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Eviction of Intellect: Carl Djerassi - Vienna's Lost Son

AT 2008, 45 min, Eberhard Büssem

Eviction of Intellect: Carl Djerassi - Vienna's Lost Son

Eviction of Intellect: Carl Djerassi - Vienna's Lost SonThe invention of the "pill" made scientist and biochemist Carl Djerassi one of the most innovative and famous men in the world. In addition, during the last decades, Carl Djerassi has also become a great art collector and successful writer. This portrayal follows him through the stages of his life and his work: from the places in Vienna where he grew up and spent his youth until he was forced to flee due to his Jewish origin, all the way through the city of Sofia and the streets of San Francisco and London.  

Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi, who was born in Vienna on October 29, 1923, as the son of Jewish parents, had to leave his hometown 15 years later. Via Sofia, he emigrated to the US. In 1951, he made a big scientific breakthrough with the artificial production of norethisterone, the active substance of the contraceptive pill, as well as with the synthesis of cortisone from plant raw material. All in all, he is the author of more than 1,200 publications and received the most prestigious international scientific awards, as well as 20 honorary doctorates. With the proceeds from his work he financed an art collection that soon ranked among the biggest Paul Klee collections worldwide.

After 50 years of highly successful scientific research, Carl Djerassi is a committed novelist and dramatist today, who has written more than a dozen “science-in-fiction“ dramas, novels and, so far, four volumes of autobiography. In his literary works he describes the human aspect of scientists and the personal conflicts with which they are confronted. He is particularly concerned with the motivation to get self-affirmation through scientific success and fame.

Carl Djerassi also writes in order to undergo an auto-psychoanalysis. This becomes especially clear in his last work, Four Jews on Parnassus. In the conversation he is the secular Jew – in search of his Jewish identity. But unlike the prodigal son in the biblical parable, Carl Djerassi did not leave his home country voluntarily, and started a brilliant career from scratch. In spite of that, unlike the prodigal son in the parable, he was not warmly welcomed and given presents in his home country, but it was he who gave a present to his hometown.

In a sort of “return of the lost son“, Carl Djerassi donated half of his Klee collection to the Albertina in Vienna in May 2008. The scientist, man of letters and art collector refers to his youth in Vienna again and again. He sees himself as Viennese, does not forget what happened, but has become reconciled with Austria that at last remembers its lost sons. That is why he has accepted the offer to become an Austrian citizen and today commutes between London and Vienna.

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Vienna Jewish Film Festival 2010 (part 1) | Vienna Jewish Film Festival (part 2)

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Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

1.9., 20:00 Uhr Kino am Dach, Wien
3.9., 18:30 Uhr KIZ Royalkino, Graz
4.9., 19:00 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
7.9., 18:30 Uhr Leokino, Innsbruck
8.9., 18.30 Uhr Moviemento, Linz
8.9., 20:00 Uhr Programmkino Wels
9.9., 18:00 Uhr Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
10.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
11.9., 20:00 Uhr Haydn Kino, Wien
13.9., 11:00 Uhr Filmhaus, Wien
16.9., 19:00 Uhr Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
17.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien

ab 4. September
in den österr. Kinos:

Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
Haydn Kino, Wien
Apollo Kino, Wien
Village Cinema, Wien
Cineplexx Millenium City, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Cineplexx Linz
Stadtkino Grein
Kino Gmünd
Kino Zwettl
Volkskino Klagenfurt
Filmstudio Villach
Lichtspiele Mittersill
Kino Eibiswald
Kino Oberpullendorf

ab 11. September
Leokino, Innsbruck
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino Steyr
Star Movie Regau
Star Movie Wels
Star Movie Ried
Star Movie Steyr

ab 18. September
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Annenhof Kino, Graz

weitere Kinos folgen.

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Top Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
KIZ Royalkino, Graz

ab 19.8. die künstlerei, Tamsweg
22.8. Oval, Salzburg
1.9. Kino Oberpullendorf
3.9. Filmcasino, Wien
17.9. Cineplexx Amstetten
19.9. INSEL, Scharnstein
27.9. MuKu, St. Johann
ab 7.10. Cinema Dornbirn
ab 25.10. EU XXL - Die Reihe
ab 28.10. Filmforum Bregenz
ab 30.10. Stadtkino Center Ternitz
2.11. Horizontale, Straden
9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

DIAGONALE 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Spielfilm,
Beste künstlerische Montage,
Bestes Sounddesign,
Diagonale Schauspielpreis (Dominik Warta),
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis

DIE DOHNAL
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Dokumentarfilm,
Preis für außergewöhnliche Produktionsleistung

ROMY 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester Kinofilm

BACKSTAGE WIENER STAATSOPER
Judith Benedikt & Eva Testor
Beste Bildgestaltung Kinofilm

DOK.FEST MUNICH 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award

ETHNOCINECA 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Austrian Documentary Award

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FESTIVALS

WEIYENA - THE LONG MARCH HOME

will be screened at

Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILM, AT 2020
5.15 pm, 28th August
12.30 pm, 29th August

THE FEVER

will be screened at

Fünf Seen FF, DE 2020
4.30 pm, 4th September
7.30 pm, 4th September
6.00 pm, 5th September

Taiwan Int. Human Rights FF, TW 2020
7.30 pm, 4th September
7.00 pm, 24th September

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Int. Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund/Köln, DE 2020
6.00 pm, 13th September

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