Summer Holiday

Many Austrians can still remember exactly how they spent the summer of 1978, as the national football team played their best matches of the World Cup in Argentina. The high point was the 3:2 win in Cordoba against Germany and the radio commentator Edi Finger achieved immortality by going completely crazy. This is the summer which Tondo (Niki Ryba) spends in Vienna. The long summer holidays without the journey that the neighbours can afford to make. The summer holidays have their own rhythm - at the beginning time appears to be suspended and at the end it seems to run away. Antonin Svoboda‘s mid-length feature film communicates perfectly an atmosphere of lethargy and sultry sexuality. The inn which is the central location. The props which manifest the late 70‘s - there is a wonderful scene in which Tondo is taken by his older sister to her boyfriend and then sent to play with a bicycle which could only be invented in the glamour seventies - the fur 'tail' on the back is the decisive detail. The little tricks used by the father behind the counter to keep customers happy and business going. The bed-ridden woman neighbour to whom Tondo brings the meals every day. All of these more or less absurd events fuse into a round dance which is experienced by a completely unmoved Tondo who also voices no commentary. Nevertheless Summer Holiday is a realistic film, miles away from the exploitation of the 'Vienna clichè' often in evidence in Austrian cinema and with a real young star in the leading role. (Bert Rebhandl)

Orig. Title
Grosse Ferien
Year
1997
Country
Austria
Duration
40 min
Director
Antonin Svoboda
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
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Credits
Director
Antonin Svoboda
Script
Antonin Svoboda
Cinematography
Clemens Lechner
Musical Advice
Drehli Robnik
Editing
Hanka Knipper
Sound
Dieter Draxler
Actor/Actress
Susanne Altschul, Nica Steinbauer, Tina Sezen, Robert Stuc, Herta Böhm, Fritz Ostermayer, Barbara Albert, Niki Ryba, Bohumil Klepl
Art Direction
Mona Quintus
Costumes
Nina Wipplinger
Executive Producer
Maria Arlamovsky
Production Manager
Christoph Ziereis
Assistant Director
Regina Höllbacher, Ursula Wolschlager
Available Formats
35 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1997
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
1998
Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
Angers - Premiers Plans
Krakau - Int. Short Film Festival
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Norwegian Short Film Festival
1999
Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
2003
Braunschweig - Filmfest