It's been a strong year for Austrian documentaries, as indicated by the eight Austrian contributions at the 13th CPH:DOX festival. Alongside festival favorites like THE GREAT MUSEUM and IN THE BASEMENT, the Copenhagen selection draws
attention to a new voice among Austrias documentary filmmakers: Johannes Gierlingers debut film THE FORTUNE YOU
SEEK IS IN ANOTHER COOKIE is a leading contender for the DOX:AWARD.
THE FORTUNE YOU SEEK IS IN ANOTHER COOKIE directed and produced by Johannes Gierlinger
The imaginary scene of a carousel and an intangible picture send the filmmaker on his journey. The collision of images, text
and sound finds its counterpart in the seemingly contrary locations and scenes. The Devils Dance meets the indulgence
of astronomical precision and death at the foot of an ocean. The voice of one versus the rapid fire of our times. The film
is stargazing and a quest for meaning. A montage of a multiyear excursion that describes the subjective view of the world
according to the filmmaker.
PRIVATE REVOLUTIONS - YOUNG, FEMALE, EGYPTIAN by Alexandra Schneider (Daniela Praher Filmproduktion)
Shot over a period of two years, the film chronicles the lives of four young Egyptian women from various social backgrounds
who are fighting for their rights and for change after the revolution.
THE GREAT MUSEUM by Johannes Holzhausen (Navigator Film)
This documentary portrays one of the most important museums in the world, Viennas 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 museums special world.
International sales: Wide House
Megatrends Africa Rising
WE COME AS FRIENDS 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 continents
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
Megatrends Rethinking Resources
ENERGIZED by Hubert Canaval (Allegro Film)
Nuclear disasters, wars over oil and gas, climate change and everincreasing energy consumption: We have reached an important
crossroads. To keep on going like this is not an option. But how can we meet our energy needs without destroying our own existence?
Is there such a thing as clean energy and efficient technology? And if so, why arent we using it?
International sales: Memento Films International
Artists & Auteurs
IN THE BASEMENT by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion)
The film is about people and basements and what people do in their basements in their free time. The film is about obsessions.
The film is about 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 directors characteristic
film tableaux to delve into the underground of the Austrian soul.
International sales: Coproduction Office
DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Ella Raidel
Double Happiness takes the Chinese copy of Hallstatt, a small idyllic town in Austria, as the starting point to explore Chinas
fast urbanization. Chinese cities are built where histories and memories can be easily forgotten and thus rewritten. The film
intersects the real and the fake through visual imagery and commentary, interviews and songs.
CERN by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (NGF Geyrhalterfilm)
The research centre CERN as a self-contained, independent zone a parallel universe so to speak. Here the big bang scenario
is recreated, searching for the smallest particle.
Nikolaus Geyrhalters documentary gives an impression of the huge infrastructure which makes an institution like CERN
possible. For this Nikolaus Geyrhalter is searching for moments of tension between man and technology. He observes how insight
is made, how knowledge originates.
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