27th IDFA with Johannes Holzhausen, Hubert Sauper and Ulrich Seidl in the line-up.


Launched at the Berlinale or at the Venice Film Festival Austria’s most outstanding documentary films 2014 are about to close a successful festival year by making their appearence at the 27th IDFA in Amsterdam (Nov 19 to 30) : WE COME AS FRIENDS by Hubert Sauper, IN THE BASEMENT by Ulrich Seidl, THE GREAT MUSEUM by Johannes Holzhausen, and ULRICH SEIDL – A DIRECTOR AT WORK by Constantin Wulff.



directed by Hubert Sauper (KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Productions, Adelante Films (F))

A modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into 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

Nov 23   15:00     Tuschinski 2 zo
Nov 24   19:15     Brakke Grond Expozaal
Nov 26   21:00     EYE Cinema 1
Nov 29   21:15     Tuschinski 1
Nov 30   10:15     Munt 09

Framing Reality

IN THE BASEMENT by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidls Film Produktion)
The film is about people and basements and what people do in their basements in their free time. The film is about obsessions, 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 director's characteristic film tableaux to delve into the underground of the Austrian soul.

International sales: Coproduction office

Nov 21   22:00   Tuschinski 1
Nov 22   17:15   EYE Cinema 1

Best of Fests

THE GREAT MUSEUM 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

Nov 19  19:30    Munt 11
Nov 21  13:30   Munt 09
Nov 22  10:45   Tuschinski 5
Nov 28  12:15   Melkweg - Rabozaal
Nov 30  16:00   EYE Cinema 1



The film portrait depicts the controversial Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl at work for the first time, painting a vivid picture of the much-debated “Seidl method”.

International sales: autlook films

Nov 23     10:30   Tuschinski 4
Nov 26   19:30   EYE Cinema 2
Nov 27   16:00   Munt 10
Nov 28   22:00   Tuschinski 5