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|
|Key cast:||Kurt Girk, Alois Schmutzer|
|Producer:||Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel|
February 23, 2020Berlin (Panorama)
BERLINALE Panorama invites new works from Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel and Lisa Weber
«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.
NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD and RUNNING ON EMPTY nominated for Berlinale Documentary Award
Both Berlinale documentary entries made in Austria – NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel and RUNNING ON EMPTY by Lisa Weber – are among the 21 documentaries selected across all sections for the prestigious Berlinale distinction. The two Austrian PANORAMA contributions will be vying for the € 40,000 prize money along with new works from Rithy Panh or Jia Zhang-Ke.
Austrian world premieres at the 70th Berlinale
We’re proud to present two Berlinale Documentary Award nominees and a second feature film in Encounters.
Our world premieres:
Sun 23 | Panorama: NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Tue 25 | Encounters: THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner
Tue 25 | Panorama: RUNNING ON EMPTY by Lisa Weber