Five Austrian directors join the 10th Zurich film festival

Five Austrian directors join the 10th  Zurich film festival: David Ruehm with the world premiere of his new film THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE, Sudabeh Mortezai, Hubert Sauper, Ulrich Seidl who’s also one of this year’s ZFF Masters and Constantin Wulff who gives insight to Ulrich Seidl’s working method on set and stage in the documentary ULRICH SEIDL – A DIRECTOR AT WORK. 

Special screening 

DER VAMPIR AUF DER COUCH by David Rühm (Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, Hugo Film (CH))
Vienna, early 30’s: 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

ULRICH SEIDL - A DIRECTOR AT WORK by Constantin Wulff (Navigator Film, Gebrüder Beetz (D), Dschoint Ventschr Film (CH))
The film portrait for the first time depicts the controversial Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl at work, painting a vivid picture of the much-debated “Seidl method”: The camera patiently looks over Seidl’s shoulder during the shooting of In The Basement and accompanies him during rehearsals for his latest highly provocative stage production Böse Buben/Fiese Männer.In a suggestive montage, combining extensive interviews and clips from his earlier movies, this film gives a glimpse into the world of a fascinating and exceptional artist: It reveals just how much Seidl’s oeuvre is in itself a quest, on which he lets himself be guided both by “reality” and his own visions and demons.

International sales: autlook filmsale

Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria

MACONDO by Sudabeh Mortezai (FreibeuterFilm (A))
Ramasan, an 11-year-old boy from Chechnya, grows up in Macondo, a refugee settlement on the outskirts of Vienna. Living alone with his mother and two little sisters, Ramasan takes over the role of the father assuming the responsibility for his small family.

with: Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva, Rosa Minkailova, Iman Nasuhanowa
International sales: Films Boutique

Gala Premieres

IM KELLER by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion (A); coop99 filmproduktion (A))
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 director’s characteristic film tableaux to delve into the underground of the Austrian soul.

International sales: Coproduction Office

Border Lines

WE COME AS FRIENDS by Hubert Sauper (Adelante Films (F), KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A))
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 devided into two nations, an old ‘civilizing’ pathology reemerges – that of of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

International sales: Le Pacte

ZFF Masters

Filmography (selection):
2014 Im Keller
2013 PARADIES: Hoffnung
2012 PARADIES: Glaube; PARADIES: Liebe,
2007 Import Export
2003 Jesus, du weißt
2001 Hundstage