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OT: Maikäfer flieg

Mirjam Unger // Austria, 2016
Fiction Feature // FF2016
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Vienna 1945; the end of the Second World War through the eyes of 10-year old Christine. Bombed out of her home and completely destitute, she and her mother flee to a villa in Neuwaldegg. Later, they’re joined by her father who has deserted. Together, they long for the war to end. After the Nazi capitulation, Red Army soldiers are quartered in the house. Everyone is scared of the Russians, as they’re supposed to be unpredictable – only Christine isn’t. For her, the general anarchy is like a great adventure. Cheeky and inquisitive, she explores her surroundings and the new arrivals – and finds afriend in the Russian cook Cohn. Maikäfer flieg is the filmed adaptation of the autobiography of Christine Nöstlinger,a well-known writer of children’s books, and portrays the end of the war through the bizarre, imaginative gaze of a child.


Mirjam Unger (*1970) studierte Regie an der Filmakademie Wien. Für ihren ersten Dokumentarfilm Vienna’s Lost Daughters(FILMFEST HAMBURG 007) wurde sie bei der Diagonale in Graz mit demPublikumspreis ausgezeichnet. 2013 zeigte FILMFEST HAMBURG hr Musikerinnen-Porträt Oh Yeah, She Performs!.



Maikäfer flieg

Fiction Feature





109 min

OV with English subtitles

Mirjam Unger

Sandra Bohle, Mirjam Unger

Zita Gaier, Ursula Strauss, Gerald Votava, Konstantin Khabensky, Krista Stadler, Heinz Marecek, Paula Brunner, Bettina Mittendorfer, Lino Gaier, Denis Burgazliev, Ivan Shvedoff, Markus Schwärzer, Lissy Pernthaler, Hilde Dalik

Gabriele Kranzelbinder

Eva Testor

Niki Mossböck

Eva Jantschitsch

Katharina Wöppermann


KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production

Julia Norz, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production: welcome@kgp.co.at

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