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“I’m not in the picture!” The grandmother is sure the filmmaker has positioned the camera wrong. The old lady vigorously defends her image of herself against her granddaughter, who wants to learn more about her flight from Hungary to Austria. In a dialogue characterized by friction and intimacy, they reveal the way families pass on their history from one generation to the next, and how it works its way into the core of relationships.

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Far from past

A film by Nicole Foelsterl, 2018

“Far from past” is the filmmaker’s personal attempt to come to terms with the ambivalent history of her own grandmother as a member of the German-speaking minority of Danube Swabians during the Second World War. Intense scenes of these two women engaged in mundane tasks are interwoven with fragments of conversations and film footage from the old homeland to create a reflection on the elusive relationship between narrative and memory.

Awards

VIENNA SHORTS AWARDS 2019 – Main Award National Competition – qualifies for the Academy Awards®

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR 2019 – Elfi Dassanowsky Award

Festivals and Screenings

19th Flensburger Short Film Festival | 20-24 November 2019

Österreichische Kurzfilmschau 2020 (Akademie Screening) | 17th November 2019, mumok kino, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

36th Kasseler Dok Fest | 12-17 November 2019

25th Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

The 42nd Norwegian Short Film Festival, 12th-16th of June 2019

Festival of Nations, Lenzing, Upper Austria, 8-13 June 2019

VIENNA SHORTS FESTIVAL  – 16TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR SHORT FILM, ANIMATION & MUSIC VIDEO, 28th of May – 2th of June 2019

FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival, 9 – 14 April 2019

Diagonale’19 – Festival of Austrian Film | March 19–24, 2019, Graz

54th Solothurner Filmtage |  24th–31st January 2019

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur | The Short Film Festival of Switzerland | 6–11 November 2018

Reviews

LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY: TWO AUSTRIAN LADIES LOOK BACK
Modern Times Review – The International Documentary Magazine
Neil Young – April 18, 2019

PREISREGEN FÜR ZWEI REGISSEURINNEN
hadl, ORF.at/Presseaussendungen VIS

Credits

Produced, directed and edited by NICOLE FOELSTERL
Character: MARIANNE SCHNEIDER
Script consulting: ANDRES VEIEL
Camera 2016: ASTRID HEUBRANDTNER
Sound 2016: STEFAN ROSENSPRUNG
Visual Effects: SUSANNE HOFER
Post production: MATTHIAS KAPPELER
Sound design: GREGG SKERMAN
Color grading: RALPH WETLI
Title design: ANNE GÜLDNER
German subtitles: ELISABETH KRÜSI
English subtitles: MARK MISCOVICH
Graphic design: KARIN HUTTER
Communication: GEESA TUCH

Financial support

CINE ART Steirische Filmförderung (AT)
FOCAL Mentorings for Doc (CH)

Distribution and Festival Strategies

LEMONADE FILMS

General information

Original title: Eigentlich vergangen
International title: Far from past
Year of completion: 2018
Length: 15 minutes
Spoken language: German
Subtitles: German/English
Shooting format: HDV, High8, Super 8
Screening format: DPC, Apple Pro Res, H264

Contact

Nicole Foelsterl
mail@nicolefoelsterl.com