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

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Dead Flowers
Feature Film, AT 1991, Farbe, 98 min.
Diagonale 2017

Director: Peter Ily Huemer
Script: Peter Ily Huemer
Cast: Kate Valk, Thierry van Werveke, Tana Schanzara, Dominique Horwitz, Mara Mattuschka, Therese Affolter, Ursula Koban, Sue Tauber
Camera: Walter Kindler
Editor: Eliška Štibrova
Location Sound: Thomas Szabolcs
Music: Peter Scherer, Bryan Ferry, Zipflo Weinrich
Producers: Veit Heiduschka
Production: Wega Film

 

Dead Flowers is an utopian, bizarre thriller, set in the industrial landscapes of suburban Vienna. Alex, a young man working as a pest controller, meets one night Alice, daughter of a diplomat. He falls in love with her, but is soon forced to recognize that this woman who has rescued him from his dull existence is no normal acquaintance at all. When she is pursued and eventually kidnapped, Alex sets off to look for her – a journey which takes him to the afterlife.

In Reference
The festival program, In Reference, draws red lines straight through the program: In it, Austrian cinema enters into a cinematic dialogue with itself and with selected international positions—reacting, interacting, commenting. The program selectively undertakes the attempt to take up related themes of the festival program, to connect them with one another, open up doors to new conceptual spaces, and initiate dialogue.