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

Search archives

Search for:

Das erste Jahrhundert des Walter Arlen
Documentary Film, AT 2018, Farbe, 94 min., 20.3. OmeU / 24.3. OmdU
Diagonale 2019

Director, Script: Stephanus Domanig
Cast: Walter Arlen
Camera: Birgit Gudjonsdottir, Astrid Heubrandtner, Martin Putz, Harald Staudach
Editor: Lisa Zoe Geretschläger
Location Sound: Franz Moritz
Sounddesign: Franz Moritz
Producers: Peter Janecek, Stephanus Domanig
Production: Plaesion - Film + Vision


A rare piece of contemporary history and a deeply touching portrait of Walter Arlen who was driven by the Nazis from Vienna to exile in the U.S. in 1939. The film accompanies the ninety-eightyear- old composer—also on his journey back to his former homeland. The story Arlen tells is a moving one—and not only in conversation: the mourning of losses, the fear and trauma he lived through, and the experience of exile—all are part of his music, which Stephanus Domanig subtly weaves into the film.