VENICE SYNDROME

Germany / Austria / Italy 2012, 80 min, English and Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles

One of the most popular tourist cities in the world might collapse under pressure. Even before it physically sinks beneath the sea, economic interests threaten to empty Venice of its original inhabitants and its basic social services. Just 58,000 people now live there, and they play host to 20 million tourists a year. The constant growth of the local tourist industry is inversely proportional to the steady shrinking of the local population, which has a hard time handling the bloated prices of rent and basic staples. Based on remarkable research, Andreas Pichler's film gives a voice and face to the disappearing lifestyle of the Venetians. At the same time it follows a few local figures in their stubborn struggle against international corporations, which receive preferential treatment from the city and the government.

VENICE SYNDROME website

Director: Andreas Pichler
Production: Thomas Tielsch, Michael Seeber, Arash T. Riahi, Valerio B. Moser, Andreas Pichler
Production Company: Filmtank Gmbh, Golden Girls Filmproduktion Ges.m.b.h., Miramonte Film Ohg
Script: Andreas Pichler, Thomas Tielsch
Editing: Florian Miosge
Cinematography: Attila Boa
Music: Jan Tilman Schade
Print Source: Taskovski Films (festivals@taskovskifilms.com)
  • Sat 4/5 12:15, Cinemateque 3
  • Thu 9/5 13:45, Cinemateque 3
  • Sat 11/5 10:00, Cinemateque 1

Director CV

Born 1967 in Alto Adige; a borderline Italian, has studied philosophy and culture studies in Bologna and in Berlin and is now continuously working in Germany, Italy and Austria as director and author of documentaries.
In 2004 he was awarded with the renowned German “Grimme Award”.

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