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

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Abendland
Documentary Film, AT 2011, Farbe, 90 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2015

Director, Camera: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Script: Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Maria Arlamovsky
Editor: Wolfgang Widerhofer
Location Sound: Lea Saby, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Andreas Hamza, Lenka Mikulova, Nicolas Joly, Ekkehard Baumung
Producers: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Production: NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

 

With Abendland, Mr. Geyrhalter has created a portrait of an “imagined community” that’s readily recognizable as Europe. It’s easy at least to guess what he has in mind by combining shots of surveillance cameras and border fences with culturally specific blowouts like Oktoberfest: that the different nationalisms often seen to have defined and nearly destroyed Europe – and are here evoked by images of singing Bavarians in lederhosen – have been supplanted by a Europe that is itself an imagined community. (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)