Good News: Newspaper Salesmen, Dead Dogs and Other People from Vienna

    Good News: von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern

    • Ulrich Seidl
    • Austria
    • 1990
    • 130 min
    • Top 10
    In his first feature length documentary, Ulrich Seidl examines the painful position of Asian street cleaners and Romanian newsvendors that have come to Austria in the hope of a better life. They must manage to stay warm in wintry Vienna. Hospitality proves to be a limited notion in a country bordering on the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. The refugees must tap all their resourcefulness to try and stay alive. Newsvendors are disregarded, just like dead dogs. Seidl shows how the Austrian society alienates people from themselves and each other and what the true face of modern Europe looks like in his eyes. Seidl said about his documentary: "For every image of a well-dressed Viennese lady walking through the streets with her pampered dog, I present two of the underbelly of Viennese immigrant workers. To me, that is a fundamental aspect of the real, day-to-day Vienna."

    Credits

    • 130 min
    • color
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: German
    Director
    Ulrich Seidl
    Production
    Hans Selikovsky for Selikovsky Film
    Cinematography
    Hans Selikovsky
    Editing
    Peter Zeitlinger, Klaudia Ecker
    Sound
    Helmut Juncker, Ekkehart Baumung

    IDFA history

    2008
    Screened
    Top 10
    2003
    Screened
    Top 10
    1999
    Screened
    Top 10

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