Zagreb, 9 March 2010 Press release

Zagreb Dox International Documentary Film Festival awards first prize to Austrian director Peter Schreiner

Zagreb, 9 March 2010 – Totò, a documentary film by Austrian director Peter Schreiner, received a Big Stamp Award in the renowned best regional film category at Zagreb’s international documentary film festival, which took place between 28 February and 7 March 2010. Another Big Stamp was awarded to Petition, a production by Chinese director Zhao Liang, for best film in the international film category.

Showcasing some 150 films and attended by some 25,000 visitors, the most important documentary film festival in south-eastern Europe was formally opened on 28 February by Croatia’s President Ivo Josipovic.

In addition to Little Alien by Nina Kusturica, Totò was one of the two contributions to this year’s festival co-financed by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb. Produced by in German and Italian, Peter Schreiner’s black-and-white film follows an usher at the Wiener Konzerthaus on an emotional journey to his Calabrian home town where he lived as a young man.

The jury, which was chaired by Leipzig Film Festival Director Claas Danielsen, qualified Totò as a work of deep contemplation. Time stands still and inner voices whisper into our ears. Totò, who lives between two cultures, is searching for his roots. Peter Schreiner was courageous enough to make a formally precise film about a person we would never have perceived without this film, leading us on an inner journey back to the lost identity of childhood.

Christian J. Ebner, head of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb, who accepted the prize on behalf of the director at the formal closing ceremony on 6 March, emphasised the growing international role of Austrian films – not only in the light of another Oscar, but mainly with regard to the niches of documentary film which are but little known to the public at large.

Austrian Cultural Forum Zagreb
Mr. Christian J. Ebner
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