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PRATER

Austria / Germany, 2007 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Ulrike Ottinger

PRATER

Producer Kurt Mayer will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Prater

“Come in, come in!” My Prater is an illusionist's dream, a magician's box, a time machine, a desire device, in which everything is possible.” - filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger

Vienna's Prater is the oldest amusement park in the world. The beguiling images in Ottinger's film provide a giddy ride through the carnival and Vienna's history. We meet carnies and Prater dynasties - like the descendents of the Man Without a Torso, who established several amusement businesses in 1900 that are still operating today, and the Prater fix-it man who diligently repairs broken illusions. By day, children stare wide-eyed at the puppet theatre and, by night, teens descend on Prater's centrifugal rap disco. Reality and illusion, past and present all come together in this spectacular cinematic experience.

D Ulrike Ottinger P Kurt Mayer WS Media Luna L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/104mins

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