Austria, 2002, 115 minutes, color, 35mm
German and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directors: Robert Schindel and Lukas Stepanik
Austria’s entry to the Academy Awards
Adapted from an acclaimed Austrian novel, this drama expertly mingles
the stories of an Austrian Holocaust survivor living in New York, a
German journalist with a Nazi father, and a Jewish actor from Vienna.
Delving into the complex memories of each of these characters, this
sophisticated film offers a fiercely intelligent perspective on how
the past remains a vital force in defining the present.
Filmmaker Lukas Stepanik invited
Discussant: Sabine von Mering, Brandeis University
Sponsor: The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, The Center for German
and European Studies and The Tauber Institute for the Study of European