dir. Lukas Sturm
German with English Subtitles
Co-presented with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
This documentary focuses on an encounter between Eric Pleskow and Ari Rath, who both had to flee from Austria and the Nazi regime. These two extraordinary men just recently found out that they grew up in the same Viennese street, the Porzellangasse. Eric Pleskow, a legendary Hollywood producer, Oscar winner and president of the Austrian Film Festival Viennale, met Ari Rath, the renowned activist and former editor of the Jerusalem Post, for the first time in 2009.
This film screening, which helps kick off the Austrian Cultural Forum New York’s special 10-year Anniversary Film Series, will take place in the presence of Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of Austria, Film Producer (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, Annie Hall) Eric Pleskow, and Ari Rath.
About the ACFNY’s 10 Year Anniversary Film Series
This year, the Austrian Cultural Forum marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of its architectural landmark building in midtown Manhattan with a host of special programs. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, the ACFNY has joined forces with New York’s Anthology Film Archives and the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film to present a series showcasing ten of the finest Austrian films produced since the Forum’s re-opening in 2002.
Featuring fictional, documentary, and experimental films made by Austrian filmmakers in the last ten years, the series demonstrates the richness and sophistication of contemporary Austrian cinema, and includes both internationally acclaimed films (The White Ribbon, Our Daily Bread, Import Export, Lourdes) and those which have had little or no exposure here in the United States (such as Ruth Beckermann’s Zorro’s Bar Mitzwa or Gerhard Benedikt Friedl’s Wolff Von Amerongen).
All other screenings will take place at New York’s Anthology Film Archives.