Six Austrian voices at CPH:DOX

Two thought-provoking first-time documentaries, The Third Option by Thomas Fürhapter (vying for Dox:Award) and Free Lunch Society by Christian Tod (eligible for the Politiken Audience Award) will celebrate their world premiere in Copenhagen. Homo Sapiens, Mister Universo, Safari and Untitled add to a strong Austrian presence at the upcoming CPH: DOX festival.

Austrian entries at the 14th CPH:DOX (March 16 – 26, 2017)


directed by Thomas Fürhapter
produced by Navigator Film (A)
What do you do when you find out that your unborn child is disabled? Thomas Fürhapter takes this question and develops a complex filmic essay: The Third Option examines individual destinies in the age of prenatal screening and biopolitics from a radical contemporary and socio-political viewpoint. The film peels away the various thematic layers to reveal the core questions of birth, ethics and norms – and thus transforms an issue only affecting a small number of people into a matter that concerns us all.
  • March 21, 16:45, Cinemateket (world premiere)
  • March 23, 20:00, Empire Bio
  • March 26, 15:00, Nordisk Film Palads


directed by Christian Tod
produced by Golden Girls Filmproduktion (A), OVALFilm (D)
What would you do if your income were taken care of? Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before. Free Lunch Society provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.

  • March 20, 18:30, Bremen Teater (world premiere)
  • March 24, 16:30, Nordisk Film Palads
  • March 25, 15:30, Indre by Kulturhus

Artists & Auteurs

directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
produced by Vento Film
International sales: Be For Films
The young lion tamer Tairo is unhappy with his present life situation. He uses the loss of his talisman to make a trip through Italy searching for the man, who gave it to him a long time ago.

  • March 21, 15:00, Nordisk Film Dagmar
  • March 22, 17:00, Vester Vov Vov
  • March 24, 17:00, Vester Vov Vov
directed by Ulrich Seidl
produced by Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
International sales: Coproduction Office
Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey. They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature.

  • March 19, 12:00, Grand Teatret
  • March 26, 10:00, Grand Teatret
directed by Monika Willi, Michael Glawogger
produced by Lotus Film (A), Razor Film (D)
International sales: autlook filmsales
More than two years after the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, film editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the film footage produced during 4 months and 19 days of shooting in the Balkans, Italy, Northwest and West Africa.
  • March 18, 21:30, Nordisk Film Dagmar
  • March 22, 14:00, Cinemateket
  • March 24, 19:00 Grand Teatret

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
produced by NGF Geyrhalterfilm
International sales: autlook filmsales
Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we’re gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present.

  • March 17, 18:00, Kunsthal Charlottenborg
  • March 23, 21:00, Kunsthal Charlottenborg
  • March 25, 16:30, Cinemateket
Masterclass with Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • March 23, 15:00, Cinemateket