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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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Category: Edition 2016

Vienna 1945: la polveriera della guerra e l'occupazione russa visti attraverso gli occhi innocenti di Christine, nove anni. La bambina sa ben poco della pace, così come i bambini di oggi sanno ben poco della guerra. Bombardati e senza un soldo, lei e la sua famiglia vengono sistemati in un'antica villa alla periferia di Vienna. Adesso hanno un tetto sulla testa, ma nient'altro. Dopo la resa dei soldati tedeschi, gli subentrano i russi. Tutti hanno paura dei russi, che si ritiene siano molto volubili. Tutti tranne Christine.

Original Title Maikäfer flieg
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 109'
Production Year 2016
Nationality Austria
Directed by Mirjam Unger
Screenplay Sandra Bohole, Mirjam Unger
Based on the book "Maikäfer, flieg!"
by Christine Nöstlinger
Editor Niki Mossböck
Production Design Katharina Wöppermann
Music Eva Jantschitsch
Main cast Zita Gaier (Christine)
Ursula Strauss (mother)
Gerald Votava (father)
Paula Brunner (sister)
Krista Stadler (grandmother)
Heinz Mittendorfer (grandfather)
Bettina Mittendorfer (Frau von Braun)
Lino Gaier (Gerald)
Produced by Gabriele Kranzelbinder

Foto Mirjam UNGER copyright mirjam rannebergerMirjam Unger
Born  1970  in  Vienna, she is director and writer. She studied film directing at the  University  of  Music  and Performing Arts, Film-Academy Vienna.  She received  numerous  awards  for  her short films  at  international  festivals (Nachricht  von  H.,  Speak  Easy,  More or  Less...). Since 2000 she works as an independent director and writer for  cinema and  TV.

Director's statement
“When we began to adapt Christine Nöstlingers autobiography FLY AWAY HOME to a film script we had no idea that an actual war in Syria would soon be so close and omnipresent. Nöstlinger was 9 years old when World War II ended and the movie shows her experience as a warchild more than 70 years ago in Vienna during these last weeks of war and the beginning of a new peace. We wanted to focus on this very universal topic, children in war. The most memorable sentence from the many hours of conversation with the author was: “The weeks in summer of 1945 when everything lay in ashes were the most exciting and maybe even the best weeks of my childhood.“ The ambivalence of war and a child’s perception of what for adults was a catastrophy and the question what children see as adventure are important elements of this film. Apart from the historical background of Fly Away Home, Christine Nöstlinger has of course been one of the most important authors of children's books in Austria for decades and she is a guiding figure for so many of us and also for me. As a woman with political attitude and as an artist she is a role model, someone who empowers. It is by no way a coincidence that in this film version of her childhood nearly all main departments of this period picture were staffed by women”.

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