Festival of Austrian Film
March 21–26, 2023, Graz


Aktion! Action! – Bernhard Frankfurter and His Films

Bernhard Frankfurter © SYNEMA (Nachlass Bernhard Frankfurter)

The Diagonale is pleased to announce two special programs that can be seen in March at the Festival of Austrian Film. The first historical special is titled FINALE and comprises five programs that have been selected together with the Filmarchiv Austria and the Austrian Film Museum as well as in cooperation with the ORF Archive. SYNEMA – Gesellschaft für Film und Medien and Diagonale dedicate the second historical special to the filmmaker, critic, and author Bernhard Frankfurter (1946–1999).

Aktion! Action! was curated by SYNEMA – Gesellschaft für Film und Medien. With the support of Graz 2003, European Capital of Culture, SYNEMA was able to save the estate of Bernhard Frankfurter and successively preserve and process it. In 2023 – thus exactly twenty years later –, SYNEMA, together with the Diagonale and participation of the ORF Archive, is now showing a multipart film program in honor of the author and filmmaker who was born in 1946 in Graz and died in 1999.

The historical specials FINALE and Aktion! Action! can be seen from March 22 to 26 at the Diagonale’23 in Graz and offer a rare opportunity to view works, some of which have been specially digitized and restored, from the national film archives away from the capital.

Aktion! Action! – Bernhard Frankfurter and His Films
Frauen von G. (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1977)
Erz Schmerz (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1984)
On the Road to Hollywood (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1982)
Asyl – Szenen aus einem Milieu (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1973)
Die Vertreibung aus dem Paradies (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1978)
SS-Nr. … (Ein SS-Arzt in Auschwitz) (D: Bernhard Frankfurter, AT 1984)