Urban Comedies: Gifted
Gerold Plassek is anything but a do gooder. A journalist with a regional newspaper in St. Pölten and a confirmed cynic, he never does more than the minimum necessary. He spends his sizeable amounts of free time getting drunk with like minded friends at his favourite pub - until two unexpected and initially unwelcome events put an end to Gerold's lethargy and perpetual misery. First, he becomes responsible overnight for Manuel, the 14 year old son of an old friend while the friend is overseas working for Doctors without Borders. Secondly, and even more seriously, an anonymous well-wisher donates large sums of money to precisely the charitable organisation that Gerold's newspaper articles are looking into. And his acquaintanceship with Manuel's quick witted teacher Rebecca calls into question all the arrogant indifference he has cultivated over the years.
A Dance to Remembrance
Hartmut fights against his wife's Alzheimer's with every fibre of his being. He's ready to defy the odds and play his most unexpected card. As Erika comes back to her senses when listening to Disco music, he decides to bring their flat back into the seventies. This idea divides opinions and brings old family secrets back to light. But it's a risk he is ready to take to hold the true love of his life in his arms once more.
Old but Polt
In the sixth film adaptation of Alfred Komarek's book series, the former police inspector Simon Polt may be retired, but he is definitely still alive. Polt mixes with the winegrowers' crowd. Every first Sunday of the month, he invites them for a friendly get-together in his wine press house. After their Sunday gathering, the walk home by night through the Kellergasse goes terribly wrong. The next day, when Polt finds out about these events, he is once again faced with a mysterious crime to solve. But he wants the truth, now more than ever. Polt hasn't changed one bit.
Vals, ein abgeschlossenes Tal in Nordtirol, 1944/45.
Eine junge selbstbewusste Frau, Rosa, kann sich ein Leben außerhalb des Tales nicht vorstellen, denn hier sieht sie ihr Glück. Naturkatastrophen, Verrat und die Auswirkungen des 2. Weltkriegs stellen genau jenes Glück in Frage. Die Kräfte des Tales scheinen sich gegen sie zu wenden...
Hergestellt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
Dramatic Hunt (Rosaria 3)
During shooting practice in the Woods, 13-year-old Franzi overestimates his abilities and doesn't confidently hit the empty wine bottle as usual - he hits his grandfather. Shocked, Franzi runs away and doesn't have the courage to confide in anyone. When Anton Wolf dies two days later, without having revealed the facts, a dramatic course of action unfolds: almost all the villagers suspect Franz Wolf of having shot his father during an argument; they go on a veritable witch hunt against him, a serious trial for Franz and his wife Irene. When Josef, Franz's brother, returns to the village, he seems to be the only one who believes in his brother's innocence.
The Silence That Follows
Paula Rohm receives an alarming telephone call. Shots have been fired at the school that her children, Felix and Flora, attend. There have been deaths. At the school Paula and her husband Michael, realize that their son Felix is the perpetrator, and was himself his final victim. The world of the wealthy Rohm family falls apart. The more the truth comes to light, the more clearly each family member recognises their own part in Felix's terrible choice.
My Wife, a stranger
Upon leaving a coffeehouse, outpatient nurse Maria Hofer is hit by a car in the street and seriously injured. When Maria wakes up from a coma, she fails to recognize her husband Bruno and their two children. The only witness is Lukas Horvath, who does not reveal in his testimony that he had a date with his mistress Maria in the coffeehouse. During the reconstruction of the day of the accident Bruno discovers a time gap. Where was Maria between her last patient visit and the accident? The events come thick and fast. Will Maria regain her memory -- and can Bruno save their family life?
Irene's Dark Secret (Rosaria 2)
Young Irene has just been elected vice-mayor of three consolidated communities. When the sitting mayor dies in a car accident immediately after the election, she assumes his duties on an interim basis. Many villagers are upset because Irene has very unconventional ideas for the administration. When chef Paul Berger wants to reopen an old village inn and Irene's brother Georg wants to work there, Irene is also vehemently opposed to the inn project. Old wounds of the past break open and a dark secret slowly comes to light.
When Summer Ends
Ben is a cheerful, newly enamoured adolescent who just passed his final exams and graduated from high school. His mother Sylvia is deep in love with her new boyfriend Wolfgang. Ben never met his real father, but he knows from his mother that he is the result of a wonderful Interrail-romance. Everything seems to be perfectly fine until Ben accidentally finds an obituary in the waste bin. The decedent is his already presumed dead grandfather. Ben feels betrayed and attends the funeral against his mother's will. There he finally discovers a great family secret - his father is still alive! But what is even more shocking to Ben is discovering his mother's pregnancy was caused by rape.
Rosaria, an Italian teacher, loses her entire family in a major earthquake. To get over the trauma, she travels to the Austrian countryside with her pupils. There the beautiful Italian woman immediately arouses the interest of brothers Josef and Franz. When Rosaria and Josef fall in love with one another shortly afterwards, her decision not to return to her homeland, but instead to stay with Josef, meets with disapproval from his brother, Franz. Serious family conflicts and hostilities within the village community threaten to destroy the new beginning that Rosaria had hoped for and the love between her and Josef.
Swim For Your Life
Ilayda, a 17-year old Turkish schoolgirl, lives with her very well integrated family in a foreign country. Since the death of her father, she herself has focused heavily on her religion and is wearing a headscarf again. As a result she is becoming increasingly isolated from her class at school. She is a keen swimmer and secretly pursues her passion at night-time in the school's swimming pool. When her sports teacher, Martha, becomes aware of this, she tries to bring Ilayda back into the class community through the school's swimming team. The problem is that she would have to take off her headscarf and burka and swim in an ordinary swimming costume for the competition ...
The Way You Are
Following the send-off on her last working day, callous judge Helene Offer, under the influence of alcohol, causes a car accident with grave consequences.To save her reputation, she takes care of the victim's daughter, Michalina, who suffers from Down syndrome. With her spontaneity and warmth, Michalina turns Helene's lonesomelife upside down and has her reconsidering her relationship with her estranged son Rupert. And the young woman needs help with an impossible plan. She wants to marry her boyfriend, Sebastian,who also suffers from Down syndrome. And that is legally impossible. Helene attends to the matter and against official and family resistance attempts to make possible a church wedding for the unusual couple. Through her commitment to Michalina, Helene finds an unexpected way back to her son Rupert.
Into the Future, Bravely
All their private and commercial aspirations, hopes and plans in mind, three families - working class, estate holding aristocrats and Jewish factory owners - make a new start into the »modern times« of the fledgling Second Austrian Republic in the early fifties. What does this second republic have in store? As people start to rearrange their lives, a new generation is born.
Welcome in Vienna
A touching and thrilling adventure based on true events, this three-part-tv-series chronicles the escapes of several Jewish refugees from Nazi-turned Austria and their perilous journeys across the globe to America. As they struggle to come to terms with their new situations some challenge their luck abroad, while others find their destiny by returning to a very different Austria they left behind years ago.
Four years have passed since Ernst, Ludwig and Adrian ended their futile search for their fathers with the conclusion: «We're all brothers anyway». In the meantime, Ernst separated from Iris and has become a famous TV chef. Ludwig runs a successful up-market pub in which Adrian is helping out. As Ludwig and Iris fall in love and Adrian begins to write a novel about the search for their father emotional turmoil ensues
Adrian, Ernst and Ludwig are brothers - and as different as night and day. Adrian, is a nurse, living together with his male lover. Ernst is a highly decorated chef, struggling to save his marriage. And Ludwig has gone off the rails serving yet another prison sentence. As their mother dies they discover that they each have a different father. Together they set out on a quarrelsome journey across Europe to find them.
Family law judge Sabine has kept away from her hometown and its dark memories since her mother's death - until her former love Leonard asks her to return for their high school reunion. The gathering is already in full swing when Sabine arrives and her friend Mia greets her with a heartfelt welcome. The former schoolmates update each other on the latest news, exchange memories, laugh, drink. Sabine quite unexpectedly finds herself enjoying the party, except for one drop of bitterness: Leonard isn't there. Suddenly, the mayor, Ferdinand, receives a phone call. Leonard's daughter has disappeared without a trace. Sabine, accompanied by Mia and Ferdinand, drives to Leonard's house where she faces him for the first time after all these years: Leonard and his wife, both wracked by immeasurable despair. Sabine feels helpless and wants to return home, but Leonard persuades her to stay, if not for him, then at least to offer moral support for his wife. Sabine finally consents but has a terrible suspicion about Leonard's daughter; and a quick trip for a class reunion turns into an unexpectedly long stay in her old hometown, a journey into Sabine's past where she has to confront her worst nightmare.
Home for Sale
Max Höllerer, the owner of the Alpine hotel Edelweiss, finds himself in hot water. An international tourism company has taken over the insolvent hotel and plans to turn the idyllic family establishment into a modern health spa. Everything appears to be going perfectly, the pre-contracts have been signed and staff member Sarah Sand has been asked by her boss to convince Max to stay on as manager of the new hotel. He continually refuses and tries everything possible to keep the family stablishment in its original condition, much to the displeasure of the local mayor, farmers and business people, who think the project will be a money spinner. As Max and Sarah get to know each other better and Max learns that his best friend is caught up in the whole business, the mood in the village begins to change - one or more snags have obviously been overlooked. Sarah also begins to have her concerns. The investors, meanwhile, have brought forward their plans to have the property surveyed in order to seal the deal. Can Max and Sarah turn the tables?
Hemma, Roland and Stefano are all searching in their own particular way for the meaning of life. While Roland restores his dream car, Giulia Super, Hemma is searching, through photography, for a deeper meaning to her existence. The Italian Stefano runs his own restaurant - but is this the right thing for him?
These three lonely individuals are torn between their feelings of friendship for each other and the haunting question of their existence. But when the mysterious Guilia suddenly appears one day, everything changes in an instant. She brings a sense of vitality back into their lives and together they decide to travel with the restored Guilia Super to their various places of birth. The journey takes them back to their families in Tyrol, Italy and Germany and a past which they had long ago left behind. Slowly Hemma, Roland and Stefano begin to recognise their purpose in life and when Giulia, who it turns out is not from this world, departs, they are left with a sense of closeness that they had never thought possible. Full of tranquillity and melancholy, Giulia Super is a parable of life.
Joined in Love
Vreni and Sali were made for each other. However, a dispute between their fathers over a patch of farm land has far-reaching consequences, tearing the lovers apart. Only when both families have been destroyed do Vreni and Sali seem to have found their window of opportunity to live out their love - even if its only for one night...
Jojo, an 18 year-old bicycle messenger, left home and came to Vienna looking for a life of excitement, freedom and independence in the big city. When cool Bernd sends Jojo to deliver a letter with a rose attached to beautiful Clarissa he becomes the regular postillon damour between the two, falls in love with Clarissa while at the same time striking up a friendship with smooth-talking Bernd, whom he admires. Just when Jojo has decided to get his emotional life together, Clarissas father chases him out of the house with a shotgun. And when Jojo goes to tell Bernd what happened, sitting there on the couch is some battered thug Bernd has beat half to death in self-defense. Chase scenes, beatings, betrayal and crime - Jojo will have to take a few more hard knocks - literally speaking - before he can get himself out of the predicament his naiveté has gotten him into.
Andreas Hofer - The Liberty of the Eagle
In 1805 Napoleon emerges victorious from the Battle of Austerlitz, defeating the Russian and Austrian troops. Tyrol had to be handed over to Napoleon. Andreas Hofer and Joachim Haspinger travel to Vienna to Archduke Johann to ask him to bring his influence to bear for Tyrol's sake where all privileges and long-standing rights its people enjoy have been snatched away. The Archduke promises to lend his support. Full of courage and hope and driven by Haspinger, a fundamentalist Capuchin priest who favours using any means necessary to combat the enemy, the peace loving freedom fighter Andreas Hofer finds himself swept up in a daring adventure: a war against Napoleon.
The Black Lion
The down and out football club of a small village rockets into the big leagues thanks to the help of a group of talented African refugees. After overcoming athletic differences and human prejudices, the Nigerian footballers become pillars of the village team. When notices of deportation suddenly arrive, the coach, team and villagers unite to fight for the rights of their three »Black Lions«.
A Heaven for Pets
Thomas Donnhofer is about to realize his dream of his own wellness spa. However, at second glance, he seems less lucky: His marriage has fallen to pieces, and his 14-year-old daughter is more willful than ever on the summer vacation they spend together. But suddenly their lives change completely within a few days. Thomas meets Bettina, a veterinarian, and his daughter breaks into the building of a pharmaceutical testing institution in order to free the stricken animals. The stylish hotel becomes a pet asylum and Donnerhofer is transformed into an advocate for animals' right to live the way intended by nature.
The First Day
A warm summer night. At 4am a monitoring station registers an absurdly high level of radioactivity - probably an error. But before long, the report of an accident comes from an atomic power station close to the border: minor amounts of radioactivity have leaked out. However, the indications that it concerns an accident of previously unseen proportions soon intensify: high contamination of vehicles coming from the neighbouring country is reported and contamination monitoring stations reveal increased levels after a storm - radioactive fallout! The population is alerted to stay indoors. People have to face their worst fears, crops and livestock are forever lost. But then at 4.20pm the situation gets even worse: the reactor is out of control! At least 40,000 people have to be evacuated and a race against time and the approaching storm front begins...
After three years of intensive therapy, the 37-year-old prison psychotherapist Michael Trenk is convinced that his patient Cornelia Steinweg is ready for the outside world. In spite of objections from his colleagues, he engineers Cornelia's early release from prison. While Michael has already turned his mind to new tasks, Cornelia keeps popping up at every turn. In the beginning he finds the attentions of his former patient flattering: However, he soon becomes annoyed when she begins demanding more and more attention. Michael recognises that he was wrong to recommend Cornelia's release. But now his professional career and the lives of his wife and child are at stake.
The family gets on well by suppressing the dark past, until Anna introduces her boyfriend Sid. Sid is a Jew, and his grandfather owned the Dorfmeister's house until his property was confiscated. Anna and Sid are made to feel the full force of Vera's dislike of Jews. Isolde finally breaks off with her parents. And Erich begins to question his relationship with his wife. For Vera, rethinking is not possible.
The Prince of Her Dreams
Theo Bretterer has everything that a man could wish for: money, success, standing and a family. There's only one thing that the 50 year old lacks - youth. In no time Theo begins to makes some changes in his life, buying a Harley Davidson and beginning an affair with a young bartender. He realizes too late that his actions have cost him the most important thing in his life - his family.
My Beautiful Daughter
The 17-year old Gilda has the mind of a child in a mature and very feminine body. She suffers from «frozen development», a condition due to a trauma following the death of her mother in an accident which Gilda has caused. Since then her father has strictly isolated the girl from the outside world. But things turn complicated, when Gilda falls in Love.
The Friend's Writing
She is deaf to the warnings of her colleague Jussuf, and sees Haugsdorffs loudly expressed concern about it as unjustified and driven by pure jealousy. Then suddenly Hikmet disappears.
A Heaven for Horses
Thomas Donnhofer's heaven for pets has turned into a therapeutic center for horses. Veterinarian Bettina Kern, who Thomas is madly in love with, energetically supports him with the project of his dreams. Life gets even better when Bettina finds out about her pregnancy. But fate takes a brutal turn when she suffers a miscarriage and subsequently falls into a deep psychological crisis. She starts doubting the sincerity of Thomas' affection towards her and leaves the farm in a heated argument. To make matters even worse, Donnhofer's future is endangered when a large hotel chain shows interest in buying the farm - under any circumstance.
Daniel Käfer and the Shadow Clock
Because of low professonial and financial future perspectives the journalist and former chief-editor Daniel Käfer has to finish his downtime in the Ausseerland. With a heavy heart he goes about taking serious steps for a professional restart in Munich, but his journey already ends in Hallstatt, where the fateful encounter with Gerd Gamsjäger - who could be seen as his younger alter ego - triggers dramatic events. Käfer's relationship to the beautiful sights and historical background of the Salzkammergut intensifies in an ominous way. Gerd tempts him spontaneously to some extraordinary activities like paragliding and an adventurous excursion in the famous glacial caves, where Käfer's levity and high spirits lead to an accident in which Gerd is seriously injured and almost dies. Stricken by guilt and under the spell of Gerd's mother who wants to use him for her own purposes, Käfer gets into further trouble. Based on a dubious treasure map, he takes naïve initiatives to start digging for a mummy in a salt mine, but the undertaking is suddenly hyped by an unscrupulous tourist-manager and ends up in a spectacular row. Too late Käfer has doubts about the authenticity of the document.
On the Road to Santiago - Brothers III
Adrian is getting into a veritable existential crisis. He decides to set out for Santiago de Compostela on foot to come to terms with himself and sort things out. Against Adrian's will, not least for fears about his brother, Ludwig joins the pilgrimage.
Ernst, who first wouldn't even dream of joining, feels impelled to leave Vienna for some time in the wake of a scandal he has caused. Far from being a pious undertaking at first, the voyage repeatedly breaks up old conflicts between the brothers, who cannot let go of each other in spite of everything that has happened.
Paradise in the Mountains
Katja is the chief editor at a Leipzig newspaper. Her husband Erik is a successful lawyer. But their domestic harmony has been troubled for some time now. Their busy career schedules leave them little time to care for their son Christopher who, feeling neglected, has developed breathing problems. After a serious respiratory attack Katja realises that she must take Christopher to the mountains in Austria. When Erik shows up with news that he has been offered a job in Prague, intending to present his family with a fait accompli, a fight breaks out. Unnoticed by his parents, Christopher, who has heard every word of the argument, runs into the forest. A search party is formed to find him.
The Healer 1
She has not made use of her gift for a long time, especially in order to avoid compromising her husband Rudi, the local doctor of a small mountain village in Tyrol. Against her own determination and much to the dismay of Rudi, she decides to apply her special gift to helping a sick man for the first time in years, meeting with more than praise and recognition.
This Time For Sure
Max is an aspiring legal eagle, but now his world is on the brink of collapse, when Gabi, who runs a tavern in the Prater park, shows up at his engagement party and introduces herself as his real mother. Max is deeply shocked. Instead of taking over his father’s posh law offices, Max leaves to open his own practice far from his family’s luxury villa. He begins to find a new life, new friends and new love between the Prater tavern, ships on the Danube and the horse racetrack. But his influential father is not going to stand by and let Max go just like that. The situation explodes when the two meet as opponents in court and in life.
Felice - Heiress With a Heart
Felice Frank, a bookseller from Vienna, engages in a brief affair with Alexander Helsing. When Alexander suddenly disappears, Felice is left alone pregnant with her daughter Lilli, whom she raises on her own. To her utmost surprise ten years
later, she hears that Alexander has died in a car accident. The story takes a surprising turn when Helsing's last will is read ...
Dinner For Two
When your children grow up and begin to embark upon their adult lives, when your husband suddenly hits his mid-life crisis head-on and your bank account is in a state of emergency, its «Dinner for Two» to the rescue. For Steffi and Sophie, two housewives, starting their own exclusive catering business is a lifelong dream come true. But first everything seems to go wrong, until the two friends find themselves face to face with the problems they were trying to run away from in the first place.
The Healer 2
Halfried's daughter Marion, a doctor like her father, tries to strike roots again in her homeland. She still suffers after the breakup from her husband Thomas, but now finds some relief in the arms of Christopher, a doctor from the area. Marion is insecure about a possible future for their affair. Only Laura knows for sure: Christoph is the wrong man for her mother! Laura does not hide her opinion on that matter, thereby causing the relationship to her mother to suffer. Laura has always had a rather weird personality, but lately she has been increasingly slipping into her own world, far away from the people around her. When Marion suddenly becomes seriously ill, grandmother, mother and granddaughter are being put to the test.
Slap in the Face
Friedrich's day starts out with a slap in his face. His wife Margarete insists he has been unfaithful to her, adding that she knew this from a dream. Unsurprisingly, he lacks concentration during his early-morning tennis game. He misses the ball, fails to return it properly and nearly provokes a traffic accident, causing a shock to the driver - Ferdinand, a high school teacher. Ferdinand is so upset that he vents his anger by making three students fail their exam. Oliver, one of the three unlucky fellows, has had it and decides to run away from home. Incidentally, Oliver is the son of Friedrich and Margarete, whose slap in the face has triggered a whole series of fateful events that eventually make things come to a head...