A LIFE FOR THE DEAD

The Living at the Vienna Central Cemetery

a film by Karin Berghammer & Krisztina Kerekes
TV documentary |  52 min |  AT  | 2018
Free TV Premiere 28 October 2018, dokFilm at ORF2

SYNOPSIS

An arborist at dizzying treetop heights, the business-minded general manager who worries about the declining death toll, and two stonemasons to whom the afterlife also seems very close.

A LIFE FOR THE DEAD portrays the institution of the Vienna Central Cemetery using the people who work or spend their free time there.

There are a few characteristics that the people here seem to share: For one thing, there is an openness paired with serenity which allows for an unusual closeness and a healthy dose of humor. Perhaps it is the daily confrontation with finitude that brings a heightened awareness of one's own vitality.

Just as naturally as the members of various religions are bid farewell here in the same place, Austrians work here together with migrants, Muslims together with Catholics and atheists.

A place where, through the presence of the existential levels of our existence, the connecting principle is placed in the foreground.

AWARDS

"A Life for the Dead – The Living at the Vienna Central Cemetery" won the Franz Grabner Award, endowed with € 5,000, in the category of television documentaries, which was awarded at Diagonale'19 in Graz.

A place which seems to be a reflection of the city of Vienna in all its diversity. A film which discovers the fantastic in reality and the reality in fantasy.

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CREW

DIRECTED & WRITTEN BY
Karin Berghammer

CO-DIRECTOR & DOP
Krisztina Kerekes

SOUND
Nora Czamler

EDITOR
Cordula Werner, aea

SOUND EDITING, SOUND DESIGN & SOUND MIXING
Georg Tomandl

COMPOSITION
Christof Dienz

 

PRODUCTION 
berg hammer film GmbH

IN COPRODUCTION WITH
ORF

PRODUCTION

IN COPRODUCTION WITH

Karin Berghammer | berg hammer film

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