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Prater

Prater
Scene from "Prater" (photo © Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion)

Vienna’s Prater is an amusement park and a desire machine. No mechanical invention, no novel idea or sensational innovation could escape incorporation into the Prater. The diverse story-telling in Ulrike Ottinger’s film Prater transforms this place of sensations into a modern cinema of attractions. The Prater’s history from the beginning to the present is told by its protagonists and those who have documented it, including contemporary cinematic images of the Prater, interviews with carnies, commentary by Austrians and visitors from abroad, film quotes, and photographic and written documentary materials. The meaning of the Prater, its status as a place of technological innovation, and its role as a cultural medium are reflected in texts by Elfriede Jelinek, Josef von Sternberg, Erich Kaestner and Elias Canetti, as well as in music devoted to this amusement venue throughout the course of its history.


Hanne Lassl

Ulrike Ottinger was born in Constance in 1942 and studied Art in Munich from 1959-1961. She lived in Paris from 1962, working as a freelance artist and photographer. She has been living in Berlin since 1973 and is a member of the Academy of Arts and the European Film Academy in Berlin. Active as a writer, director and camerawoman, a selection of her films includes: LAOKOON & SONS (1973), MADAME X - AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1977), TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979), FREAK ORLANDO (1980), DORIAN GRAY IN THE MIRROR OF THE YELLOW PRESS (1984), CHINA. THE ARTS - THE PEOPLE (1985), JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989), TAIGA (1992), EXILE SHANGHAI (1997), SOUTHEAST PASSAGE (2002), TWELVE CHAIRS (2004), PRATER (2007), THE KOREAN WEDDING CHEST (2008), and UNDER SNOW (2011), among others.
Genre Culture
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Directors Hanne Lassl, Ulrike Ottinger
Screenplay Ulrike Ottinger
Cinematography Ulrike Ottinger
Bettina Blickwede
Klaus Kellermann
Producer Ulrike Ottinger
Production Company Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Kurt Mayer Film/Vienna, WDR
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2007 (Forum), Mar del Plata 2007, Melbourne 2007, Cracow 2008
With backing from ORF, Filmfonds Wien

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