Austria 2016, 95 min, English and German, Hebrew & English subtitles

If houses could talk, this nondescript building in Vienna would tell rousing stories of class struggle, political machinations, ghosts, and the things we choose to remember and forget. What is now a police headquarters used to be the site of a famous playhouse, Das Ringtheater, where 386 people perished in a fire. This was also the place where Sigmund Freud had his first clinic; a Cold War bunker designed to serve as the city’s nerve center; and even a luxury apartment complex where nobody wanted to live. The film’s director goes on an associative journey, part detective story and part personal art project, in an attempt to reconcile official and personal accounts of local history.

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Max-Ophüls-Preis Filmfestival


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  • Sun 14.05 10:30 Cinemateque 1
  • Wed 17.05 12:30 Cinemateque 2
Director & Script: Maya Mckechneay
Production: Oliver Neuman, Sabine Moser
Production Company: Freibeuterfilm
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Cinematography: Martin Putz
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born in Munich in 1974, studied German and Film Theory in Vienna. From 1999 she wrote movie reviews full-time, among other things for FALTER and and also lectured and worked as a film educator. "Sühnhaus" is her first feature film as a director.