Scene from the film Fata Morgana
Scene from the film Fata Morgana
Scene from the film Fata Morgana
Scene from the film Fata Morgana
Scene from the film Fata Morgana
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Fata Morgana

  • Austria
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A slow panorama of a striking landscape. A middle-aged couple – many questions, few clear-cut answers. Created in Germany and Libya, Peter Schreiner’s film essay investigates the metaphoric search for solid ground, but in doing so the director is not trying to "extend a helping hand” to viewers in order to guide them to a quiet place. Instead he is encouraging them to exit the theater edified, like his characters, by the whole experience. Perhaps he is not even looking for answers, but this lends all the greater urgency to the questions. The philosophical tone permeates the savageness of life, as is clear from the protagonists’ movements on the screen, which Schreiner fills with unusual compositions of their facial details. And despite the fact that emotions are kept to a bare minimum, the film is able to strike at the most profound human issues, including mortality. As the title would suggest, the film allows for an experience beyond reality, while always keeping its feet firmly on the ground. KVIFF


  • Original Title
    Fata Morgana
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Schreiner
  • Cinematography
    Peter Schreiner
  • Editing
    Peter Schreiner
  • Music
    Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
  • Sound
    Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
  • Runtime
    140 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Int. Filmfestival Rotterdam 2013 / The Netherlands
    • Diagonale 2013, Graz / Austria
    • Bradford International Filmfestival 2013 / Great Britain
    • New Horizons International Filmfestival 2013 / Poland
    • Bildrausch - Filmfest Basel 2013 / Switzerland
    • Transilvania International Filmfestival 2013, Cluj / Romania
    • Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival 2013 / Czech Republic
    • 37th São Paulo International Filmfestival, 2013 / Brazil
    • 42nd Festival du nouveau cinema 2013, Montreal / Canada
    • copenhagen architecture x film festival 2014, Copenhagen / Denmark
    • Cinemigrante International Filmfestival 2016, Buenos Aires / Argentina 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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