Vienna before nightfall
"Vienna Before Night" is an essayistic journey through time by French documentary filmmaker Robert Bober. He explores a Vienna that had a different meaning about 100 years ago. It is the time from the end of the k. u. k. Monarchy until Austria's annexation by National Socialist Germany. It is the time when Vienna was still considered the cultural capital of Europe, when Vienna was still home to a large Jewish community.
Through this history, Bober undertakes a very personal examination of the city of Vienna and its Jewish life before the Shoa. An imperfect but poetic reconstruction of historical Vienna preserves the time and circumstances from oblivion and at the same time shows that memory is only possible in this way: as an approach to the past that does not cover up the disappearance or the absent, but keeps it as such in consciousness and reflects on it.
© Les Films du Poisson, KGP Filmproduktion, Riva Filmproduktion GmbH
World premiere: FID Marseille 2016 (Marseille, France)
FID Marseille (Marseille, France)
FILMFEST HAMBURG (Hamburg, Germany)
Etats généraux du documentaire (Lussas, France)
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival (Jerusalem, Israel)