Austrians on the CPH:DOX program
F:ACT Award: WOOD by Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger
Main Competition: EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper (European premiere)
Science Films:ROBOLOVE by Maria ArlamovskySPACE DOGS by Elsa Kremser &
«We needed to make it happen.»
In Denmark the restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus went into effect on March 12. This
meant the end for the 17th CPH:DOX Festival in its usual form. However,
just six days later the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival kicked off in a digital space including all the competitive
sections and the professional platforms such as CPH:Forum or CPH:Lab. We talked to festival director Tine Fischer about team
spirit, a decision without any alternatives and virtual solutions in times of a real crisis.
In order to respect the confinement measures
of the Austrian government, AFC-Austrian Films has closed its office.
of March 16, we are teleworking from home and remain fully operational. You can reach us via email and mobile phone.
Your AFC team
Motivated by their very differing
personal relationships to the topos of forests, three women from three countries – the filmmakers and producers Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Ebba Sinzinger and Michaela Kirst – came together to join
undercover activists on an investigative adventure lasting many years. WOOD, filmed openly in some parts and with a hidden
camera in others, shows in snapshots the brutal business of illegal logging, clearly indicating the worldwide dimension of
Blissful Encounters in Berlin
NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD «… reconciles the underworld to the world above with the pure pleasure
The Hollywood Reporter on THE TROUBLE WITH BEING
BORN: A Berlin Hidden Gem
Austrian world premieres at the 70th Berlinale
NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD and RUNNING ON EMPTY
nominated for Berlinale Documentary Award
«The return of pre-consciousness»
A beautiful house. Countryside all around. A father lives alone here with his 10-year-old daughter.
That's what it looks like at first sight. The girl, who swims, speaks and laughs, is an android machine programmed to keep
alive the presence of a girl who was lost – while also satisfying the desires of its owner and relieving his loneliness. At
some point she vanishes but continues to function in her own way. Sandra Wollner’s THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN does not move
along narrative lines but penetrates uncomfortable mental spaces, raising difficult questions in the zones of encounter between
artificial intelligence and human perception.
«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.
«Stasis takes place on a daily basis.»
Claudia was just 11 when the interest of filmmaker Lisa Weber was drawn to this cool teenager.
She became pregnant at 14, and when she was 18 the young mother wanted to join the Austrian Army. This was also the moment
when Lisa Weber began to follow her around with a camera. What started out as the story of a modern, everyday heroine developed
into a long-term study of day-by-day stagnation. In RUNNING ON EMPTY Lisa Weber has ventured into a narrative nadir and captured
with unfailing patience the petering out of existential driving force.
The Hollywood Reporter on EPICENTRO: «As aromatic as a cohiba cigar.»
Three major awards at the 41st Max
Ophüls Prize Festival
Berlinale Encounters with THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
on EARTH: «…visions, which are at once wholly human and inhuman.»
an idealist treats his audience with as much respect as he does here. And only an idealist invites his audience to look at
the world as closely and deeply as he does as he reminds us that it is only by seeing — really seeing — the world as it exists,
that we stand any chance at all of saving it», wrote Manohla Dargis in her NYT review of Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s striking essay
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