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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Der Kopf des Mohren

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1h56

Synopsis

Georg H. is a scientist, head of a testing lab. He finds pleasure in his job’s diversity. He had three children from his marriage with Anna: Jakob, Christina and Eva. They form a happy family. Is there a better protection against the stress of present times than success, health and a loving family?… A breakdown at a big chemical factory has lead to a tragedy, causing the death of several people. A lethal gas has escaped into the air, and specialists have been sent to secure the area and save the victims. At work, Georg hears the news on the radio. Although the accident only happened one and a half mile away from there, his colleagues don’t seem to feel concerned. For a second, Georg sees himself facing one of the victims of the tragedy. Sitting in his office, with her face pitted, she stares at him.

Director

Paulus Manker

He was born in Vienna where he studied drama at the Max Reinhardt Academy. He started as an actor, working with Franz Novotny and at the Landestheater of Salzbourg. In 1985, he made his first feature film, Schmutz, shown at The Directors’ Fortnight. In1990, he made Weiningers Nacht in which he had the main role. He often performed in movies directed by Michael Hanecke, Joseph Vilsmaier, Alexander Kluge and Luc Bondy. He also played in theater. Der Kopf des Mohren is his third feature film with a screenplay by Michael Haneke.

Angela Winkler
Bert Oberdorfer
Gert Voss
Heinrich Herki
Leni Tanzer
Manuel Löffler
Margaretha Lejeune
Oana Solomonescu

Screenplay
Michael Haneke

Image
Walter Kindler

Sound
Walter Amann

Editing
Michaël Hudecek, Marie Homolkova

Set decoration
Tommy Vögel

Production : Wega Film Produktionsgesellschaft mbH, Vienne, Autriche Vente à l’étranger : Wega Film

Title in Original Version : La Tête du Maure