Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Feature Film, AT 1976, Farbe, 115 min.
Diagonale 2017

Director: Rainer Boldt
Script: Herbert Brödl, Alexander Steffen
Cast: Wolfgang Ambros, Jan Kickert, Franz Buchrieser, Pola Kinski, Emanuel Schmied, Hanno Pöschl
Camera: Xaver Schwarzenberger
Editor: Marie Homolkova
Music: Alexander Steffen


Italian Neoverismo walks into the country bumpkin outskirts of 1950s Vienna. Austrian songwriter superstar Wolfgang Ambros gives his only lead performance as world-weary factory worker, dreaming the dream of becoming a soccer star. Worker-girlfriend Pola Kinski und down-and-out prize boxer Franz Buchrieser guide him on his way out of this nowhere. A beautiful lost classic in the vein of De Sica and Olmi, specially restored by Filmarchiv Austria from the only remaining copy, the original negative.

Austro-Pop-Film Thirty years past Falco, Austria currently enters a new phase of becoming a pop nation. With popular local singers such as Anja “Soap&Skin” Plaschg and Anna F. moving more and more into acting, Filmarchiv Austria looks back onto the first wave when pop broke out on the Danube when local songwriter-icons the likes of Wolfgang Ambros, Reinhard Fendrich, and Hansi Lang entered the charts, the mainstream headlines, and finally the silver screen as Bowie, Jagger, and Elvis had done before them. With interesting results.
(Paul Poet)

1000 Beat Film As romping grounds for ideologies and identities, pop has become more topical again as a venue for political and social debates. “1000 Beat Film”, searches for pop motifs in Austrian film and summons a pleasurable (re)reading of its moving images – between anarchy in the pubs and hedonism in the suburban disco.