Christian Berger

RAFFL

Der verschuldete Kleinbauer Franz Raffl entdeckt durch Zufall das Versteck von Andreas Hofer, auf dessen Ergreifung ein hohes Kopfgeld ausgesetzt ist. Während eines Verhörs gibt Raffl das Versteck preis. Ohne je die ausgesetzte Belohnung zu erhalten, wird Raffl nun verfolgt. Nur knapp entgeht er den Anschlägen auf sein Leben. Nach der Pfändung seines Hofes wird Raffl aus dem Dorf gejagt. In einer fremden Stadt schlägt er sich als Tagelöhner in einer Maut­ und Waaghalle durch.

Regie: Christian Berger
Österreich 1983
100min, DF– arabische UT
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Blickwechsel

In reports on voluntary work in Africa, we usually only experience the views of the people who went there for a couple of months, and these views have dominated our opinions of voluntary work in Africa in general. But what do the supervisors of all these visitors think about them coming and going? From many different points of view, the film shows what people in South Africa, Ghana and Gambia think about voluntary helpers.    

D 2014
Regie: Ferdinand Carrière/ Christian Weinert
87 min, Colour, DCP, Original with German subtitles
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DER UNTERGANG DES ALPENLANDES

„ The Lord created the world and in it’s centre he set the Alpenland (alpine country), the paradise on earth.“ – The Tyrolean version of the history of creation begins roughly like that, in which Pirchner is entrusted with keeping the alpine Garden of Eden clean. If he isn’t up to the task, a deadly leap into a mountain lake awaits him… DER UNTERGANG DES ALPENLANDES is an Austrian short film and a satire on the „Heimatfilm“-genre films which has gained cult-status. The same is true of Pirchner’s music which plays an important role in the film.
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ETHNISCHE IDYLLEN

Tenderness and hate after the war in Croatia, great expectations and great disappointments: these conflicting emotions drive people into a flight forward, a flight into idylls but also into a new era. This is a montage of material from research for a feature film, presented in video double projection. It’s an attempt to find a new narrative form using documentary methods.

Austria 1998
Regie: Christian Berger
90 min, Video-Doppelprojektion, Farbe, OF

FILMLICHT

MAKING OF feature films DEAD MAN’S MEMORIES and NE FAIS PAS ÇA! , about the development and use of the “Cine Reflect Light System“ in cooperation with Bartenbach Lichtlabor. It will be shown at the workshop discussion on “New Concepts of Light in Film“, with Christian Berger, Mohammed Soudani and Karl Saurer.

Austria 2003
Regie: Christian Berger
, Video, Farbe
Vorführung im Rahmen des Werkstattgesprächs „Neues Lichtdenken im Film“ mit Christian Berger, Mohammed Soudani und Karl Saurer read more

MIRAKEL

Nine-year-old Andreas is brought up by his grandmother. When she dies he puts the little angel of mortality into his mouth and stops talking. His silence provokes the people around him. Without wanting to, he brings disorder into well-ordered village life. Andreas evades the demands made on him and builds his own world, made of snow. The only other person who gets access to it is the vagabond. Shot in the East Tyrolean Dolomites, this is both a magic and realistic portrayal of life in the wild world of the mountains. read more

NOCAUT

Can man live up to his ideals? A universal question that the world of boxing and Cuban society propose in a radical way.

Switzerland 2004
Regie: Stefano Knuchel, Ivan Nurchis
65 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT

STRASSENKINDER IN MANAGUA

Category: IFFI 2005, Selection Christian Berger
Christian Berger’s unpublished study about children living on the rubbish dumps of Nicaragua’s capital.

Austria 0
Regie: Christian Berger
10 min, Video

TRUE LOVE

„Half of it is the static self-operated camera of the video diary of an HIV+ friend of mine in Lesotho and the other a fiction in Paris. Moalusi Thabane is a close friend of mine and this shows in the intimate, powerful images he sends me. Love in Lesotho becomes more of a physical experience while the love in Paris (inspired by the 1960s dialogue of Jean-Luc Godard’s films) turns in circles. As the story unfolds, somehow the two subjects, which could not have been more in contrast, find a common thread.“ (T. Edkins) read more

VOLVER LA VISTA

The film artificially puts the viewer in the role of a foreigner. It portraits twentysix Mexicans who live in Austria and Austrians spending their lives in Mexico. Employing clichés, desires, dreams and personal experiences, they depict their ideas of home while at the same time attempting to localize their personal identities. They are accompanied by two cameramen who themselves cross borders. Their gazes follow the narrators and their stories to the other country.

Austria/MEX 2005
Regie: Fridolin Schönwiese
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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