One fine morning Tahir and Hamine are informed about their father’s disappearance. They decide to look for him. “For kids the father is like a hero. There is no small father for kids – every kid can speak; My father is the strongest‘ – they believe it, and that’s it.” (Mahamet-Saleh Haroun)

Chad/F 2002
Regie: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun
85 min, 35 mm, Farbe, arab.-franz. OF mit dt. UT
Official Selection 34ème Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2002


Zico came to Iceland from Morocco to seek his fortune. After ten years running his own small business, Zico goes bankrupt. Desperate and depressed he decides to fire up his amateur team called Africa United and take them into the semi-professional 3rd division. He calls upon immigrants all over Iceland, players from Morocco, Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Kosovo, Gambia and Guinea to help realize his vision. The road to success is rocky and mid-season Africa United has lost all games; their best player walks out and Zico decides to meet his role-model in football in England for advice. read more

BAB’ AZIZ (Le prince qui contemplait son âme)

Following the tradition of „A Thousand and One Nights“, the film contains several stories – of princes, palaces and frustrated quests – in a magical tale about a dervish and his grand-daughter’s travels in the Sahara. BAB’AZIZ is a dazzling portrait of the desert and its legends, rarely shown in such eloquent manner in a feature film.

France/Ger/Iran/Tunesia/GB 2005
Regie: Nacer Khemir
98 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Prix de l’Institut Français; Festivals: Locarno 05, Nantes 05, Fribourg 05; In Kooperation mit dem Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Südwind Tirol und Izola Cinema – Kino Otok
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The film depicts what must have been the youth of many a football legend. They enchant the pitches of Europe every week-end and the tabloids write about their salaries and their love lives. But where do these African stars come from?

Guinea/F 1993
Regie: Cheik Doukoure
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, DEUTSCHE FASSUNG
Kinderfilm, empfohlen ab 8 Jahren; In Kooperation mit STASTO – Wacker Innsbruck


Shit happens, a stopptrickfilm.

Österreich/CH/Can/Lux 2005
Regie: Stefan Holaus
2 min, Video, Farbe
Winner Talent Screen Movie Marathon 2005; Kurzfilmfestival Abidjan


In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni, a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch. When Pughneere – his adopted sister – becomes ill, the villagers suspect Wend Kuuni. In order to save Pughneere’s life (and his own) he must set out on a journey to find a healer. His quest brings him in contact with people around him and is a journey of self-discovery.

Burkina Faso 1997
Regie: Gaston Kaboré
97 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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A Portrait of the Algerian filmmaker Mahammed Soudani who lives in Switzerland and started his career as a professional footbal player

Österreich 2006
Regie: Ale Bachlechner, Hari Schernthaner, Georg Simbeni, Günther Heim, Joachim Leitner, Evelin Stark, Elias Stabentheiner
18 min, Video, Farbe
Ein Film von Simon Welebil, Günther Heim, Ale Bachlechner, Hari Schernthaner, Georg Simbeni, Evelin Stark, Joachim Leitner


Atmospheric and bleached road movie about a paradoxical friendship during the Second World War. Johann is a German travelling salesman in aspirin who tries to escape the violent civilisation. In the remote north-west, he stops to give arrives to a young hitchhiker Ranulpho, who wants to seek fame and fortune in Río.

Brazil 2005
Regie: Marcelo Gomes
99 min,
Festivals: Cannes 05, Hamburg 05, San Sebastian 05, Rotterdam 06; In Anwesenheit des Regisseurs und des Hauptdarstellers; In Kooperation mit dem Österreichischen Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol
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DAS VERLORENE HALSBAND DER TAUBE (Tawk al hamama al mafkoud)

Die Kalligrafie wird in der arabischen Kultur als Anteil der ewigen, göttlichen Schönheit verstanden. Hassan ist gelehriger Schüler in der Kunst der Schönschrift und macht es sich zum Ziel, alle sechzig arabischen Worte für Liebe zu sammeln. Auf der Suche danach entdeckt er ein halb versengtes Manuskript, durch das er in den Bann der Prinzessin von Samarkand gezogen wird.

Tunesien/F 1991
Regie: Nacer Khemir
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./franz. UT


In the year 1953, only eight years after the war, a group of Austrian film-makers decided to make a co-production film with Yugoslav authorities, former enemy from the World War II. In spite of many obstructions and misunderstandings on both sides, the film-team, led by producer Carl Szokoll and director Helmut Käutner, succeeded to finish THE LAST BRIDGE and won the „Prix International“ at the Cannes Festival 1954. The surviving participants of the crew are evoking their memories about this production. read more


Ein Film über eine abenteuerliche Reise einiger Indigenas des Stammes Teribes in Costa Rica zurück zu ihrem Ursprung – ihren Wurzeln nach Panama.

Österreich/Costa Rica/Panama 2005
Regie: Carola Mair
25 min, Video, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT


Nacer Khemir führt uns bildlich gesprochen ins Leben der Wüste ein. Es ist ein Leben außerhalb des gängigen Zeitbegriffs. Das Schiff, das da plötzlich vor den Mauern der Stadt liegt, könnte jenes von Sindbad, dem Seefahrer, sein. Es steht für das Meer, für die Suche nach der Weite, nach dem Anderen hinter dem Horizont. Das Schiff weist seinerseits auf die andalusische Brücke: Cordoba ist da und Samarkand nie fern.

Tunesien 1984
Regie: Nacer Khemir
95 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./franz. UT
Festivals: Nantes 1984, Izola Cinema – Kino Otok 06
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It is the story of a family that was torn apart by a war, which split up the brothers and placed them on opposite sides. The end of the armed conflict allowed the family members to return to an impoverished country. As they attempt to overcome the memories of war wounds, of the deaths that burden their recollections, of the guilt and the mutual hatred, they are confronted by a disintegrating social fabric that continues to drive them apart. The Rivera family shows how division, religious manipulation, male chauvinism and poverty are part of what the war left behind in Nicaragua. read more


„In Mexico there are two things: The holy virgin of Guadalupe and football.” Jose Luis Trejo, the filmmaker’s father, is portrayed in his function as the coach of CF Pachuca, a renowned 1st league football team in Mexico. The film describes his stressful life and work as a football coach: team management, game analysis, training before and after the decisive games. Two thirds of professional coaches are suffering from various heart diseases including coach Trejo. To be a football coach is glorious and rewarding … as long as your team wins. read more


In 1984, a filmmaker – a woman steeped in the documentary traditions of the Left – sets out to dismantle the sinister symmetry of the Cold War and show the world the road to salvation through the miracle of the Polish Solidarity movement. When denied visas to shoot in Poland proper, she constructs a film in New York City.

USA 1984
Regie: Jill Godmilow
110 min, 16mm, Farbe, OF


A Portrait of Shaji N. Karun, recorded during his stays in Izola and Innsbruck.

Austria 2005
Regie: Ale Bachlechner, Hari Schernthaner, Georg Simbeni, Günther Heim, Joachim Leitner, Evelin Stark, Elias Stabentheiner
12 min, Video, Farbe
Ein Film von Hari Schernthaner, Günther Heim, Joachim Leitner, Georg Simbeni, Ale Bachlechner, Evelin Stark, Elias Stabentheiner


Category: IFFI 2006, Balkan Window, Visions of Reality
In the nineties the Yugoslavia Federation falls apart in bloody wars. Perpetual student Milan, a Serb from a patriarchal community and Kenan, a Muslim cellist, are a homosexual couple living in Sarajevo. Their lives, intimate and public, are shaken up by the aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose devastating consequences unfold in inter-ethnic hatred.

Bosnia – Herzegowina 2005
Regie: Ahmed Imamovic
97 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
In Kooperation mit HOSI Tirol
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GRAIN IN EAR (Mang Zhong)

Cui Shunji is one of over 2 million ethnic Coreans in China. With her little son, she rents a small concrete hut in an industrial town somewhere in the north of China. Day and night, she is disturbed by the shouting and giggling of the prostitutes who work by the railway. Her husband is in jail. Without any official permit, Cui Shunji scrapes together a living by selling kimchi, the Corean national dish. Things change slightly to her advantage when she gets hold of a permit from a friendly policeman, and also has an affair with the married Kim, another Chinese Corean. read more

GRAVEHOPPING (Odgrobadogroba)

Pero uses his considerable talent as a writer to concoct funeral speeches. But these are not mere eulogies for the deceased. Consciously or otherwise, Pero weaves his own perception of events and philosophy into them.

Slovenia/Croatia 2005
Regie: Jan Cvitkovicˇ
103 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festivals: San Sebastian 05, Zagreb 05, Cottbus 05


Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes deadly serious.

Senegal/F/Ger 1992
Regie: Ousmane Sembène
105 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
IFFI 1998 (Publikumspreis)

HISTORIAS DEL DESENCANTO (Stories of Disenchantment)

Isolated in a world in which time no longer exists, three characters, worn down by desolation and disenchantment, meet. A beautiful conceptual artist with bat-wings, Ainda is trying to escape from her sex maniac husband, who, although he was killed in a car crash, refuses to leave her alone. She comes across two young adults, Diego, an innocent looking blond, who wants to make a video film, and Ximena, educated in a Catholic institution, who is following him in search of unusual images; and a mystical and intense love affair develops between the three of them. read more


500 frames directly painted on material were black exposed. An intoxination of exploded colors. Sometimes the viewer constructs a picture in his brain you cannot see on the screen.

Austria 2002
Regie: Markus Heltschl
8 min, Video, Farbe
Kurzfilmfestival Abidjan (FICA) 06


Documentary Film Award Christian Berger
After the communist regime had capitulated at the beginning of the nineties, in Tirana, the capital of Albania, three young people found themselves in a new and unfamiliar world.

Austria 2004
Regie: Marko Doringer
59 min, Video, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Zagreb 05


A quasi-home video shot in three days about an affluent family in a villa by the sea, in which everything is not as beautiful as it looks at first sight and relationships can be just as fickle as a Gaudí church. Marco, the selfish father, is a successful architect; the mother, Soledad, is loving but slightly disoriented and son Marco is a far from successful student of architecture who has difficulty fighting his corner in discussions with his father. His first official girlfriend, the sensual Sofia, comes to visit. Sofia is a rebellious drama student who doesn’t mince her words and poses confrontational questions. She sets off a chain of events and emotions that threaten the unstable balance of the family. read more