31st Hof International Film Festival 1997


31st Hof International Film Festival 1997

Director: Othmar Schmiederer
Documentary | A | 1996
110 min | Dolby Stereo

31st Hof International Film Festival

In the wake of the leisure industry and the aberrations of marketing nature, only few of the high-lying areas in the Alps have retained some of their magic. One of these relatively isolated highland areas, a periodical habitat close to ‘wilderness’, is the Eastern Dachsteinstock in Austria.

The film follows the lost myths, the spirit of certain distinguished and ill-reputed locations in this area, but also shows the peasants’ everyday life on one of these highlying pastures and their interests and conflicts in a traditional tourist area. Geomancy, mythical tales and the echo of magical perceptions are offset by the facts of the peasants’ daily chores, the course of the summer in the mountains, but also by the tourists’ expectations and dreams. Things seemingly familiar and matter-of-fact suddenly become alien and vice versa.