My Fathers, My Mother & Me

Direction
Year
2012
Country
  • Austria
Duration
95min
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Subtitles

In 1972 controversial Austrian artist Otto Muehl (b. 1925) founded a commune in the town of Friedrichshof whose members espoused common property ownership, free love, and liberation from family ties. One of the main goals of this radical social experiment was the communal raising of children, who were taught to develop their creativity and reject paternal authority. This was no great task for many of the kids born there because, thanks to the prevalent free love practices, the majority didn’t even know who their real father was. Such is the case for the film’s director Paul-Julien Robert, who spent the first 12 years of his life in the commune. In his highly personal search for his biological father, the filmmaker reveals the true nature of life in one of Europe’s largest communes, which at one time boasted 500 members and remained in operation until Otto Muehl’s incarceration in 1991. The film takes advantage of an extensive film archive that was run by the members themselves. KVIFF

Details

  • Original title
    Meine keine Familie
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Paul-Julien Robert
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Klemens Hufnagl, Fritz Ofner
  • Editing
    Oliver Neumann
  • Music
    Walter Cikan, Marnix Veenenbos
  • Sound
    Sebastian Meise, Oliver Neumann, Till Rollinghof
  • Duration
    95 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Viennale 2012
    • Diagonale 2013
    • Vision du Reel Nyon 2013
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2013
    • Dok.fest Munich 2013
    • Sarajevo Film Festival 2013
    • Kasseler Dokfest 2013
    • London Film Festival 2013
    • Duisburger Filmwoche 2013
    • Sevilla IFF 2013
    • Solothurner Filmtage
    • New Horizons International Film Festival 14
    • Astra Film Festival 2014
    • Frontale 2014
    • Slamdance 2015
  • Awards
    • Austrian film prize 2014 - Best documentary & Best editing
    • London Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Grierson Award

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