Scene from the film how we live - messages to the family
Scene from the film how we live - messages to the family
Scene from the film how we live - messages to the family
Scene from the film how we live - messages to the family
Scene from the film how we live - messages to the family
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how we live - messages to the family

  • Austria
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‘Imagine we are sitting at home, the screen is set up, the projector ready, and we start watching home movies together,’ suggests the calm voice of the filmmaker Gustav Deutsch at the beginning of how we live. The film assumes this same calm as it undertakes its journey via amateur film recordings gathered from archives in Austria, Italy, Holland and England, ‘traveling’ from Boston to Italy, from the USA to Austria's Burgenland, from Maryland to Greece, between Vienna, Sydney and Switzerland. The film employs a broad media-archaeology: home movies, video, mobile phone images, and skype. The family recordings that structure the film are like moving postcards, telling of various lives and paths in the 20th century. how we live also illustrates how the medium of film can be a tool of everyday life that functions at bridging the distances representation.


  • Original Title
    so leben wir - botschaften an die familie
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gustav Deutsch
  • Cinematography
    Gustav Deutsch, Mostafa Tabbou
  • Editing
    Gustav Deutsch
  • Music
    Christian Fennesz
  • Sound
    Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
  • Runtime
    107 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Mar del Plata IFF 2017
    • Milano - Filmmakers Festival 2017
    • Montréal - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2017
    • IndieCork Film Festival 2018
    • Graz - Diagonale 2018
    • Jeonju - International Film Festival 2018
    • Jihlava IDFF 2018
    • Indielisboa 2018
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival 2019
    • Thessaloniki IDFF 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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