Director: Hans Andreas Guttner
Documentary | A | 2019
95 min | Stereo
53rd Hof International Film Festival
The film shows the Burgtheater in Vienna in a way that you wouldn’t otherwise see it. We see a microcosm of activities that intertwine like parts of a machine that has to function precisely in all areas in order to keep the theatrical production going. The connecting narrative thread is formed by the creation process of Ayad Akhtar’s play GEÄCHTET, from the first trial reading to the premiere.
We experience the intensity of the engagement with the material, the reservations and self-doubt, but also the reflections and emotions of the actors, for whom every successful production means an improvement of the world. Behind the pathos of a venerable tradition, the splendour and misery of the performances, we experience a complex world of work, with actors who carry out their specialized activities with the conviction of achieving something special and privileged.