Five directors from Central Europe contribute to making an international film reflecting a unique moment of forming of a new European community.
Figuring Out Father
The documentary film shows Sophie Templer-Kuh, a Jewish woman born 1916, on a search for her Austrian father, anarchist and psycho-analyst Otto Gross. This takes her to the early years of the modern age, to Vienna of the 1910s and 20s. Her search for her lost story, and that of her family, is an emigrant's look at Europe, the look of a woman who gradually realizes how much her father influenced the contemporary values of a liberal, self-determined and individualistic society.
Goisern Goes East
Enjoy a concert tour by ship. The Austrian musician Hubert von Goisern is crossing the East of Europe on the Danube from Austria to the Black Sea. He invites excellent musicians from the local pop and jazz scene. These musical and personal encounters along the shore are reflecting the changing cultures and their powerful expressions.
Flyers Over Amazonia
Flying as a dream and a passion, a job and a fate. That's the story of pilots Nilton and Fernando, hoboes of the air. They fly over Amazonia, the largest river region on the planet and its greatest forest, both a miracle of creation and a target of deforestation. Amazonia is portrayed in brilliant bird's-eye-view images, through authentic characters and their stories, actors, the pilots' voices, their thoughts concerning flying, fact and invention.A film that maintains a balance between realism and poetry, everyday life and dreams, combining them to pull the viewer into this world. An invitation to fly along.
The belief that there are no more white spots on Austria’s map is not quite right: In 1938 the German army established one of Europe’s largest military training grounds in northern Lower Austria. The over 160 square kilometers it covers are still restricted area. Nikolaus Geyrhalter approaches this literally occupied territory from a variety of new directions: the choreography of daily drills, the people who live on the edge of this area, and those who were resettled many years ago. Dozens of plant and animal species now live in this area, apparently without being affected by the activity and noise.
A portrait of one of Europe’s largest hospitals shows the daily routines and work processes at a powerful and highly complex institution. By depicting a modern healthcare facility, Danube Hospital holds a mirror to our society to show how it deals with health and illness, life and death. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes what goes on in a variety of zones, in conference areas, ORs, patients’ rooms, the disinfection and pathology departments, and the kitchen. As the film visits all these areas, it follows an ingenious principle of a puzzle whose pieces produce an effect only when fully assembled. A portrait of an institution in which the relationships between processes that are invisible to patients and visitors are shown in all their precision.