Dog Days

Drama | 2001

It’s a hot and stifling weekend in the suburbs of Vienna somewhere between the autobahn and the exit roads, the hypermarkets and new housing estates. During these dog days of summer, six interwoven stories unfold, revealing a world of disillusionment and lonely souls. While the days are lazy and melancholic, spent lunging in underpants and bikinis; the nights, steeped in alcohol, sex and songs unleash a fury of violence and raw emotions. With no respite from the oppressive heat, tension builds and tempers rise to an atmosphere of seething aggression. This is life at its most vulnerable and intimate.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl
Veronika Franz
D.O.P.: Wolfgang Thaler
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung
Editing: Andrea Wagner
Christof Schertenleib
Music: Gerhard Jäger
Production Design: Andreas Donhauser
Renate Martin
Costume Design: Sabine Volz
Make up: Sabine Volz
Casting: Markus Schleinzer
Eva Roth
Producers: Helmut Grasser
Philippe Bober
Production Company: Allegro Film
The Coproduction Office
Cast: Alfred Mrva
Maria Hofstätter
Georg Friedrich
Christine Jirku
Viktor Hennemann
Claudia Martini
Viktor Rathbone u.v.m.
Technical data: 121 min. / Color / German / 35mm, 1:1.66, Dolby Digital SR
Festivals: Venice Int'l Film Festival 2001 - in competition
Göteborg Int'l Film Festival
Sydney Int'l Film Festival
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
Mar del Plata
New York Film Festival
Montreal Nouveau a.o.
Awards: Venice Int'l Film Festival 2001: Grand Jury Prize
Cannes 2001: Grand Jury Special Prize
Gijon 2001: Best Feature Film, Special Jury Award for Maria Hofstätter
Bratislava 2001: Best Director + FIPRESCI prize
Porto 2002: Special Jury Award
Bergen 2002: Best Film
Funds: Austrian Film Institute
Vienna Film Fund
ORF Film/Television Agreement
Cultural Department State of Lower Austria
World sales: The Coproduction Office
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