Prater

Prater

Österreich / Deutschland 2006/2007, Dokumentarfilm

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The beguiling images in "Prater" transform Vienna′s popular carnival attraction into a cinematic experience. Prater dynasties tell tales of a carney′s life. We meet the descendents of the "man without a torso", who, with his wife and children, established several amusement businesses around 1900 that are still in operation. We are introduced to the owners of the Schweizerhaus, descendents of imperial huntsmen who now run a first-class restaurant, or the Prater fix-it man who diligently repairs illusion devices that no longer work. Together with Prater visitors from the past and present, we take a journey without ever leaving our seats: Vienna becomes a miniature Venice with canals, the Rialto Bridge and the Ducal Palace. And towering above all of it is the Riesenrad, the giant Ferris wheel that looks out over the rooftops of Vienna. 

Ulrike Ottinger′s "Prater" plunges the viewer into a universe of desires and sensations. The film examines the cultural history of the oldest amusement park in the world and provides insight into the technological development of the attractions. We meet people for whom the Prater is a place of amusement, memory, or simply the center of their life. At Vienna′s Prater wishes become reality. The latest space travel technologies speed us toward the moon; in the tunnel of horrors we encounter monsters from the pages of film history. "Prater", from the Latin pratum, means "meadow" and originally referred to the emperor′s hunting grounds once located at this spot. Today it is everyone′s hunting grounds: a journey through space and time – at the Prater, everything is possible.

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Ulrike Ottinger
Screenplay:Ulrike Ottinger
Director of photography:Ulrike Ottinger
Editing:Bettina Blickwede
  
Cast: 
Peter FitzErzähler
Veruschka von LehndorffBarbarella
Robert Kaldy-KaroZauberer
Barbara PreweinAssistentin
Georg Albert1. Original Wiener Praterkasperl
Evelyn Sulzbacher2. Original Wiener Praterkasperl
Heinrich HolubPrater-Heinzi
  
Production company:Kurt Mayer Film (Wien), Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion (Berlin)
Producer:Kurt Mayer, Ulrike Ottinger

All Credits

Director:Ulrike Ottinger
Assistant director:Hanne Lassl
Screenplay:Ulrike Ottinger
Director of photography:Ulrike Ottinger
Assistant camera:Martin Putz, Elsbeth Freidl
Clapper loader:Anna Manhardt
Make-up artist:Beate Lentsch-Bayerl (Veruschka)
Costume design:Annette Beaufays (Veruschka)
Editing:Bettina Blickwede
Sound editor:Veronika Hlawatsch
Sound:Klaus Kellermann
Audio mixing:Bernhard Maisch
Special effects:Rüdiger Schnur, Martin Putz
  
Cast: 
Peter FitzErzähler
Veruschka von LehndorffBarbarella
Robert Kaldy-KaroZauberer
Barbara PreweinAssistentin
Georg Albert1. Original Wiener Praterkasperl
Evelyn Sulzbacher2. Original Wiener Praterkasperl
Heinrich HolubPrater-Heinzi
  
Participation:Elfriede Jelinek, Elfriede Gerstl, Herbert J. Wimmer, Werner Schwarz, Ursula Storch
Voice:Peter Fitz
Production company:Kurt Mayer Film (Wien), Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion (Berlin)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Kurt Mayer, Ulrike Ottinger
Producer (TV):Jutta Krug, Peter Wurstinger
Line producer:Kurt Mayer
Unit production manager:Gerhard Hannak
Location manager:Hanne Lassl
Production assistant:Silja Lex
Shoot:: Wien (Prater)
Original distributor:Edition Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Subsequent distributor:Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (Berlin)
Funding:Filmfonds Wien (Wien), ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen (Wien)
Length:2943 m, 107 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 16.08.2007, 111140, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 10.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films;
Kinostart (DE): 06.12.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 11.12.2008, West 3

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Originaltitel (AT DE) Prater

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Original

Length:2943 m, 107 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 16.08.2007, 111140, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 10.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films;
Kinostart (DE): 06.12.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 11.12.2008, West 3
 

Awards

Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2007 2008
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 

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