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

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Michael Berger. Eine Hysterie
Short Documentary Film, AT 2010, Farbe, 50 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2010

Director, Script, Editor: Thomas Fürhapter
Cast: Sprecher: Paul Kraker
Camera: Chris Weiß, Manuel Zauner
Producers: Thomas Fürhapter

 

An “American career” characterised by expert knowledge and treacherous predictions. When young Austrian investment banker Michael Berger’s speculative bubble prematurely bursts, his investors lose millions. He disappeared and is now in prison after five years on the run. Fürhapter, the director, associates relaxed, everyday images with the lesson of Berger’s life story, and in this way develops perhaps the only adequate way of documenting a delinquency of this complexity.