Festival of Austrian Film
March 22 - 27, 2011
The Diagonale has turned Graz into the film capital of Austria since 1998. In the last 13 years, it has proved to be an indispensable venue for both the film industry and the public. Every year, around 1,300 accredited professionals as well as 25,000 visitors, including a high rate of young filmgoers, gather in Graz for the Diagonale. From over 500 submissions the Selected Programme presents outstanding feature films and documentaries, as well as the best short, animation and experimental films and videos.
Austria, 2010, 100 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Society
Darkness can help us see things more clearly. In Abendland, Nikolaus Geyrhalter undertakes a long associative journey across nighttime Europe. Pulsating service economy and affluent society, the wall of security and exclusion, urban civilization, hedonist Temple of Pleasure, at once inspired and weighed down by history, tradition and high culture. Night work, self-abandon, noise and silence, confusion of tongues, birth, illness, death and desperate attempts to cross the border. Geyrhalter's camera and the congenial editing by Wolfgang Widerhofer create a compelling film essay about one continent and the principle of the West (Abenland).
Geyrhalter's Abendland was included in Doc Launch, a presentation of upcoming documentary releases that took place in October 2010. To learn more about all films included in the presentation, please click here. Nikolaus Geyrhalter was also one of IDF's industry guests who had a master class in Jihlava.
Abendland will be released in Austria March 31, 2011.
For more details about Diagonale (March 22 - 27), please visit www.diagonale.at.