Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.
Directed by Klaus T. Steindl
epo Film and ORF in association with Austrian Television Fund, Cinestyria, Land Steiermark Volkskultur, CineART, Graz Kultur, Graz Wissenschaft and BMBF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Forest of Fantasies
Ein Jahr im Zauberwald
On Christmas Eve, they say that animals can talk. Peter Rosegger, one of Austria's greatest writers, turned this legend into a magical short story about his own childhood in Styria's Alpine uplands. It's one of Austria's most fascinating landscapes where deep, dark forests are flanked by steep mountain ridges,and gentle meadows reach up to exposed summits in unlimited shades of just one color: green. Trudging through the snow to join his family for
the Christmas Eve service in the valley below, ten year old Peter comes face to face with a young fawn in the twilight, and wonders what it could tell about growing up in the forest with the other animals, through the seasons. This film captures the essence of Rosegger's story and the subtle and dramatic changes of the Styrian forest throughout the year.