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Backstage Vienna State Opera

AT 2019, 94 min, Stephanus Domanig

Accompanied by Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” workers rise from the understage to set up the world that is a stage. These men and women toil in shifts from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Vienna State Opera, sometimes making a thundering racket in the empty theater and then working as quietly as possible to avoid disturbing rehearsals or performances. They’re vital to the operation of one of the largest opera houses in the world.

Stephanus Domanig’s film BACKSTAGE VIENNA STATE OPERA takes a look behind the scenes at this cultural institution, portraying the variety of work done there, most of it invisible, that enables the world-renowned singers, conductors and musicians to delight their audience. The film focuses on the employees behind, next to and underneath the stage who keep the huge, complex operation going. And there’s a considerable number of them. They provide an in-depth survey of their work, giving the film’s viewers an idea of everything that’s necessary for productions to be successful and run smoothly. The opera house not only enjoys an excellent reputation, performances take place every day of the year except for two (“Christmas and Good Friday”) and an impressive 99% of its seats are sold.



EISENBERGER - Kunst muss schön sein, sagt der Frosch zur Fliege

in den österr. Kinos

Leokino, Innsbruck
Top Kino, Wien



19.9., 20:00 Leokino, Innsbruck
20.9., 18:30 KIZ Royalkino, Graz
21.9., 20:00 Urania, Wien
22.9., 13:00 Filmhaus, Wien

ab 20.9 in den österr. Kinos

Village Cineplexx, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Leokino, Innsbruck
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Filmstudio Villach,
Volkskino, Klagenfurt
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino, Steyr
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Star Movie, Ried
Kino Cinex, Lienz
weitere Kinos folgen.


bis Ende Oktober sind folgende Filme in den
Breitenseer Lichtspielen zu sehen:

Kinder unter Deck,
Das erste Jahrhundert des Walter Arlen,
Guardians of the Earth

und ab 10. Oktober auch

Fair Traders


Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch?,
Zerschlag mein Herz,
Mein Stottern,
Namrud (Troublemaker),
Die Einsiedler,
Guardians of the Earth,

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will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
10:00 am, 21st September


will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
8:30 pm, 21st September

CineEco Film Festival, PT 2019
12th - 19th October

EISENBERGER - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly

will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
8:30 pm, 22st September


will be screened at

Zurich Film Festival, CH 2019
6.30 pm, 27th September
3.45 pm, 29th September
6.45 pm, 4th October
3.15 pm, 6th October

Reykjavik Int. Film Festival, IS 2019
1.00 pm, 29th September
7.15 pm, 1st October
7.00 pm, 6th October

Women Make Waves FF, TW 2019
10.50 pm, 6th October
11.00 pm, 9th October
10.30 pm, 11th October

Astra Film Festival, RO 2019
14th - 20th October


will be screened at

Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF, DE 2019
1.30 pm, 5th October
6.30 pm, 9th October

won Best Sociopolitical Documentary Award
at Beyond Borders Film Festival!


will be screened at

Beholders Film Festival, NL 2019
3.00 pm, 12th October
3.00 pm, 13th October


will be screened at

Beholders Film Festival, NL 2019
4.30 pm, 12th October
4.00 pm, 13th October

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