Abendland

A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

A 2011, Dolby Digital, HD CAM/35mm, 16:9, 90 Min., original languages with subtitles

Synopsis

A film poem about a continent at night, a culture on which the sun’s going down, though it’s hyper alert at the same time, an “Abendland” that, often somewhat self-obsessively, sees itself as the crown of human civilization, while its service economy is undergoing rapid growth in a thoroughly pragmatic way. Nikolaus Geyrhalter takes a look at a paradise with a quite diverse understanding of protection.

 

Night work juxtaposed with oblivious evening digression, birth and death, questions that await answers in the semi-darkness, a Babel of languages, the routine of the daily news, and political negotiation: All this has been captured in images with a wealth of details that make us look at things in a new way.

 

The longer you consider a word, the more distant is its return gaze: ABENDLAND.

Awards

Nomination: Best Documentary
Österreichischer Filmpreis (2012)
Diagonale austrian editors association aea Prize
Diagonale (2011)
Millennium Award
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011)
The Canon Cinematography Award, Honorable Mention
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011)
Grand Prix Special Mention
Split Film Festival (2011)

Dates

11.03.2013 20:15

ORF III

22.12.2011

Cinema Release in Germany

07.12.2011

DVD Release in Austria (Hoanzl)

31.03.2011

Cinema Release in Austria

22.03.2011

Festivals: Graz, Nyon, Toronto, Munich, Warsaw, Isola, Moscow, Sarajevo, Przren, Fünf Seen, Milano, Split, New York,...

Festivals

MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, New York (2012)
Milano Film Festival (2011)
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2011)
Split Film Festival (2011)
Visions du Réel, Nyon (2011)
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto (2011)
International Documentary Film Festival Munich (2011)
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011)
Isola Cinema Festival, Ljubljana (2011)
Moscow International Film Festival (2011)
Sarajevo International Film Festival (2011)
Dokufest Prizren (2011)
Fünf Seen Film Festival (2011)

with support of

Filminstitut_WS
orf
FFW_Web 3
zdf
3Sat_WS

Production

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