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Der Ball
Feature Film, AT 1982, 50 min., dOF
Diagonale 2022

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl
Cast: Hans Rasch, Jutta Hermann, Otto Maier, Peter Berger, Richard Straub u. a.
Camera: Susanne Meitz, Hermann Dunzendorfer
Editor: Angela Kauf
Location Sound: Alf Schwarzlmüller
Producers: Ulrich Seidl
Production: Filmakademie Wien


Rural life and intoxication. Melancholy and society. The fuel for it: alcohol. Ulrich Seidl’s provincial burlesque Der Ball meets Florian Pochlatko’s south Austrian teenage dirtbag short Erdbeerland. To start things off, an earlier rarely screened film by Rainer Frimmel, whose title describes the three films’ simultaneous tragedy, comedy, veracity, and desire: Che bella è la vita. An invitation to a Sentimental Journey.

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