Frankreich wir kommen 1999

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This drama in three acts depicts the journey of the Austrian national soccer team to the World Cup finals in France as seen though the eyes of a journalist, a bank examiner and his mother, a pensioner, an alcoholic, a large family, a coach for a children’s team, and a blind man. Against the backdrop of the games against Cameroon, Chile, and Italy, this film tells a story of faith, love, and hope in front of the television screen – a screen that shows some of the world’s inhabitants sitting mesmerized before it.


Directed by: Michael Glawogger
Screenplay: Michael Glawogger, Johannes Scocek
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editing: Monika Willi
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung
Line Producer: Gabriella Reisinger
Music: Armin Pokorn
Cast: Roland Spöttling, Johann Skocek, Kurt Dietl, Gerhard and Margit Erber, Michael Lehner, Otto Anton Ruhland; Karin, Johann and Marcus Lauring, Herbert Prohaska, Anton Polster, Ivica Vastic, Andreas Herzog
Supported by: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Language: German/French/Spanish/Italian
Format: color, Super 16mm (blowup 35mm), 1:1.66
Running time: 80 min
Producer: Erich Lackner
Production Company: Lotus Film
Austrian support: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Funds, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Premiere: 03.03.1999, Diagonale Graz
World sales:


DIAGONALE opening film 16.-21.3.99 
SÃO PAULO (23rd International Film Festival) 
HOF (33. Internationale Filmtage) 
AMSTERDAM (12th International Documentary Film Festival) 
GÖTEBORG (23rd Film Festival) 
KOPENHAGEN (11th Annual Night Film Festival) 
PARIS (22nd „Cinéma du Réel“, International Documentary Film Festival) 
KARLOVY VARY (35th International Film Festival ) 
MOSKAU (XXII International Film Festival „Interfest“)
JIHLAVA (Int. Doc. Film Festival) 
PJÖNGJANG (Int. Film Festival) 
KAMPALA (EU-Filmfestival) 
LISSABON (indielisboa / Retro Mai 06)