Der Nachbar

The Neighbour

Drama | 1992

A Vienna suburb, an old district with dilapidated buildings alongside the city railway tracks. Rudolf Pawlik, an old man, has lived a quiet and happy life here, void of any agitation or danger. But everything changes when his neighbour dies and new tenants move in: Herbert, a small-time crook who likes to act big, Michaela, his young girlfriend from the Czech Republic, and her daughter Anges. Pawlik takes an instant disliking to Herbert, but he falls in love with Michaela at first sight. His feelings turn into an obsession and the friendly old gentleman is now ready to do anything for his love. Herbert is, of course, his enemy and blocks his path at every juncture…
THE NEIGHBOUR is the story of four people, their relationships, their longings and dependencies – all hidden behind a veil of normality, which disintegrates little by little. This is a film about changing emotions – love and money and how they are linked to each other.

Director: Götz Spielmann
Script: Götz Spielmann
D.O.P.: Peter Zeitlinger
Sound: Reinhold Kaiser
Editing: Hubert Canaval
Music: Michael Henning
Production Design: Ernst Wurzer
Costume Design: Susi Heger
Helga Erker-Klein
Make up: Ilse Weisz-Stainer
Michaela Oppl
Producers: Helmut Grasser
Manfred Fritsch
Production Company: Allegro Film
Manfred Fritsch Filmbüro
Cast: Rudolf Wessely
Dana Vavrova
Wolfgang Böck
Hana Cainer u.a.
Technical data: 92 min. / Color / German / 35mm, 1:1,85
Festivals: Festival Int'l de Cine San Sebastian 1992
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema 1992
International Hofer Filmtage 1992
Brüssel Int'l Film Festival 1993
Max Ophüls Preis/ Saarbrücken 1993
Moscow Int'l Film Festiva 1993
Viennale 1993
Awards: Festival Int'l de Cine San Sebastian: "CICAE-Prize", "FIPRESCI-Mention" (for the remarkable construction of an exeptional character)
Festival of first Films Bratislava: Special Prize
Viennale 1993: Viennese Film Award for the best Austrian Movie a.o.
Funds: Austrian Film Institut
ORF Film/Television Agreement

 

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