Austrian documentary films

Posted Aug 3, 2011
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  1. Darwin's Nightmare

    Darwin's Nightmare (2004)


    Darwin's Nightmare is a 2004 Austrian-French-Belgian documentary film written and directed by Hubert Sauper, dealing with the environmental and social effects of the fishing industry around Lake Victoria in Tanzania. It premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Documentary Feature at the 78th Academy Awards. The Boston Globe called it "the year's best documentary about the animal world."

  2. Turtle: The Incredible Journey

    Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009)


    Turtle: The Incredible Journey is a 2009 documentary film narrated by Miranda Richardson and directed by Nick Stringer. The film was co-produced by SeaWorld Pictures and Tradewind Pictures, and distributed in the United States by Hannover House.

  3. Whores' Glory

    Whores' Glory (2011)


    Whores’ Glory is a 2011 documentary by Michael Glawogger. It shows the life of prostitutes from three different cultures: Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

  4. To the Limit

    To the Limit (2007)


    To the Limit (German: Am Limit) is a 2007 German documentary film written and directed by German film director Pepe Danquart, about brothers Alexander Huber and Thomas Huber climbing the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park.

  5. Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary

    Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary (2002)


    Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin (titled Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary in English) is a 2002 Austrian documentary directed by André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer.

  6. We Feed the World

    We Feed the World (2005)


    We Feed the World is a 2005 documentary in which Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat and views modern industrial production of food and factory farming in a critical light. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.

  7. Watermarks

    Watermarks (2004)


    Watermarks is a 2004 documentary co-written and directed by Yaron Zilberman, in his directorial debut, that features women from the Viennese Hakoah swim team during the rise of fascism in 1930's Austria. The film describes the women's success as athletes leading up to the Anschluss of 1938 when the swimmers fled Austria to disparate locations in Israel, England, and the United States. The documentary ends with some of the women from the swim team returning to Vienna sixty-five years later for a reunion at their old swimming pool.

  8. Let's Make Money

    Let's Make Money (2008)


    Let’s Make Money is an Austrian documentary by Erwin Wagenhofer released in 2008. It is about aspects of the development of the world wide financial system, claiming that elitists economically exploit the rest of society, especially in the developing world, but also in western nations.

  9. Pianomania

    Pianomania (2009)


    Pianomania is a 2009 German-Austrian documentary film by directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis. The film presents Stefan Knüpfer, a virtuoso piano tuner from the piano company Steinway & Sons, in his work with pianists such as Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

  10. Elsewhere

    Elsewhere (2001)


    Elsewhere is an Austrian documentary in 12 episodes which describes life in twelve very different locations. During the year 2000 Nikolaus Geyrhalter and his teams travelled to different places each month, looking for places untouched by the millennium hysteria.

  11. Im Keller

    Im Keller (2014)


    In the Basement (Im Keller) is a 2014 Austrian documentary film directed by Ulrich Seidl about people and their obsessions, and what they do in their basements in their free time. It was part of the Out of Competition section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

  12. Der Anständige

    Der Anständige (2014)


    The Decent One (German: Der Anständige) is a 2014 German-Austrian-Israeli documentary directed by Vanessa Lapa about Heinrich Himmler. The film was based on a cache of letters and diary entries that were purchased by Lapa's parents and published in the German newspaper Die Welt. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received mixed reviews.

  13. We Come as Friends

    We Come as Friends (2014)


    We Come as Friends is a 2014 Austrian-French documentary film written, directed and produced by Hubert Sauper. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. It won the Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery at the festival.

  14. Abendland

    Abendland (2011)


    Abendland is a 2011 documentary film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The documentary, which has only scenes at night, explores European obsession with technology and security. It was released in Austria and Germany in 2011 and in the United States in 2012.

  15. War on Terror

    War on Terror (2011)


    War on Terror is an Austrian documentary film about the "War on Terror" initiated by U.S. president George W. Bush in 2001. The film features interviews with Manfred Nowak, who was United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010, Amy Goodman, the host and co-founder of Democracy Now! and the U.S. historian Alfred W. McCoy. Two former detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp are introduced in the film, Murat Kurnaz and Mustafa Ait Idir.

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