If the ruthless Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) is considered, today, almost a myth, it is mainly thanks to the Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. An actor carefully chosen by Tarantino himself, who with skill and irony has entered the hearts of viewers. But how did Tarantino realise that Waltz was the right actor to play his Hans Landa?
The flat in which the two protagonists live is the perfect setting. A small, sometimes cramped environment. The ideal environment for all kinds of paranoia. The silence in the house, the night, the soft lighting do the rest. And the director in The Washing Machine showed above all that he knows how to deal with space and how to convey the right emotions perfectly – thanks also to an excellent cast. Winner of the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 for Best Short Film.
Among the most awarded films during this year’s Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 was The Trouble with being born, directed by Sandra Wollner in 2020, which won prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Makeup and Best Sound. Equally satisfying came for director Evi Romen: her film Why not you won Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Actor in a Leading Role (young and talented Thomas Prenn).
It is based on a real-life news story 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. In the film – which is divided into five chapters, each concerning a particular day – everything takes place from October 12 to December 23, 1993. Everything leads up to a single event in which all the characters will be involved in one way or another. But how important is the human being in this feature film by Michael Haneke?