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IN MEMORIAM RICHARD WADANI

Today we mourn the loss of Richard Wadani. Richard was a fighter for freedom throughout his life.He opposed the Nazi regime and was, unfortunately, one of the very few who refused to serve in the weapon of the terrorist regime.That makes him a role model for all of us. Today more than ever! Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

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PRODUCTION STATUS

Talk to Me – The Series

Thanks to the support of many, including the Indiegogo – donations, the financing of the series is almost closed. Due to the current situation we have therefore decided to start the production with the preparation work, the editing of the dialogue sequences and the research for the historic aspects. We plan to shoot the missing sequences in the autumn, by which the Corona Lockdown should be overcome. We are optimistic to have a closed financing by then.

Documentary film

The postproduction works for the documentary film will be finished by end of May. The film will be released with the German title “Der Schönste Tag” (The most beautiful day). We are still negotiating with distributors, but the timing for the release is a mess due to COVID-19. Right now all film premiers are delayed, most festivals are canceled or postponed. We will schedule our premiere carefully.

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Anneliese & Helena Reischl

A 12 year old and a 92 year old – the pairing with the biggest age difference. Ms. Reisch comes from a small Czech town near the Waldviertel border and belonged to a German language group. At the end of the war she flees to Salzburg together with her father where she still lives today. Linguistic affiliation shapes their lives and this conversation makes it very clear how hard it may be for the audience to reflect this time towards the end of their lives. The 12 year old is our youngest conversation partner, her direct and unbiased approach to ask questions is almost refreshing, especially how she succeeds in never doubting the love of her great-grandmother.

Historical focus: South Bohemia, Upper Austria, Salzburg, language border, linguistic affiliation, Sudeten Germans, Czech Republic

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Austria

Heinz Fischer was born on October 9th, 1938 in Graz, Styria. He took office as President of Austria on 8 July 2004 and was re-elected for a second and last term on 25 April 2010, leaving office on 8 July 2016. As a young lawyer he uncovered in 1965 the political scandal of the anti-Semitic professor Taras Borodajkewycz at the Vienna University of World Trade.

Franz Vranitzky (born on October 4th, 1937) is an Austrian politician. A member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), he was Chancellor of Austria from 1986 to 1997. On 8 July 1991 Vranitzky he acknowledged a share in the responsibility for “the pain brought, not by Austria as a state, but by citizens of this country, upon other people and peoples”, thereby departing from the hitherto official portrayal of Austria as “Hitler’s first victim.”

Both, Vranitzky and Fischer, appear in our film contributing important views on Austria’s political development after WWII.

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