On the occasion of the 24th Diagonale in Graz, the Franz Grabner Award, consisting of €5,000 each, was awarded today in the categories of film documentary and TV documentary. The award was established by the Grabner family, AAFP, Film Austria, ORF and the Diagonale in memory of ORF journalist Franz Grabner (1955-2015). The prize is awarded for the filmmakers’ ethically and morally responsible and credible approach to their works.
In Highfalutin, the protagonists’ stories seem almost like a nostalgic stream of consciousness. A stream of consciousness that captures our attention from the very first minutes and immediately makes us feel part of their world. And so, the great Volker Spengler immediately becomes a familiar figure for us. A kind of old friend we immediately become fond of. At the Diagonale’21.