Hilda

The first image captures Hilda´s legs and hands. She is bent down cutting grass. This activity is heard before the picture fades in. We are seeing a woman who, despite age and fragility, is in a constant state of motion and work. She does not shy from any effort. And she laughs. Her philosophy: He who rests, rusts. If you rest your hands in your lap, your brain comes to a standstill. I’´m free as a bird. She hails a passing tractor to hitch a ride, taking a seat on the back. She dexterously clamps her walking stick and secures her position, waving to us as she is driven off.

This scene constitutes an almost iconic image, essentially emphasizing preceding statements: Hilda Lackner´s freedom is multi-layered. She is free of conventions; free of social and material obligations; and as a woman she is also free since her husband passed away 14 years ago. She lives a simple life because she possesses only what she really needs. She cultivates her own tomatoes and salad. She lovingly raises an entire stall of hares. She gathers pinecones to strain out seeds and plant new trees: This is her hobby, she says.
From the very beginning, Karen Berghammer´s voice-over is spoken in the past tense, a fact one almost overhears: "Hilda Lackner was my neighbor. We got to know each other better when she started taking care of our hare." We then see a long shot of the farmyard, followed by the landscape at different times of the year, and how winter approaches. Hilda´s agility wanes, now it is the camera that embarks on travels. Once again the cherry trees blossom, goldenrod and chamomile are in bloom. Hilda does not tire of telling stories and explaining things. The film celebrates Hilda in her straightforward openness, as a woman who did what needed to be done. (Sylvia Szely)
Translation: Eve Heller

Orig. Title
Hilda
Year
2017
Country
Austria
Duration
49 min
Director
Karin Berghammer
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
german
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Credits
Director
Karin Berghammer
Script
Karin Berghammer
Cinematography
Karin Berghammer
Music
Christof Dienz, Alexandra Dienz
Editing
Petra Zöpnek
Sound
Andreas Patton
Sound Design
Georg Tomandl
Executive Producer
Karin Berghammer
Supported by
Gemeinde Jaidhof, Land Niederösterreich, BKA - innovative film
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby 5.1.
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2017
Jihlava - East Silver Market
Radstadt Film Festival
Freistadt - Festival Der Neue Heimatfilm