A Film by Astrid Johanna Ofner

Based on a novel by Peter Weiss

ASTRID JOHANNA OFNER

Director’s Notes

The thing about Peter Weiss’s text that I found particularly fascinating was its specific form, namely the simultaneity with which he describes his memories and reflects on what happened. And the great challenge was to come up with a filmic equivalent to this. Ultimately, the film turned into a forensic undertaking. It's a film about escape, family, and art; and about cities, images, sexuality, loneliness, history, violence, and friendship. And in a peculiar way, it’s also a film about houses and about the old and new Europe. (Astrid Johanna Ofner)

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1968 in Linz, Astrid Johanna Ofner studied philosophy at Sorbonne Nouvelle III, then film directing and photography at the Vienna Film Academy. She also completed film directing studies at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). She worked as an actress at Schaubühne Berlin and had the title role in Antigone (1991) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. She directed the short films SAVANNAH BAY (1989), INS LEERE (1993), JETZT UND ALLE ZEIT (1993) and SAG ES MIR DIENSTAG (2007).

2007
SAG ES MIR DIENSTAG

1993
JETZT UND ALLE ZEIT

1993
INS LEERE

1989
SAVANNAH BAY

PETER WEISS

(November 8, 1916 – May 10, 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays Marat/Sade and The Investigation and his novel THE AESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE.