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It happened just before

a film by Anja Salomonowitz

DOCUMENTARY | 2006 | Austria | 72 min | German | Color | 35mm

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“It happened just before” is an artistic confrontation with the global phenomenon of trafficking in women. Anja Salomonowitz has chosen an unusual approach to the theme: her film is based on real narratives by women who were the objects of trafficking which were then re-worked into a documentary screenplay by the director. The stories are not retold by actresses but by people who have a direct relationship to events and places in the film: a customs officers, a village inhabitant, a bar-keeper in a bordello, a woman diplomat and a taxi driver. A film about false promises, exploitation and disappointment.
Cast: Rainer Halbauer, Otto Pikal, Anna Sparer, Leopold Sobotka, Mag.Gertrud Tauchhammer

Director: Anja SalomonowitzScreenplay: Anja SalomonowitzCamera: Jo MolitorisEditing: Fédéric Fichefet, Gregor WilleMusic: Florian Richling und David SalomonowitzSound: Eric SpitzerArt Direction: Yindra SoukupProduction Management: Karin BerghammerKey-Gaffer: Vladimir Bilic
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Funding: Filmfonds Wien, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, IF Innovative Film, Land Niederösterreich
Prizes:

Internationales Forum des Jungen Filmes - Caligari Preis
Viennale 2007 - Wiener Film Preis
Cinéma du Réel 2007 - Mention vom Comité des Bibliothèques
Mar del Plata 2007 - Artistic Innovation Award
Diagonale 2007 – Beste Kamera
Alba Film Festival 2007 - "New Vision Best Director Award"

Nominiert zum Baden-Württembergischen Dokumentarfilm 2007 (Preisverleihung am 21. Juni 2007)



Festivals:
Viennale 2006 - Oktober 2006
Internationales Forum des Jungen Filmes, Berlinale 2007 - 08. - 18. Februar 2007
Cinéma du Réel - 09. 18. März 2007
Mar del Plata International Film Festival - 08. - 18. März 2007
Diagonale 2007 - 19.-25. März 2007
Alba Film Festival - 29. März bis 04. April 2007
Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund – 13. – 23. April 2007
IndieLisboa - Lisbon International Independent Film Festival – 19. – 19. April 2007
Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino, FEMINA 2007 (Rio de Janeiro) – 7. Bis 13. Mai 2007
Jerusalem International Film Festival – 5. -14. Juli 2007
Wroclaw ERA NEW HORIZON (Polen) - 19. - 29. Juli 2007
Vancouver Film Festival – 27. Sepember – 12. Oktober 2007
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent – 9. – 20. Oktober 2007
30th NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL- Grimstad Juni 14 - 19 2007 (parallel program)
Freiburger Filmwoche 15.-20.Mai 2007
Paris Cinema - 3. bis 14. Juli 2007
15th International Film Festival Artfilm Trencin/Trencianske Teplice, Slovak republic - 22 - 30 Juni 2007
ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic- 5 - 13 März 2008 
FIDMarseille - Marseille International Documentary Film Festival - 4 – 9 Juli 2007




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Anja Salomonowitz, who studied film in Vienna and Berlin makes political documentaries on the borders between fiction and documentation. Her works have received international recognition: her last film “You will never understand this” was awarded the "Prix Regards Neufs" at the prestigious documentary film festival "Visions du Réel" in Nyon and is being shown at numerous film festivals




www.anjasalomonowitz.com/


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