CineClub: The Last Austrians

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CineClub: The Last Austrians

  • Thu 24 Mar 2022
  • 7:00PM

Together with our European community, the ACF London stands in solidarity with Ukraine and the unprovoked military invasion of the country. We will be joined by director Lukas Pitscheider at this screening.

Königsfeld is a remote Austrian village in the middle of the Ukrainian Carpathians. As far as the eye can see, the small community is surrounded by thick forest. Lorries loaded with heavy logs race through the valley road, which is crisscrossed by deep potholes. Wood dominates the village, including the houses, whose construction is reminiscent of that from the Alpine Austria. On the side of the road, mostly older people watch the goings-on with a nostalgic look.

The ancestors of the Austrian inhabitants were relocated from the west to the east of the then Habsburg monarchy in the 18th century. Today the German-speaking community has only a few dozen members. In a wave, the majority of the population emigrated to the west in the 1990s, and their houses were largely taken over by neighboring villages. 'Emigrate or stay?' is still the most important question today. While migration appears to be the only way of survival for some community members, others draw new hope bringing tourism into the valley.

Four protagonists and their families are accompanied in the film over a period of three years in their life decisions.

Director Lukas Pitscheider will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Austria, 2020, 85min, German (Austrian dialect), Ukrainian (Transkarpatian dialect) with English subtitles, Directed by Lukas Pitscheider

Please note: Tickets are limited and need to be booked on our website in advance. You will not be able to attend the event without a pre-booked ticket.

We would like to inform you that all guests must show proof of either a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test (not older than 24 hours), full vaccination status or recent recovery from Covid-19. We ask you also to follow social distancing, wear a mask and sanitise your hands. Please do not visit the ACF if you have Covid symptoms.


Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ

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