Plot: In 1963, Franz Murer (Karl Fischer) is a pillar of his Austrian community, a politician and one of the richest men in the area. But during the Second World War, he was an important men for the Nazis and ran the ghetto in Vilnius where he was known for his cruelty. Simon Wiesenthal (Karl Markovics) has been fighting to get him in front of a judge, and finally he succeeds: Murer is tried for his war crimes. But will he be found guilty?
Murer: Anatomie eines Prozesses is an excellent film in all areas and a condemnation of Austria, especially with regards to the lack of accountability for our participation in World War Two – a lack that still haunts us to this day and causes nothing but problems. It’s hard to watch but absolutely necessary.
Steve (Laurie Calvert) and Josh (Oscar Dyekjær Giese) are snowboarders who are shooting a video in the alps. It’s supposed to be daring and fun but things go awry and the two of them, plus their PR manager and Steve’s now ex Branka (Gabriela Marcinková) find themselves stranded in the ski resort on top of the mountain in a hut that’s preparing to party all night. What seems like simply a bad evening turns into a really bad night when the hut is being swarmed by zombies.
Since I loved Hartl’s short films, my expectations for Angriff der Lederhosenzombies were pretty high. The movie couldn’t quite match those expectations, even though it’s really entertaining.
Maria (Lisa Martinek) and Paul Hofer (Bernhard Schir) have a great life – and a wonderful daughter in Nadja (Nikola Rudle). But shortly after Nadja’s sixteenth birthday, trouble arrives in the form of Nadja’s boyfriend Robi (Christopher Schärf). He is older and obviously from a social background that is nowhere near the Hofer’s lifestyle. But worst of all: Robi takes drugs – and he starts to drag Nadja into his addiction, despite her parents’ desperate attempts to keep her safe.
Meine Tochter nicht comes with a strong cast and hits some notes very accurately, but unfortunately loses almost all points in its resolution of the story and its moralizing tone.
Lea (Anna Rot) and Hanna (Magdalena Kronschläger) have been best friends for a long time. So when Lea comes up with the plan that they could both work as escorts to get some easy money while they study, it’s clear that they can only do it together and that nobody around them will know. Hanna is more reluctant but the two of them start working anyway. It turns out to be quite an adventure, at least initially.
Tag und Nacht is one of many films where young women decide to try sex work and then discover that it might not be all that great, at least in a society that has such an ambivalent relationship with sex work as ours. While the film is well-executed, it felt too familiar for its own good.
Simon Brenner (Josef Hader) now lives in Salzburg where he barely gets by with occasional jobs, the most recent of which – store detective – he promptly loses when he accuses the daughter of the director of the Salzburger Festspiele, Konstanze (Maria Köstlinger). Never mind that he was right. But Konstanze and Brenner are not done with each other yet: Konstanze’s husband recently died, believed to be a suicide. But Konstanze is sure that he was murdered because he spoke up about the sexual abuse he suffered from catholic priests when he was a child. She asks Brenner to investigate. Brenner agrees, going about it in his own very idiosyncratic way and uncovering much more than he bargained for.
Silentium is an improvement on the first film in the series in pretty much every aspect, except maybe acting and sense of humor which were already great in the first film and are equally great now. I enjoyed it a lot.
Viktor (Dominic Oley) likes to paint his girlfriend Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan), only that he never manages to paint her as she looks, instead he paints a vamped up version of her, which she is not too happy about. Viktor also illustrates the dream journals of Dr Freud (Karl Fischer) and as a thanks for that income, he leaves a painting of Lucy with Freud. Freud’s newest patient, Count Geza of Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti) has issues with his wife Elsa (Jeanette Hain) – they have been married for an eternity, quite literally since they’re both vampires -, and Geza just isn’t in love anymore. He is generally very tired of his life. When he sees the painting of Lucy, though, he recognizes his long lost love and finds new energy.
Therapy for a Vampire was an entertaining film and once that manages to be a vampire film full of allusions to Bram Stoker but still be very Austrian. It might not be the best film ever made, but I did enjoy it.
Because of World War 2 Rosemarie (Natalie Press) came to the UK from Austria with her father Friedrich (Matthias Habich), when she was just a little girl. Her father still dreams of being able to return to their villa in Austria, while they live in pretty poor circumstances. One day another exiled Austrian and friend of Friedrich’s, Anton (Johannes Krisch) shows up and Rosemarie falls in love. But she still isn’t sure where her place in life is.
Where I Belong tries pretty hard, but unfortunately fails in most aspects. The end product had me rolling my eyes so much, I got vertigo. Makes me pretty glad that I won tickets for the showing instead of paying to see it.