Two documentaries - ATTENTION - A LIFE IN EXTREMES by Sascha Köllnreitner and WHAT WE DONT SEE by Anna Katharina Wohlgenannt
are heading for their first meeting with the international audience. On top of these two international premieres, the 48th
Hof festival program includes five more Austrian films: THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE by David Ruehm, GOODNIGHT MOMMY by Veronika
Franz & Severin Fiala, THE LAST DANCE by Houchang Allahyari, FAREWELL by Ludwig Wüst and HOMME LESS by Thomas Wirthensohn.
ATTENTION A LIFE IN EXTREMES by Sascha Köllnreitner (AdriAlpe Media)
Attention - a Life in Extremes, which is based on the stories of three extraordinary sportsmen,
will give an unusual perspective on the conditions and forms of expression that define our modern society. We will follow
wingsuit flyer Halvor Angvik, apnoe freediver Guillaume Néry and ultra cyclist Gerhard Gulewicz in their ambitious struggle
to reach the top in their field in the sports world.
WHAT WE DO NOT SEE by Anna Katharina Wohlgenannt (Plan C Filmproduktion)
In the beginning there was a vision a vision of a wireless, free flow of information which would connect all humanity.
Today this idea has become reality; the wireless technology and more than seven billion cell phones sold worldwide make our
modern metropolises literally pulse. Its a dream come true for many, but not for all. What We Dont See is the
story of those who will soon no longer have a place in our world.
GOODNIGHT MOMMY 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 and Lukas Schwarz
International sales: Films distribution
THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE by David Ruehm (Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion,
Hugo Film (CH))
Vienna, early 30s: Viktor, a young painter, often argues with his girlfriend Lucy. He earns a small income working during
the day for Sigmund Freud, who at night treats a mysterious Lord suffering from depression, without knowing that he in fact
is a Vampire. As soon as the Lord meets Lucy, he instantly falls in love with her and Viktor now has to fight back for her
love in order not to finally lose her.
with: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley,
International sales: Picture Tree International
THE LAST DANCE by Houchang Allahyari (Houchang Allahyari Filmproduktion)
One morning police storm into the house where Karl lives with his mother to arrest the young man. Whatever the charge is,
it seems to be something nobody has the slightest understanding of. Months before: Karl is working in a hospital. He is fascinated
by a strong willed old lady. A friendship develops with this patient becoming more and more romantic. One night the two of
them get closer, closer than allowed.
with: Daniel Sträßer, Erni Mangold, Marion Mitterhammer
FAREWELL by Ludwig Wüst
A visit between girlfriends is captured in real-time: sparkling wine, cigarettes and a lack of communication that is implicitly
humorous. Suppressed feelings reach their tipping point and burst forth when triggered by something seemingly peripheral,
which poses a genuine emotional test. Parallel to this, the camera proceeds to close in on the scene and the protagonists
in a near imperceptible zoom. Coming to terms with ones past as a structurally composed, cinematic experiment. Consistent,
with: Birte Schnöink, Christian Friedel, Stephan Grossmann
International sales: sixpackfilm
HOMME LESS by Thomas Wirthensohn (Filmhaus Wien Universa Filmproduktion)
Homme Less is about the underbelly of the American Dream, the hidden backyard of our society. Marks life stands as a metaphor for
the struggle of the vanishing middle class in America. But its also a film about the relationship between New York City
and one of its residents. New York is not simply a beautiful backdrop for this story. Shes the antagonist that dictates
the direction Marks life is going in. The joy and pain, the love and hate, the success and denial New York is teasing
him with, the hardship he is going through in order to stay in her grace and the inventiveness he comes up with to be with
her are all unique.