Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
June 8–13, 2021, Graz

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Der schönste Platz auf Erden
Documentary Film, AT 2020, Farbe, 87 min., 24.3. OmeU
Diagonale 2020

Director, Script, Camera: Elke Groen
Editor: Stephan Bechinger
Location Sound: David Almeido-Ribeiro, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Andreas Hamza, Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Producers: Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, Elke Groen
Production: Golden Girls Filmproduktion
Co-production: Groen.Film

 

The Diagonale’20 was cancelled due to official measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The most beautiful place on earth is a bench under a tree. It’s an inn; a disco. Somewhere where there’s no war. Perhaps it’s in Austria. Maybe in Pinkafeld, in Burgenland. A scant six thousand people live here. And it’s the hometown of Norbert Hofer, who appears on the screen right at the start of Elke Groen’s portrait of a small-town microcosm. Pinkafeld supports their most prominent inhabitant as president, although normally people here vote for the SPÖ. The residents are facing three grueling years. Between conversations at the pub, the traditional “Perchtenlauf,” and Ibiza-Video, Elke Groen eavesdrops on the thoughts of the people of Pinkafeld, talks with them, and draws a multi-perspectival picture of social life beyond metropolitan centers.