Films

Once Were Rebels (Waren einmal Revoluzzer)

© Freibeuterfilm
© Freibeuterfilm


Feb. 9, 2020 at 3:15 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Northern American Premiere
Special Guest to Be Announced

104 min. Austria (2019)
German, Russian, English w/ English subtitles

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Director: Johanna Moder
Starring: Julia Jentsch, Manuel Rubey, Aenne Schwarz, Marcel Mohab, Lena Tronina, Tambet Tuisk, Josef Hader
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser
Screenwriter: Johanna Moder
Director of Photography: Robert Oberrainer
Editor: Karin Hammer
Production: Freibeuterfilm
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Two urban, liberal couples in their 30s decide to help a Russian friend escape to Austria. Pavel, a dissident, is in very real difficulties. Though initially thrilled by this adventure, the Austrians soon find the very foundations of their friendships and relationships are threatened – mainly because this kind of help can be understood in different ways, but also because the man they rescue refuses to behave as the helpers feel he should.

Once Were Rebels held its World Premiere at the Zurich Film Festival in the Focus Competition, where it won the Ecumenical Award.

This North American premiere is presented in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Open Austria.