X Filme Creative Pool (D))
A remote high mountain valley towards the end of the 19th century. A stranger, Greider, arrives at a clannish village community and asks if he can take shelter for the winter. He knows the villagers’ gloomy secret. A mysterious series of deaths ensues.
with: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti, Johann Nikoluss
International sales: Films Distribution

CRACKS IN CONCRETE directed by Umut Dag (WEGA Filmproduktion (A))
Ertan, a hardened, aggressive young man, was sentenced to jail for second-degree murder. When he was released from jail ten years later at 35, his prison experience turned himinto a broken man. At 15, Mikael quit his apprenticeship and spent his time hanging out with friends and saving for his own Rap tape. Ertan looks for Mikael. Mikael has no clue who Ertan is. How do they both deal with hard realities when Mikael learns the truth?
with: Murathan Muslu, Alechan Tagaev
International sales: Films Boutique

IN THE BASEMENT directed by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion)
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.
After his ambitious Paradise Trilogy, Ulrich Seidl returns to the documentary form with "In the Basement." A film essay that is both funny and sad, it uses the director's characteristic film tableaux to delve into the underground of the Austrian soul.
International sales: Coproduction Office

THE GREAT MUSEUM directed by Johannes Holzhausen (Navigator Film)
This documentary portrays one of the most important museums in the world, Vienna’s Museum of Art History. An extensive look behind the scenes at this fascinating institution employs a number of charismatic protagonists and the varied routine there to show us the museum’s special world.
International sales: Wide House

WE COME AS FRIENDS directed by Hubert Sauper (KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A), Adelante Films (F))
A modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the the heart of Africa.  At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old 'civilizing' pathology reemerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
International sales: Le Pacte