This Ain't No Heartland
Portrait of the atmosphere in the American Midwest during the Iraq War.
Views of a Retired Night Porter
In his documentary film Night Porter's Point of View (1977), Krzysztof Kieslowski introduced audiences to the "watchdog" of the Communist regime, whose guiding life principle was to subject factory employees to thorough scrutiny. Almost thirty years later, the Austrian filmmaker Andreas Horvath profiles this man once again, whose views, despite the different political situation, haven't changed. Horvath's film is a bitterly poetic swan song of the somewhat unsettling old days, and of one of the period's devoted adherents.
The Passion according to the Polish Community of Pruchnik
In the small town of Pruchnik, near the remote Bieszczady Mountains in the south-eastern part of Poland, villagers gather every year on Good Friday to "punish" Judas for his betrayal of Jesus. The film explores the thin line between pagan and Christian rites and raises the timely question to what extent anti-semitism finds loopholes in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Arab Attraction explores the unusual paradigm shift of a woman known for her pronounced feminist views. She falls in love with a man from Yemen who is 20 years her junior, to become his second wife and a devoted Muslim.
Andreas Horvath was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1968. He studied photography in Vienna and multimedia art in Salzburg. As a freelance photographer and filmmaker, he publishes photo books (Yakutia, Siberia and rural America) and creates independent films that have received awards at international festivals, e.g. Chicago IDFF and Karlovy Vary IFF. Filmography: 2010 Arab Attraction (119 min); The Passion According to the Polish Community of Pruchnik (30 min); 2006 Views of a Retired Night Porter (38 min); 2004 This Ain't No Heartland (105 min); 2002 The Silence of Green (48 min); 2000 CA Creativity Price (promotional video, 10 min); 1999 Poroerotus (45 min); 1999 AIDS-Hilfe Salzburg (public awareness cinema ad, 1 min); 1998 Clearance (short, 17 min); 1995 Wienzeile (six cinema ads for a lit magazine); 1990s short and experimental films (Super-8).
o THE PASSION ACCORDING TO THE POLISH COMMUNITY OF PRUCHNIK – 2009 (documentary, 30 min.)o VIEWS OF A RETIRED NIGHT PORTER – 2006 (documentary, 38 min.)“Best Documentary” Karlovy Vary IFF, 2006o THIS AIN´T NO HEARTLAND – 2004 (documentary, 105 min.)“Grand Prix” Chicago Intl. Doc FF“Best Documentary” L´Alternativa, Barcelonao THE SILENCE OF GREEN – 2002 (documentary, 48 min.)“Special Mention” Visions du Reel, Nyon“Second Prize” Black Maria Film Festival, NY“Special Mention” Cine Eco, Portugalo POROEROTUS – 1999 (documentary, 45 min.)o CLEARANCE – 1998 (short, 17 min.)“First Prize” Banale 2000, Graz Austria