Young Austrian cinema competes at the 50th Karlovy Vary Festival

Two young directors selected for the Karlovy Vary competitions:  Peter Brunner’s Those Who Fly Have Wings runs for Crystal Globe, Albert Meisl’s The Father Tapes is vying at the at the Documentary competiton. Two more Austrian feature films are on the schedule of the Karlovy Vary side bars – Goodnight Mommy by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (Variety Critics' Choice) and Superworld by Karl Markovics (Horizons)


 by Peter Brunner

World Premiere
In the face of death, time seems to stop for those left behind. What can they do to start the clock ticking again? This inward-looking, artistically striking, and exceptionally strong drama presents its protagonists in moments of sorrow and the occasional joy, but always as fragile, vulnerable people. 

with: Jana McKinnon, Renate Hild, Pia Dolezal

July 8    20:00   Grand Hall

July 9    13:00   Pupp

July 11  14:00   Drahomira Cinema      


  by Albert Meisl

World Premiere

When Albert Meisl finds out that his father might not survive the summer, he begins to bring a camera along on his visits to his parent’s house. Without making any aesthetic claim, he documents a caregiving routine marked by patience and benevolence. In the form of observation, Vaterfilm poses the question of how to face the suffering of a loved one. And with that, is more than is promised in the title: a family film, namely, and a moving testament of love until the very end. 


July 8    15:30  Cas Cinema

July 9    17:00  Drahomira Cinema  


GOODNIGHT MOMMY by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala

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 und Lukas Schwarz
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July 4     10:30   Lazne III

July 5     15:30   Cinema B

July 9     16:00   Congress Hall



by Karl Markovics

Gabi Kovanda, supermarket employee, leads an ordinary life between family and job, between single-family home and local food store. One day when Gabi comes home from work something happens that changes her life in a single moment. It isn’t visible, it makes no sound, and yet it strikes her like a bolt from the sky – an encounter with God. A person is snubbed by their own existence. Without external cause, without hardship. How do you cope with it? And how do your surroundings cope with it? 

with: Ulrike Beimpold, Rainer Wöss
July 4       10:00    Pupp

July 7       13:30    Richmond

July 10     18:30    Small Hall