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

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Erik & Erika
Feature Film, AT/DE 2018, Farbe, 98 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2019

Director: Reinhold Bilgeri
Script: Dirk Kämper
Cast: Markus Freistätter, Marianne Sägebrecht, Cornelius Obonya, Ulrike Beimpold, August Schmölzer, Rainer Wöss, Gerhard Liebmann, Birgit Melcher, Lili Epply
Camera: Carsten Thiele
Editor: Karin Hartusch
Location Sound: Roman Schwartz
Music: Raimund Hepp
Sounddesign: Jochen Fenzl
Production Design: Bertram Reiter
Costumes: Brigitta Fink
Producers: Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn, Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach
Production: Lotus-Film GmbH
Co-production: Zeitsprung Pictures GmbH (DE)

 

In 1966, all of Austria was abuzz about the newfledged world champion in the women’s downhill. In 2014, the same person caused similar excitement on the TV show Dancing Stars—but this time as a man. The unbelievable story of Erik(a) Schinegger, the true story of a supposedly broken individual, who in a society that stigmatizes and makes taboos is able to courageously and selfconfidently assert himself.