Dichter zu Gast – Blick ins innere Österreich
Linz / Oberösterreich 34 – Zeugnisse des Bürgerkriegs
In collaboration with Das Kino
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Michael Scharang: Die Kameraden des Koloman Wallisch (Austria, 1984)
Following the film screening there will be a discussion with Franzobel, Brigitte Kepplinger and Claudio Magris
The workers’ uprising or – depending on one’s point of view – Austrian Civil War which began in February of 1934 in Linz against Christian-Social Austro-Fascism, still throws dark shadows due to its cruelty, leading to a social separation whose consequences included the Anschluss (“annexation”) of Austria to Nazi Germany and the territorial separation of the country after the war. One of the few reflections of this time on film is Michael Scharang’s 1984 story Die Kameraden des Koloman Wallisch (The Comrades of Koloman Wallisch). Franzobel, novelist, poet and dramatist, wrote the play hunt oder Der totale Februar (hunt or The Total February) about the Schutzbund commander Ferdinand Fageth. In conversation with Brigitte Kepplinger and Claudio Magris, they will approach the life stories of these figures.
Three movies provide the point of departure for an exploration of turning points in Austrian history which also became decisive in the biography of people whose lives were changed by historical events – set on tracks that lead into the present. Claudio Magris, who in his work has proven to be an obsessive tracker of such changes that large-scale history effects in the lives of individuals, meets Austrian artists and scientists on three evenings and goes on a journey with them: Vienna, Linz and Salzburg are the regions that lead us into the country’s innermost.