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© Jakob Wiessner

A revolution breaks out, caused by a financial crisis, business intrigues and corresponding natural disasters. Alexander flees from the uprising in the capital to Uncle Vanya’s farm in the countryside. There, Alexander and his beautiful wife Elena cause further chaos with Alexander’s business ideas. Will Vanya and Sonja manage to protect their farm from the outrage of capitalism?

Following her award-winning adaptation of Schnitzler’s FRÄULEIN ELSE, writer-director Anna Martinetz has returned to literature for her contemporary interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya. By combining documentary elements with Chekhov’s original dialogues, Martinetz shows that the clash of generations and ideologies is as topical today as it was more than 100 years ago in pre-revolutionary Russia. Reasons for economic and financial crises become apparent through the inclusion of real-life telephone and email correspondence from the 2008 financial crisis, while the challenges faced by a landowner like Uncle Vanya are underscored through interviews with today’s sustainable farming community.

Anna Martinetz was born in 1978 in Vienna/Austria and studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University as well as Film Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her documentary EDNA - A NANNY IN HONG KONG (2012) was nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award, her documentary MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN HEAVEN (2009) for the Unicato Film Award. Her documentary STADTUTOPIEN ODER DIE LEGENDE VON SYNIA (2005) won the Best Newcomer Film Award at the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film. She also directed the shorts CHUKKA (2003) and DORIS DÖRRIE INSZENIERT MOZART (2006).
Genre Drama, Literature, Theater
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Anna Martinetz
Screenplay Anna Martinetz
Cinematography Jakob Wiessner
Cast Martin Butzke, Korinna Krauss, Manuel Rubey, Julia Dietze, Michael Kranz, Wolfgang Hübsch, Katalin Zsigmondy, Doris Buchrucker
Producers Ina Mikkat, Ben Brummer
Production Company NoMa Filmproduktion, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 134 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Kolkata 2017, Diagonale 2018
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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