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Filmstill from WANKOSTÄTTN: A man with grey hair and a red bathrobe is holding a helmet with SS lettering on it. There is an axe in the helmet and red paint around it.

Tue 02.07.

  • Director

    Karin Berger

  • Austria / 2023
    37 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Introduction: Alexander Scholz (Leiter Duisburger Filmwoche), Followed by a discussion with Karin Berger, Moderation: Ute Adamczewski

Karl Stojka, leaning on an umbrella, surveys the place where he grew up: the Wankostättn in Vienna, where there was once a large camp for Sinti and Romani. Most of its inhabitants were deported in 1941. Through Stojka's words, an almost annihilated past is brought back to life in a place where it is now barely visible, where the past was built upon with apartment blocks. Stojka points to a letterbox: this is where his caravan once stood. Berger shot the footage in 1997 as part of a film about Karl's sister Ceija. 26 years later, WANKOSTÄTTN combines its protagonist's role as a witness and artist and his bond with the director to create a document of enduring memory. (as)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media