Scene from the film Bellavista
Scene from the film Bellavista
Scene from the film Bellavista
Scene from the film Bellavista
Scene from the film Bellavista


  • Austria
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Sappada is a linguistic enclave of the Plodar dialect, which is spoken in the Carnian Alps in northern Italy. The black and white film documentation centers around Giuliana who returned home to her parents' "Bellavista" hotel in Sappada after having stayed abroad, studied German, after two serious accidents and her brothers' suicide. Searching for creative space as redemption, she reflects upon the inner conflict in her life, feels that the dialect can be seen as a "home". Bellavista is far away from being an ethnographic study, as Schreiner links Giulianas perception with her extraordinary environment.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Schreiner, Giuliana Pachner
  • Cinematography
    Peter Schreiner
  • Editing
    Peter Schreiner
  • Sound
    Peter Schreiner
  • Runtime
    117 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Viennale '06, Vienna / Austria
    • Int. Film Festival Rotterdam '07 / Netherlands
    • Diagonale '07, Graz / Austria
    • Buenos Aires Int. Independent Filmfestival '07 / Argentina
    • Trento Film Festival '07 / Italy
    • DocumentaMadrid '07 / Spain
    • Kino Otok - Isola Cinema '07 / Slovenia
    • Era New Horizons Wroclav '07 / Poland
    • Der Neue Heimatfilm '07, Freistadt / Austria
    • Lessinia Filmfestival '07, Bosco Chiesanuova / Italy
    • Split Int. Film Festival '07 / Croatia
    • Duisburger Filmwoche '07 / Germany
    • Festival Saratov-Sufferings '07, Saratov / Russia
    • Shadow-Festival, Amsterdam '07 / Netherlands
    • Int. Filmwochenende Würzburg '08 / Germany
    • DocPoint'08, Helsinki / Finland
    • Bradford Int. Film Festival '08 / United Kingdom
    • Int. Film Festival Innsbruck '08 / Austria
    • Walserherbst '08 / Austria
    • Diagonale '10, Graz / Austria
    • Lendwirbel-Festival, Graz, 2011 / Austria
    • Alpine Desire Film Series 2011, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York / United States
    • Cinemigrante International Filmfestival 2016, Buenos Aires / Argentina
    • San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival 2018 / Italy
    • I Mille Occhi Festival del Cinema e delle Arti 2019, Trieste / Italy
  • Awards
    • Main Diagonale Award, Best Austrian Documentary 2007 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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