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Bellaria - As Long As We Live! (Bellaria - so lange wir leben!)

Bellaria - As Long As We Live!
Scene from "Bellaria"

There is a small, inconspicuous cinema in a small side-street in Vienna that seems to have stood still with time. A group of old Ufa film fans meet there on a regular basis, where for a few Schilling they are whisked back to their youth as though in a time machine. The documentary is a discovery trip to a place with morbid charm and portraits the colorful life stories of its comical and eccentric regular guests. Little by little, the film uncovers their true desires: to stop the wheel of time for just a few moments, to hold on to their lost youth and to spit in the face of death one more time - with a lot of heart and Viennese charm.


Douglas Wolfsperger was born in 1957. Active as a writer, producer and director, his films include: LEBE KREUZ UND STERBE QUER (1985), KIES (1986), PROBEFAHRT INS PARADIES (1992), HEIRATE MIR! (1999), BELLARIA - AS LONG AS WE LIVE! (2001), RIDERS OF THE SACRED BLOOD (2003), DID YOU EVER FALL IN LOVE WITH ME? (2005), LONG JOURNEY INTO THE LIGHT (2007), THE DISCARDED FATHER (2008), DOUBLE LIFE (2011), BRUNDIBAR REVISITED (2014), and SCALA ADIEU (2018).
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Douglas Wolfsperger
Screenplay Douglas Wolfsperger
Cinematography Helmut Wimmer
Götz Schuberth
Hans-Juergen Buchner, Haindling
Cast Karl Schoenboeck, Ernst Weizmann, Lady Lips von Lipstrill, The Tenbuss Twins
Producers Douglas Wolfsperger, Martin Dietrich, Dieter Pochlatko
Production Company Douglas Wolfsperger Filmproduktion, in co-production with epo-film/Vienna, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 100 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2002 (opening documentary), Berlin 2002 (special presentation), Diagonale 2002 Graz, Documentary Film Festival Munich 2002 (opening film), Sydney 2002, Karlovy Vary 2002 (in competition), Jerusalem 2002, Monte Carlo 2002, Osnabrueck 2002 (opening film), Chicago 2002 (documentary competition), Ghent 2002, Kiev 2002, MAX! Hong Kong 2003, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003
Awards Grand Prix for Best Documentary Monte Carlo 2002, Silver Plaque Chicago 2002, Grand Prix URTI 2002, Bavaria Film Award 2003 for Best Documentary
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Wiener Film Fonds, Bundeskanzleramt/Kunstsektion
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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