PARADISE: HOPE competes for Golden Bear



... Anja Salomonowitz’ THE 727 DAYS WITHOUT KARAMO and Gustav Deutsch’s SHIRLEY – VISIONS OF REALITY contribute in the Forum Section, Tizza Covi’s & Rainer Frimmel’s THE SHINE OF DAY and eleven more Austrian films to see at the European Film Market. Join us in Berlin

On top of Ulrich Seidl’s competition entry with PARADISE: HOPE, the Austria’s Berlinale line-up includes two international premieres at the Forum: Gustav Deutsch’ narrative encounter with 13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings SHIRLEY – VISIONS OF REALITY; and Anja Salomonowitz’ THE 727 DAYS OF KARAMO, a documentary on bi-national couples and their struggle to defend their love against restrictive immigration law. Perspektive Deutsches Kino will present this year’s Max Ophüls winner THE SHINE OF DAY by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel.



by Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion (A), Tatfilm (D), Parisienne de Production (F))
supported by Austrian Film Institute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund, Land Niederösterreich, Eurimages, Media, ARTE, France Cinéma, WDR/ARTE, Degeto, CNC

Her mother in Kenya, 13-year-old Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp set in the Austrian countryside. Between workouts and nutrition classes, pillow fights and first cigarettes, she falls in love with a doctor 40 years her senior – and in all innocence sets out to seduce him. PARADISE: Hope is a „teen camp“ movie that tells of the unconditionality of first love.

with: Melanie Lenz, Josef Lorenz, Michael Thomas, Vivian Bartsch


SHIRLEY – VISIONS OF REALITY by Gustav Deutsch (KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Filmproduction (A))
produced with Austrian support by: bm:ukk, Austrian Film Institute, FISA, ORF, Vienna Film Fund

The film uses 13 cinematically vivified paintings by Edward Hopper to tell the story of a woman who lives in a reality she doesn’t accept as given but rather as a made up and changeable construct and who sticks to her convictions in moments of truth.

with: Stephanie Cumming, Christoph Bach, Florentin Groll, Elfriede Irral, Tom Hanslmaier, Yarina Gurtner Vargas
DIE 727 TAGE OHNE KARAMO von Anja Salomonowitz (Amour Fou Wien (A))
produced with Austrian support by: bm:ukk, FISA, ORF, Filmfonds Wien, Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich

They met the love of their life,but love is not boundless for binational couples. The 727 Days Without Karamo is a documentary experiment: 21 couples have been filmed and share personal moments of their story. Everyone of them is only present for a few minutes in this mosaic. Together they form one complete story – of how love can rise above the written law.


THE SHINE OF DAY by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel (Vento Film)
produced with Austrian support by: bm:ukk, Südtiroler Landesregierung

Phillip Hochmair is a young, successful actor with engagementsat big theatres in Vienna and Hamburg. His life is marked by learning new texts by heart, rehearsals, and performances,
thus gradually losing contact with the reality of everyday life. Only when he meets wandering Walter, with whom he establishes an ambiguous friendship, and also faces his neighbour Victor’s destiny, he remembers that life is not just a stage.
with: Philipp Hochmair, Walter Saabel


A Horse on the Balcony
directed by Hüseyin Tabak
Mini Film (A)
International sales: Sola Media

Crossing Boundaries
directed by Florian Flicker
Prisma Film (A)

Globally Yours
directed by Marko Doringer
Marko Doringer Filmproduktion (A)

Glorious Deserter
directed by Gabriele Neudecker
Pimp the Pony Productions (A)

Michael H.
profession: director (invitation only)
directed by Yves Montmayeur
WILDart Film (A)
International sales: Films Boutique

Museum Hours
directed by Jem Cohen
Little Magnet Films (A), KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A), Gravity Hill Films (USA)
International sales: MPM Film

Soldate Jeanette
directed by Daniel Hoesl
European Film Conspiracy Kollektiv (A)
International sales: Premium Films

The Dead And The Living
directed by Barbara Albert
coop99 filmproduktion (A), Alex Stern (PL), Komplizenfilm (D)
International sales: Films Distribution

The Wall
directed by Julian Roman Pölsler
coop99 filmproduktion (A), Starhaus Filmproduktion (D)
International sales: The Match Factory

What Happiness Is
directed by Harald Friedl
kurt mayer film (A)

Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing ...
directed by Hüseyin Tabak
Dor Film (A), Hüseyin Tabak (TR)