Ute Bock Superstar (2018)

Ute Bock Superstar
Director: Houchang Allahyari
Writer: Houchang Allahyari, Tom-Dariusch Allahyari, August Staudenmayer
Seen on: 11.2.2019

Ute Bock was one of the most important figures in Austrian refugee support efforts. She established a center and home for refugees and tirelessly worked to help them until their death in 2018. Allahyari has already created two documentaries about her. In this third one he combines images from the first two documentaries with new material in an attempt to create a memorial for her.

Ute Bock Superstar is a mix of private and public information and images about Bock (that probably stems from the fact that Allahyari was her brother-in-law), and that mix felt a little unbalanced to me. There was a lot of interesting stuff here, but I was hoping for a little more in the documentary.

The film poster showing a stencil of Ute Bock's face in red on yellow background.
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Der letzte Tanz [The Last Dance] (2014)

Der letzte Tanz
Director: Houchang Allahyari
Writer: Houchang Allahyari, Daniel Kundi, August Staudenmayer
Cast: Daniel Sträßer, Erni MangoldJanina SchauerDoina Weber, Viktor Gernot, Stefano Bernardin, Fritz Karl
Seen on: 16.02.2015

Karl (Daniel Sträßer) is surprisingly arrested one morning, to the horror and surprise of his mother. He won’t say a word, but slowly it becomes clear what happened over the past few months: Having just finished university in Germany, Karl had to start his compulsory civilian service in Vienna, which was scheduled at a geriatric hospital. Shortly before he started, he reconnected with Nathalie (Janina Schauer), an old class mate, and they started dating. But Karl remained distant with pretty much everybody but one of his patients, Julia Ecker (Erni Mangold). And that relationship soon crosses professional boundaries.

Der letzte Tanz takes on a difficult topic and has garnered quite a few awards in Austria, but personally I wasn’t very happy with how they handled it. Both regarding content and regarding style.

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