SOMMER IN WIEN
Director: Walter Größbauer
Documentary | A | 2015
100 min | Dolby Stereo
49th Hof International Film Festival
It’s summer, and life in the city is out of control. The blue flag is flying in the public baths, temperatures are soaring. In a workshop in the 15th Viennese district, damaged pianos await their repair and rare string instruments their creation. But not only the instruments feel at home here, so do people with special life concepts. A stroll through the world of piano maker Bernhard Balas has a healing effect. Here, the love of one’s profession dominates, and while experiencing the daily workshop routine, a system is revealed which could be a model for a better world. Max, a restorer from Slovenia, lives with his boyfriend Niklas.
In the midst of an interior from a long distant time, they talk about social difficulties and offer insights into their relationship. Christin, who up until a year ago used to be called Christian, organizes a “festival of encounters” in her garden plot with Andrea. But just in this moment, Andrea’s cell phone is run over by a truck, the toilet facilities implode and the power generator stops working. John is a writer who has just published his first book. He would like to change his life that lacks drive and gumption. When his sculptor friend comes to see him, they begin a heated debate on democracy, war and peace.