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DIAGONALE 2015




Filmstill by Virgil Widrich Main Sujet of the Diagonale 2015
staring the grand Delphine Seyrig

After regretting SO much that i was not able to attend last years DIAGONALE in Graz i am stoked about going this year!
My favorite (Austrian) Filmfestival will take place from the 17th of March to the 22nd.

This years festival edition for the last time under direction of Ms. Barbara Pichler promises a variation and some extraordinary surprises. (if one can trust the official press release)
When recently enjoyed his moderation a lot at the Austrian Movie Awards at the Rathaus i am sure will do so again with his new motion picture which will star as opening film this year.


Karl Markovics SUPERWELT.







The Diagonale is conceived as a forum for the presentation and discussion of Austrian cinematic production. 

The goal and task of the Diagonale is a nuanced, multifaceted and critical exploration of Austrian cinema as well as drawing the industry into the media spotlight and thereby into public discourse. 

Accordingly, it is the filmmakers and their works that lie at the heart of the festival, which, by means of a tailored program selection, offers the rare opportunity to become acquainted with Austrian film in all its diversity, to trace current artistic trends and, not least, to make some (re-)discoveries along the way.

Since 1998, the Diagonale has made the city of Graz the film capital of Austria and established it as a hub of the film industry and its spectators. 




official trailer by LUKAS MARXT




Approximately 1,300 accredited industry professionals and 25,000 visitors, including a large number of young filmgoers, gather in the Styrian capital to enjoy the diverse selection of films, the unique festival atmosphere, as well as the talks with distinguished guests and the wide-ranging program features. 

The environmental sustainability initiative of the festival, known as Diagonale Goes Green and successfully launched in 2011, aims to offer an ecological contribution so that environmental awareness and cinematic pleasure go hand in hand.


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take me to church....

... i have been thinking about this post for some time now.
I was not sure if i should really write about a topic that is actually very private and something i have not processed a 100%.

But due to various releases/articles in the last month and the fact that i am currently writing my first book on exactly this subject i had it on my heart to share my thoughts.

Why was/am i still afraid to say my opinion?
Well first of all i grew up in a church called "Freie Christengemeinde Wels" - a pentecostal church which i would say is a bit more "attractive" for younger people and people who are not so fond of the idea of sitting in a cold, old and "traditional" church.

Here in Europe a "pentecostal" church is not something you find on every corner like on the bible belt in the southern states of the USA.
Although the concept of this church is american, coming from the "RHEMA Churches" from Texas(www.rhema.org).

So i grew up in this church with about 200 to 250 members. how should i say... i guess i was always a bit of a dazzling personality.
At some point i didn't want to dress "normal" and i went thought my Hippie, Punk, Goth phase which i thought was great.
Happily my parents where also okay with that. (i would have don't it anyway).
So as i am writing this i can only imagine who will read what i write here. and some of the people who will appear in my book also i am still friends with on facebook and real life.
What is interesting to me is that every time i voice my opinion on the institution i grew up in people get personally offended because i criticize - not their belief - but the way it is brought to them.

For a very long time i was in this system as well but i thank god that through a life changing experience in 2008 i had the courage to say question and say "NO".

I once spoke to a good friend of mine who also grew up in this environment.
She had the courage to leave long time before i did.
"I am very happy that i am not part of this brainwash anymore, but because i was taught nothing else from day one of my life i still have a bad conscious that i left sometime." 

and some weeks later one of my favorite singers at the moment  "Hozier" release his world wide hit "Take me to church".
I could not find and other answer to give my friend(s).





My lover's got humour
She's the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody's disapproval
I should've worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak
She's the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday's getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

'We were born sick, ' you heard them say it

My Church offers no absolutes
She tells me, 'Worship in the bedroom.'
The only heaven I'll be sent to
Is when I'm alone with you—

I was born sick,
But I love it
Command me to be well
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I'm a pagan of the good times
My lover's the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That's a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We've a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am Human
Only then I am Clean
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life


When i saw the video and heard the song for the first time i had tears in my eyes.
I do not understand how people - and i have seen SO many - who are aware of so many topic like politics, gender awareness, art or other "worldly" topics are being crippled by a very simple religious institution.
People who first laid the base for me to say "It is okay to be different" , "It is okay to disagree" are now completely caught in a spiders web of lies, beliefs, etiquettes.






These experiences are why i am writing and voicing my opinions.


I want to finish with the words that my God is a loving god and loves me.
The or any Church does NOT offer you absolution.
It is about relationships and love. Nothing else.


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Der ÖSTERREICHISCHE FILMPREIS 2015

Its a wrap.
The Austrian Movie Awards 2015 are history.
Starting with obvious favorites on to finding "Mundls" Iphone on his empty seat it was a very nice experience and i want to thank ANNA SPANLANG for giving me the opportunity -again- to be part of it!

My Friend Hannah an myself attended the Austrian movie awards last wednesday at the RATHAUS in Vienna.
A beautiful and better location then last year. Who ever has been tot he Rathaus will agree that its probably on of the three best locations to host a Gala.



The 5th Austrian Movie Awards celebrated their "Kindergarten" birthday as the host of the evening KARL MARKOVICS described it.
Humorous as always he led through the evening provoking mr Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (City councillor for cultural affairs) and confronting him to give more sponsored space to people in Film such as studios, offices etc and causing the audience to laugh no only about his kinda funny but not Joke about two goats eating the script of a play. (he brought that one last year as well ;) )



Anyhow it was a great evening - Dressecode Black for almost every guest (which i specially was very happy to see) - with grand talents and talented people.
After wondering around the empty seats looking for the afterparty my friend hannah spotted a "Iphone". It turned out to belong to Karl Merkatz. Who? Well better knows the actor behind the cult figure "Mundl" - no i cant describe what or who "Mundl" is because you would not understand it anyway. sorry but not sorry.

Here is a List of the winners:

Best Film:
DAS FINSTERE TAL

Best Documentary Film:
We come as Friends

Best Short-Film:
Rote Flecken

Best Director:
Andreas ProchaskaDAS FINSTERE TAL

Best Actor:
Murathan Muslu
Risse im Beton

Best Script:
Jessica Hausner
AMOUR FOU

Best Kamera:
Thomas W. Kiennast
DAS FINSTERE TAL
Best Make-up:
Helene Lang, Roman Braunhofer
DAS FINSTERE TAL

Best Musik:
Matthias Weber
DAS FINSTERE TAL

Best Cut:
Karina Ressler
AMOUR FOU

Best Production Design:
Claus Rudolf Amler
AMOUR FOU

Best Sound Design:
Dietmar Zuson, Christof Ebhardt, Tschangis Chahrokh




So that was it.
I want to say something personally and bring to you a Film that was nominated quite often but ended up getting no Award at all.


MACONDOby Sudabei Mortezai

is my personal favorite of 2015



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All eyes on ...

... David Meran.

Whats there to say about this gentle person. Well as so often the first real contact was made over facebook discussing a future project we could do together.

So we let our creative juices flow over a nice steak dinner and - OMG 3 bottles of wine and some homemade Zirbenschnaps haha.
What followed was a very nice evening with a person i can call my new found friend now. David is an amazing person a talented photographer and painter and i am very happy to have met him. I'm sure we will have some great times together and also great projects.

Also from upper Austria (like myself) we talked about world problems, art and our personal development over the last years. From discussing why we hate the word "Heterolike" to what we would do if we got kicked out of the "Cafè Prückel" because kissed in public as a gay couple.



i have the pleasure to introduce my selection of his works here now to you.
Starting with a short film.

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Chef Mark

It was last Thursday when my Facebook-chat let me know with a "blupp blupp" that someone was trying to get in contact with me.
This someone was my friend from Berlin. He let me know that a company he is working for is starting an "Austria" trial.
They are sending so called "Food Boxes" out every week with recipes to try out at home.

Free food? THATS ME! #loveit

So today was the day, at 8 a.m. the delivery guy saw me in underwear and i got my first "FRESH BOX" from HELLO FRESH.
With no time really to think about it i opened the, pretty big, box and started putting everything to its place. The veggies and mild products into the fridge and the herbs in the cupboard.

I was preparing all day for a photo shoot i'm doing together with styling Melina Kutelas for ECLECTIC MAGAZINE so the only time to cook was tonight.

Inside the box you'll find several recipes and the ingredients to them.
I have to say that the packaging is really neat and shit but when i threw out the box and the wrappings i must say that the amount of paper and carton that is wasted with one box would totally influence me ordering these kind of boxes....

For those who know me you know that i NEVER EVER cook by recipe. ever.
Thats why i don't enjoy baking because you kinda have to stick to the instructions of making a cake... not so with cooking.
But this time i decided to follow the instructions closely and make "BEEF STAKE BURGER" wooohiiiiiiooooo yummmyyy!!!


So here we go!
(believe me cooking and taking pictures at the same time - megastruggle)


So i guess the first thing i wanted to do, because as said i NEVER cook in order or with any kind of structure, is to lay out all my ingredients infront of me.




 FIST make your potatoes! They take FOREVER to cook!
I chopped up everything else and threw it in the pan

While doing that and frying your Steak (I like it rare so i only fried it for like 2 min on each side) prepare the bun and the onion gravy.


Because i really like having side-dishes, i think it makes every meal a bit more interesting, i made one of my favorite "salads". I dont have a recipe for this but i chopped up red beetroots, added lemon juice (just two teaspoons) honey (oneteaspoon) sheep-cheese and pepper.



aaaaaaand here you go :) SO YUMMY! (really good in summer to!)


So my Potato wedges are ready and i prepared the burger.
I sprinkled some parmesan over the burger and wedges. Why? cause putting parmesan over something is never a bad idea :) 






I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at food you can not eat of the screen ;)

to get the recipe simply click HERE


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YOUKI WORKSHOP - THE FACES





So today i was asked to hold a workshop at the YOUKI FILMFESTIVAL today in Wels.
Wels is where i spent most of my childhood and it was quite interesting coming back to this city and this festival which i visited while i went to "Hauptschule" here.



Hey guys this is just to show you what we did during our Workshop at the YOUKI FESTIVAL in Wels!
On this picture you see little Rhabarbi and me (we were the first to take the picture cause the others were to shy ;) ).



So guys meet Ana(13) and Ramona(13) from Wels.

Ramona loves to shop and likes sketching fashion in her free time.
Once she is done with school she wants to pursue being a nurse at a mental health facility in Linz.
Why? because this kind of work fascinates her and she can imagine having a lot of fun there.



This is Joan (15).
Creativity, fashion, film and music are the main interests of this young man from Thalheim.
He came to YOUKI FILMFESTIVAL to share and get inspired by the people working and organizing this event.

A 9 to 5 office job is not what he wants to do for living because he needs the exchange and the input from others and connecting with new people around the globe.


here you see Anna (with two "n"), this amazing talent wants to study photography and coming to YOUKI was on her Bucket list because she also is working on her documentation on Anorexia.

If she isn't taking photos and filming she likes Hip-Hop dance and enjoys making pencil sketches.






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