WINNER Prix Italia for Drama (1985)
WINNER Golden Nymph, Monte Carlo Television Festival (1985)
WINNER International Press Award, Monte Carlo Television Festival (1985)
WINNER Best Fiction Prize, International Critics of TV Magazines (1985)

Selected Screenings

The New York Jewish Film Festival (2008)


It is Austria 1936 and Leonidas Tachezy (Gabriel Barylli), an Austrian government official happily married to the daughter of a prominent family, receives a unsettling letter. Twelve years before, as a student in Germany, he had an affair with a Jewish woman. Now she is asking for his help in placing a half-Jewish eleven year old boy in an Austrian school. This dramatic and complex film, based on a novella by the Jewish author Franz Werfel (1890-1945) delves into a man's ethical crisis. Is the child his? Should he help, and at a time when the Nazis are on the rise?

Critical Acclaim

“Axel Corti, assisted by Kurt Rittig, has written a screenplay with the poetic force of its literary parent…Corti looks at one man’s troubled heart with unspeakable clarity.”
– Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive


Director: Axel Corti
Scriptwriters: Axel Corti & Kurt Wittig
From the novella “Oesterreichischer Rundfunk” by Franz Werfel

Starring: Gabriel Barylli, Friedrich von Thun, Krystyna Janda, Friederike Kammer, Rudolf Melichar, Thomas Kamper, Sabastian Baur

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A Woman's Pale Blue Handwriting
Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift

Austria, 1984, 105 minutes
German with English subtitles

Directed by Axel Corti

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