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12.03. - 21:00,
French Cultural Institute

Director:  Eva Eckert
Cinematography:  Eva Eckert , Ludwig Lckinger
Editor(s):  Eva Eckert , Christine llinger
Producers:  Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer and Nicole Scherg
Screenplay:  Eva Eckert
Production:  Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
International distribution:  Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
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Eisenwurzen - a Mountain Musical
Eisenwurzen (Das Musical)
Eisenwurzen - a Mountain Musical
Austria , 2008, 52 min, color
Awards:  International "Berg-Abenteuer" Film Festval 2008 - "Special Jury Mention"

Eisenwurzen is located in a longtime steel-factory region between Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria. The film is an insight into the folk music of the Eisenwurzen region, people singing and stamping, so telling the history of the legends and plagues of the Austrian Eisenstrasse (Iron Route), almost a western musical and an echo off the collective history. The heroes and heroines - all musicians - are miners, charcoal burners, mountain farmers, hunters and factory workers. With the strange musicality of their voices they create, within a meteorological as well as social politically rough climate, a spare hymn on an already historical worker's society. In their songs, they sing the Eisenwurzen Blues and at the same time its avantgardistic arrival in the contemporary song tradition. An un-heard-of Heimat and art film this stupefying and very carefully executed portrait of the Eisenwurzen region goes against all our traditional visual expectations. Folksongs off the pop charts an eye- and ear pleasing and truly modern musical!

Eva Eckert
Austrian director, born in 1969 in Vienna. She debuted in cinema in 2005 with the short TV documentary Marg, followed by another short documentary Er/Ich, which she made the same year. In 2007 she made Mask. Eisenwurzen A Mountain Musical is her latest film.

2005  Marg TV docu
2005  Er/Ich TV docu
2007  Mask docu
2008  Eisenwurzen (Das Musical) docu
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