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Die VWI Visuals präsentiert in unregelmäßigen Abständen kaum bekannte, vergessene oder kontroversielle filmische Aufarbeitungen, Kommentare und Dokumentationen zum Thema Holocaust. Expertinnen und Experten stellen vor der Vorführung den Film kurz vor, um ihn danach gemeinsam mit anderen Gästen und dem Publikum näher zu diskutieren, in einen Kontext zu stellen. Mit seinem spezifischen Ambiente, seiner cineastischen Patina hat sich bis jetzt das Wiener Admiralkino als idealer Ort für dieses Veranstaltungsformat erwiesen. Mit dem neuen Standort ergibt sich aber auch die Möglichkeit, die Visuals in die Research Lounge des Instituts zu verlagern.



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„Package Tour" (Társasutazás), 1984, Gyula Gazdag, OmeU

Donnerstag, 7. März 2013, 18:30 - 21:00

Admiralkino, 1070 Wien, Burggasse 119


Gyula Gazdag’s Hungarian documentary follows a group of concentration camp survivors on a bus tour that takes them back to Auschwitz. With his emphasis on the passing of time and the transformation of the camp into a tourist attraction, Gazdag seems to be after something other than the usual Holocaust documentary, yet the tales of horror told by the survivors overwhelm his abstract, philosophical perspective, and the end result is a serious and moving film. The "package tour" of the title of this excellent documentary is a trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau by a group made up of concentration camp survivors and a younger generation of their relatives. Interspersed with the tour of both death camps and the reactions and comments of the visitors (no narration is added), is an interview with a woman who could not go on the tour because she needed yet another operation to mend the physical damage she suffered in one of these camps. As a part of her story, she tells of a chilling encounter with a neo-Nazi during one of her hospital stays who flatly states that Hitler "should have finished the job." One of the reasons that „Package Tour“ is effective and eye-opening is just this kind of juxtaposition of ignorance and cruelty versus the harsh truth of historical reality and human suffering.

Gyula Gazdag (UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television) born 1947, writer and director; numerous feature films include »The Whistling Cobblestone« (1971); »The Resolution« (1972) which was named one of the hundred best documentaries of all time by the International Documentary Association, »Lost Illusions« (1983), winner of Best Screenplay at the Hungarian Film Week; »A Hungarian Fairy Tale« (1987), winner of Best Feature Film of the Year of the Hungarian Film Critics and »Stand Off« (1989). He serves as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab.

Followed by a discussion between the director Gyula Gazdag and Frank Stern (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien)

The-Package-Tou Einladung klein package-tour vorschau

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