30.09. - 09.10.2021

Vienna before Nightfall Austria, Germany, France 2016 | 73 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour and B&W | FF 2016

Robert Bober

Robert Bober (*1931 in Berlin) has won several awards as a novelist. He was assistant director to François Truffaut on films such as Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) and Jules et Jim (1962) and has made several documentaries about the consequences of the Holocaust.

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A journey back in time to Vienna 100 years ago at  the end of the Hapsburg monarchy through to the Austrian Anschluss with Nazi Germany. At the time, Vienna was Europe's cultural capital and home to a sizeable Jewish community. The film reconstructs the spiritual metropolis through the biographies of Jewish intellectuals living and working there during the period: Stefan Zweig, Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud and others. The film is also a piece of family history: Robert Bober's great-grandfather, who ended up in Viennain 1904 after a failed attempt to emigrate to the USA, spent the rest of his life there. He died in 1929, two years before the director was born. Vienna vor der Nacht is a film essay, apoetic and very personal confrontation with the city and its Jewish life before World War II. 
Original title: Vienne avant la nuit
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: French
Section: Kaleidoscope
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Robert Bober
Screenplay: Robert Bober
Producer: Estelle Fialon, Michael Eckelt, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Director of Photography: Giovanni Donfrancesco
Music: Denis Cuniot, Yom
Production Design: Hélène Ustaze (Requisite)
Editor: Catherine Zins
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Ulrike Dotzer (NDR)
Format: dcp
German Distributor: Edition Salzgeber
World Sales:
Production: Riva Filmproduktion; Les Films du Poisson; KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
Contact: Paulina Toenne, Riva Filmproduktion:


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