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

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Documentary Film, AT 2017, Farbe, 78 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2017

Director, Script: Thomas Fürhapter
Camera: Judith Benedikt
Editor: Dieter Pichler
Location Sound: Andreas Hamza
Additional Credits:
Tonmischung: Tom Pötz
Dramaturgische Beratung: Constantin Wulff
Producers: Johannes Rosenberger
Production: Navigator Film


What do you do when you find out that you are expecting a handicapped child? Thomas Fürhapter developed his complex cinematic essay based on this question as starting point. In DIE DRITTE OPTION, individual fates in an era of prenatal diagnostics and bio-politics are placed within a radical contemporary and sociopolitical context. Layer after layer is removed, clearing the view for essential questions related to birth, ethics, and norms – and in this way, something that affects only a few becomes a matter that concerns everyone.

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