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Der Busenfreund
Short Documentary Film, AT 1997, Farbe, 60 min.
Diagonale 2017

Director, Script: Ulrich Seidl
Cast: mit: René Rupnik
Camera: Heinz Brandner, Jerzy Palacz, Hans Selikovsky, Peter Zeitlinger
Editor: Walter Andreas Christen
Location Sound: Ekkehart Baumung
Music: Walter Andreas Christen
Additional Credits: Recherche, Regieassistenz: Veronika Franz
Producers: Erich Lackner
Production: Lotus-Film GesmbH


The film portrays René Rupnik, a fifty-year-old mathematics teacher who lives with his aged mother, surrounded by protect barriers of trash, paper, and newspapers that he has accumulated in decades of collecting on the street. In his imagination, the obsessive breast expert lives with Senta Berger, a famous Viennese actress whom he has worshipped for years.

Ulrich Seidl’s complete works in a DVD box set; including a book containing texts and interviews. On the occasion of the publication of the DVD box set by HOANZL, the Diagonale will present the first cinema screening of the two early television works Bilder einer Ausstellung and Der Busenfreund. After the screening Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz will speak with Stefan Grisseman, film critic, author, and longtime observer of his work.

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.

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