The Gugelhupf - King of Cakes
The «Gugelhupf» is not just a piece of Austrian folk heritage - there are various versions of this cake available far beyond the country's borders. The «Gugelhupf» is regarded as the traditional crowning glory of every coffee break - and offers a variety of cultural and historical background information. The documentary features enthusiastic bakers with their stories and favorite recipes.
How Dangerous is our Packaging?
From organic cucumbers to gluten-free bread - today, everything we buy is packaged and shrink-wrapped. Hardly any foods or beverages are available that don't come in some form of plastic packaging. But there is a danger that these packaging materials, with their artificial plasticisers, will seep into the food they wrap and find their way into our bodies. Each of us has a certain detectable plastic level in our blood. Consumer interest bodies have long demanded that packaging be listed in the product's ingredients. However, today, no one knows exactly what all the packaging is made of, and manufacturers keep silent about it. In addition to health issues, there are also environmental concerns.
The Castles of Styria
The South East of Austria is one of the regions with the most fortresses and castles in Europe. Erected to protect land and secure transport routes, the defences of the South Styrian and South Burgenland castles continued to be strengthened into the 17th century. These films show the people who live and work in the fortresses, castles and the land around them, and take a look behind the scenes.
The Great Steppe Lake
The largest non draining steppe lake in Central Europe lies in the Pannonian Plain between Austria and Hungary. Surrounded by an enormous reed bed with unique flora and fauna, the Ferto/Neusiedlersee landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Almost half of this strictly protected reed bed is in the national park nature reserve. Where once the Iron Curtain ran, and where watchtowers and an artificial concrete island in the lake still recall that border, countless bird species fly across the windy skies, herds of red deer trot through the reeds and rattling its beak is the region's most famous inhabitant - the stork.
The Alpine Salt Reservoir
The Salzkammergut region is home to many of Austria's best-known lakes. These include Lake Hallstatt with its picturesque villages, the Traunsee with the TV location of Schloss Orth and even Lake Atter, which is so deep that it contains more water than the significantly bigger Chiemsee. Custom and tradition are to the fore in the colourful narcissus festival that delights thousands of people in the Styrian Salzkammergut every year. Just as the Vogelfang (bird hunt) does, which has been taking place since the mid 19th century, and which is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The historical landscape, full of natural wonders that draw people from all around the globe, makes the Salzkammergut an incomparable corner of the world.
Tagliamento - King of Alpine Rivers
Part of the Tagliamento will be known to Austrians and holidaymakers from other European countries travelling to beach resorts on the Adriatic; but only a few people really know it well. The extensive sedimentary areas that wind through the Val Canale valley next to the motorway can transform dramatically from a stony desert with only a few trickles of water into a torrential river. The journey leads from the Venetian mountains through Carnia, one of Northern Italy's most beautiful landscapes - to enchanting valleys, criss crossed by tributaries of the Tagliamento, to the beaches of the Adriatic. As well as historical and natural monuments, though, the focus is on the people who live on and alongside the river.
Bali and Lombok: Islands of Holy Water
Once a year the famous Lingsar Temple in Lombok turns into a spiritual site for a war between Muslims and Hindus that is both holy and peaceful. Participants in the ritual rice cake war pelt each other with rice cakes wrapped in palm leaves. It is a cathartic act, intended to release the tensions that have marked Indonesia's history.
Collio - Secret Italy
Since the days of the Roman Empire, Collio has been more than just a fertile wine growing region. The Habsburgs valued these hillsides for the fruit they provided. This region in north eastern Italy has a special micro climate and a long cultural history, with traces of Romans and Lombards everywhere. In the two World Wars, the region became a battleground, eventually being divided by the Iron Curtain.
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Fish Ahoy is all about taking a sustainable, conscious approach to what we eat - more precisely, catching, cooking and preserving only native fish species. The idea is to provide an alternative to the consumption of salt water fish from seas and oceans that have been over fished for many years.
Fasting and the World Religions
Fasting is a fundamental principle that seems to unite the whole of humanity. Periodically abstaining from food plays a role in most religions. For the body as well as the soul. Because fasting has always had a medical purpose as well as being a religious act. The film follows Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Alevites through times of fasting, with theologians providing insight into the reasons for and history of the practice. It also looks at more recent knowledge on the health benefits of doing without food.
Eating against Alzheimer's
Is there are new silver bullet in the fight against Alzheimer's and dementia? Researchers in Graz looking into ageing have found a fountain of youth for the brain - in nutrition. Certain constituents of wheat and soya encourage brain cells to heal themselves and so prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers are therefore recommending to supplement our diet with these substances.
The Return of Beauty. Arts and Aesthetics
Beauty as a factor of the evaluation and perception of art has been frowned upon in the past decades.
A work of art is supposed to provoke agitation, break taboos and negotiate social misconceptions - but not to be beautiful. It then could be labelled as a kitsch-piece or as favourable straightaway and therefore becomes irrelevant. However, aesthetics were considered as one of the prevailing assessment categories of art in the 19th century, not surprisingly speaking of the beautiful arts - les beaux arts. Now, some artists are perceiving a comeback of beauty. But is this even true? The documentary is searching for evidence in Rome and Florence where philosopher Konrad Paul Liessmann and art-star Ólafur Elíasson get the chance to speak.
Christmas Tree - Tradition and History
Christmas isn't Christmas without a Christmas tree! This is a tradition that enjoyed its first boom at the start of the 19th century, with decorations reflecting the characteristics of the region in question. Bohemia, in the north of the Czech Republic and Thuringia, is home to glass baubles and ornaments, while tinsel was invented in Nuremberg. Anita Lackenberger's new film doesn't neglect culinary matters either, because trees were not only decorated with glass, candles, angel hair and tinsel - there were also lots of sweets made of chocolate, egg whites, jelly and nuts.
4 continents. 12 countries. 30 cities
Follow sommelier and author Conrad Seidl on a tasty journey around the globe to discover famous beer styles and experience new flavors.
The 4-part, international TV-series shares knowledge and anecdotes, talk about the history of beer and open the audience´s mind for new sensorial experiences. A limited TV-series, new and fresh to the television landscape and perfectly serving those millions of beer fans worldwide...
Living for the Sport
In Familien, in denen die Kinder Leistungssport betreiben, dreht sich das ganze Leben um diese Leidenschaft. Zeitplanung, Ernährung und Urlaube, alles wird dem Erfolg der Sprösslinge untergeordnet. Das erfordert von allen, immer wieder über ihre Grenzen zu gehen. Vor allem, wenn unerwartete Probleme auftreten, wie Verletzungen oder eine plötzliche Suspendierung aus dem Verein.
This programme shows the people whose lives arerooted in the area around the Traunsee, and theirway of life. Carved out of the Limestone Alps, theTraunsee is the deepest inland lake in Austria, andso is only ever slightly warm, even in summer.
Healing from Within - Medicine between Orient and Occident
Even in European hospitals, Ayurveda is a medicine that has been applied individually to different kinds of symptoms and disease patterns. The journey begins in Varansi, in the northwest of India: along the waterfront of the Ganges, Varansi is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world and is considered the holy city of Hinduism. Between tradition and modern age, health is being attached to great importance. For this sake the secrets of nature, healing plants and herbs as well as the healing arts of Ayurveda are being explored.
In a critical, humorous, and honest manner, #SINGLE explores human mating behavior in the 21st centuryt hrough the worldwide phenomenon of online dating, its background, and its impact on our society. The mechanisms of the platforms are questioned just as critically as today's forms of relationship and unrealistic expectations.
Beauty Ideals in Social Media
Since their emergence, social media have confronted young women more intensively than ever before with unattainable ideals of beauty. Key reasons for this are the constant availability of images and the accessibility of artificially enhanced images on a daily basis. So called influencers act as role models on Instagram and often present themselves in illusory digital worlds focused on insubstantial beauty issues.
The male libido is no longer the be all and end all when it comes to sexuality, that it has been for a long time. However, both men and women generally accept that there are big differences between male and female desire. In this new production from ORFIII, medical journalist Bernhard Hain investigates what lies behind the male libido and how it has been influenced by changing male roles.
United - The Red Rebels of Manchester
"UNITED - The Red Rebels of Manchester" tells the story of ordinary people who created their own football club in 2005 as they realized that the takeover of an US-american billionaire changed their old love, the great Manchester United, forever.
Thick of all the money that dominates football nowadays, they established an exciting project in a city with a great tradition of social struggles and innovations. The film accompanies some volunteers in the last 36 exciting hours, before an incredible highlight in the young history of the club: the opening match in their own stadium against Benfica from Lisbon.
Pferde werden schon Jahrtausende lang vom Menschen als Reit- und Arbeitstiere genützt - und in den letzten Jahrzehnten ist das Pferd vom Arbeits- und Kriegstier zu einem Sport- und Freizeitpartner geworden. Erich Pröll erzählt in dieser dreiteiligen Neuproduktion beeindruckende Geschichten über Pferde und Pferdemenschen, die zeigen, dass die Ausbildung, das Training und die Beschäftigung mit diesen wunderbaren Tieren auch anders möglich ist. Und beweist, dass die sanfte Ausbildung ungeahnte Erfolge erzielen kann. Im ersten Teil besucht der Naturfilmer Claudia Wimberger und Lorenzo und gibt Einsicht in die Arbeit der Holzrucker aus dem Mühlviertel.
In den letzten Jahren ist "Pferdeflüsterer" zu einem geflügelten Wort geworden. Mit "Flüstern" hat die sanfte Ausbildung jedoch meist nichts zu tun, viel mehr mit gekonnter Körpersprache, die die Pferde lesen können. Einige dieser großartigen Pferdemenschen werden von Erich Pröll besucht und es wird versucht herauszufinden, welche "Geheimnisse" sich hinter dieser Ausbildungsmethode verbergen oder welche Fähigkeiten erlernt werden können, um mit dem Pferd derart zu kommunizieren. Hier dürfen natürlich Größen wie Monty Roberts, Reinhard Mantler, Pat Parelli und Klaus Krzisch (der längst dienende Bereiter der Spanischen Hofreitschule) nicht fehlen!
Auch im dritten Teil der Neuproduktion werden beeindruckende Geschichten über Pferde und Pferdemenschen erzählt, die zeigen, wie Natural Horsemenship - die sanfte Ausbildung von Pferden - möglich ist. So geben nicht nur die Olympiasiegerin Sissy Max Theurer und der österreichische Staatsmeister im Vielseitigkeitsreiten Harald Ambros Einblick in diese Welt, sondern auch Kerstin Brein - die bisher einzige Österreicherin bei der Apassionata-Pferdeshow. Und schließlich erzählt Erich Pröll über seine Mustangs, den Wildpferden aus Wyoming, die ganz besonders auf die kleinsten Reaktionen des Menschen reagieren.
Ski Arlberg - The Cradle of Skiing
One of the five largest ski areas in the world, more than 300 kilometres of downhill routes, 88 lifts and last but not least the «cradle of alpine skiing.» But the Arlberg has its own «Archbishop of skiing» to offer: Prof. Stefan Kruckenhauser revolutionised state training for ski instructors and together with Schneider took this style of skiing and above ski instruction out into the world. So for example, after the Second World War the majority of ski schools in the USA were run by Austrians, and the Arlberg technique was also being taught in South America, Australia and even New Zealand. Half the world was learning to ski on the Arlberg, according to a newsreel from the time, with royalty making their first turns in the snow here alongside countless stars and starlets. The Arlberg - Cradle of Alpine Skiing is an entertaining journey through more than a hundred years of the history of the «white sport» in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Tips and tricks for those with green fingers: the magazine programme on natural gardening with ORF garden expert Karl Ploberger.
Organic gardener to the nation, Karl Ploberger, presents ten spring and autumn episodes from the grounds of Garten Tulln [The Tulln Garden]. Under the heading of «practical gardening,» he gives tips on botany, plant care, garden planning and lifestyle from the setting of his own demonstration garden.
The centrepiece of each episode is the open air restaurant with proprietors from right across Austria. The gardens are intended to provide viewers with inspiration and new ideas, and to encourage people to tend and design their own gardens.
The Secret Garden Tour
The organic gardener Karl Ploberger looks beyond the Austrian borders and peeks into dreamy secret gardens. Alongside his numerous journeys across the overwhelming English gardening paradise, he takes trips to Venice, South Africa and northern Germany. He meets gardeners who preserve the old and cultivate the new. He learns about local flora and listens to the exciting stories which leaves and flowers have to tell. This journey of the senses will make you want to travel and discover new greenery.
Precious Metal - Precious Crafts
Empress Sissi was once painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter: her beauty was mesmerizing but the diamond stars in her hair stole the show. What makes such jewelry so fascinating? How are they made? How important were they in the Kaisers' household? Meet curators, goldsmiths and historians to track down the history of mankind's fascination with Gold and Silver.
Egon Schiele - Between Love and Hate
Loneliness, hidden potential, rejection, veneration, lust and vice, damnation, condemnation. Schiele's short but spectacular rise to the highest peaks of Art's Mount Olympus ended abruptly in a seemingly meaningless death, but his spirit lived on though his worldwide adoration and canonisation. Egon Schiele's short and enigmatic life and his undecipherable art still to this day, a century after he took his last breath, inspire myths around his unapproachable and dubious character. This film documentary does not focus solely on the artist's biography but rather on the tense correlation between his uncompromising, unconditional artistic talent and its radical opponent: society's moral code of conduct.
Where Lemons Bloom - Sweet-Sour Travels from the Alps to Sicily
In supermarkets, they are usually yellow, but green is actually their natural colour. Brought to Sicily by the Arabs a thousand years ago, lemons and citrus fruits have been cultivated ever since, from there and all the way to the Alps in Tuscany. And they have much more to offer than what most of us imagine.
About the Magic of Christmas Cakes in Europe
Christmas time is the best season for cakes and biscuits in Europe. Anita Leckenberger goes on a quest to uncover the secrets of baking traditions. She will track down the Austrian Linzer Tart, the German Stollen, the French Bûche de Noël and many more. When Christmas-time comes along, a lot of biscuits are baked and many cakes sweeten the Advent season and the holidays. The Linzer Tart originates from the Upper Austrian capital, Linz, and is one of the oldest recipes in the world, for it could be tracked down to 1653. There are seasonal baked goods across Europe, but they could not be any more different. Whereas in Germany, the Stollen is a heavy, rich, slightly exotic bread filled with candied fruits, the French wouldn't celebrate Christmas without the Bûche de Noël. This chocolate sponge roll, filled with chocolate cream is supposed to represent a log but it mainly is a visual artwork. In Verona, the world-renowned Pandoro is made through days of working on the dough. The wafer tart, which brings back many childhood memories, is the regional speciality of the Czech Karlovy Vary. Anita Lackenberger looks over the shoulders of bakers and pastry chefs and will serve not only the recipes but also the stories behind the baking traditions.
Treasure Hunt - Searching for Fenn's Legacy
Forrest Fenn is very, very rich. But when he found out he had cancer, he decided to spark the sense of adventure in people across the world. He stuffed a chest with many valuable treasures and buried it in the Rocky Mountains. He gave away nine clues in a poem he published and five more in interviews, but the chest is yet to be found. If it's still out there, why wouldn't two Austrian kids stand a chance?
Noch immer ist die Torte der Mittelpunkt jeder Feier, jeder Hochzeit und auch am Muttertag. Die meisten Torten sind rund, aber die eine oder andere gibt es auch in viereckiger Form. Viele der Rezepte werden in den Familien weiter gegeben, und so ist man stolz auf bewährte Mohntortenrezepte, oder gut gefüllte Biskuittorten oder weitgehend unbekannte Rezepte mit Erdäpfel im Teig, die es so nur im Waldviertel gibt. Es gilt die Geheimnisse der Waldviertler Torten zu ergründen!
Breads, Tarts and Sweet Treats - A Culinary Easter in Europe
Traditional baked goods are common throughout Europe not just during the Christmas season, but at Easter too. The wide variety is the result of religious diff erences and regional quirks. One ingredient is particularly central at Easter: yeast. Without this fungus, many Easter specialities such as Colomba Pasquale from Italy and Reindling from Carinthia in Austria would be unthinkable. This documentary goes in search of the most traditional recipes all over Europe.
Newton - La Dolce Morte - The Bitter Side of Sweetness
What we eat has consequences - and not just personal ones for our own health. The fact that excessive consumption of meat can harm not only our own health, but indirectly that of other people and the global climate, is nowadays something of which many people are well aware. When it comes to indulging our sweet tooth, however, this realization comes as a surprise to many. And yet the «sweet life» comes with a whole host of ethical consequences that range from our own bodies to the furthest corners of the world.
Failing attracts attention. Failing is unpleasant. We don't talk about failure. Crises, flops and mishaps are all among the experiences we would like to forget about, even though they're part of life. The notion of 'shame' plays a big role here, because in our society 'making mistakes' still carries a stigma. That's not the case in Silicon Valley, where many who failed with their start-up stand by that failure, in fact they're almost proud of it. With this as a starting point, a 'culture of failure', yes, even a veritable 'cult' surrounding failure is developing over here. Constanze Griessler illuminates the topic of 'failure' in her documentary, portraying several perspectives.
The Wiener Schnitzel
The Wiener schnitzel has conquered the entire planet. Menus around the world list it. Our trip through inns, snack bars and farms takes us all the way to America. There's even a fast food chain there called 'Wienerschnitzel'. The Wiener schnitzel started out as a dish for the upper classes and in the mid-19th century it started being eaten by ordinary people on similarly festive occasions. But why has this piece of pork coated in crispy breadcrumbs become the most popular type of schnitzel?
Newton - Fighting the Tobacco Industry
Cigarette smoke contains a huge health risk that was long kept secret by the tobacco industry. It wasn't until the insider Jeffrey Wigand went public with his knowledge of the health risk in 1996 that this strategy was revealed. Jeffrey Wigand was vice president of the R&D division at Brown & Williamson, a tobacco company owned by British American Tobacco. After his television performance on 60 Minutes, the company sued him and he got anonymous death threats. The scandal was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film 'The Insider' with Russel Crowe and Al Pacino. Jeffrey Wigand has since spent his entire time educating people on the consequences of smoking. His Smoke-Free Kids foundation aims at convincing young people in particular of a life without smoking. Scientist have now investigated many ingredients in cigarettes and proved the addictive and carcinogenic effect of many of the substances. Nevertheless the tobacco industry continues to find a way to reach consumers.
Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond Flakes - Christmas Bakery in Europe
Christmas in Switzerland would be impossible to imagine without the so-called »Zimtsterne«, starshaped cookies with cinnamon flavour. In Znaim, the traditional Christmas cookies are glazed with white fondant. In Trieste, spices and lots of chocolate make the «Dolci» into a delicacy. The so-called Viennese »Vanillekipferl«, is the final destination in this «biscuit treasure hunt» throughout Europe.
The Art of Healing
Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are booming. But the traditional European medicine that above all was taught and passed on in the ancient monasteries is also now being rediscovered. The holistic view of man included, alongside his spirituality, also his corporeality. Hildegard of Bingen, Paracelsus and Pastor Sebastian Kneipp are outstanding figures in this tradition. Abbeys and religious houses are today taking up the ancient art of healing in their treatment programmes.
Longing for the Coast
The coastlines of the upper Adriatic sea around Duino and Trieste, the shores of Istria and the islands of Kvarner Bay off the coast of Rijeka, formerly Fiume, are closely linked to the history of Austria. Between 1335 (Carniola) and 1797 (west coast of Istria), the different counties and districts came into the possession of the House of Habsburg and thus became Austrian. The important port of Trieste was under Austrian rule for over 500 years and, from 1849, was also the capital of the newly created crown land of the Austrian littoral. The - to some extent - centuries' old Austrian rule left clear traces behind in the region: in its architecture, the development of the transportation infrastructure, and in the minds of the people.
Die mehr als 1.000 Kellergassen zählen zu den prägenden Kulturgütern Niederösterreichs. Früher wurden hier die Trauben gepresst und später der Wein gelagert - heute haben oft moderne Produktionsanlagen und Lagerhallen diese Aufgabe übernommen. Die Kellergassen stehen demnach nun weniger für Arbeit als für Freizeit-Idylle: Kleine, meist an Weinhänge geduckte Presshäuser, lauschige Plätze, ansteigende Gassen und einfache Heurigenbetriebe. Und in den nahegelegenen Hohlwegen wird ursprüngliche Natur authentisch erlebbar. Eine Dokumentation aus dem ORF Landesstudio Niederösterreich lädt ein zu einer Reise vom Kamptal über das Weinviertel bis zum Leithagebirge: In poetischen Bildern erzählt der Filmemacher Georg Riha in einem Bogen über alle Jahreszeiten von Stille und von grünen Kellertüren, vom Reifen des Weines, von der Lese und von der Kühle in tiefen Kellern. Zu sehen sind u.a. die die längste Kellergasse Österreichs in Hadres, das dorfähnlich gestaltete Ensemble von Unterstinkenbrunn, aber auch der "Galgenberg" von Wildendürnbach, der zur schönsten Kellergasse 2013 gewählt wurde.
Punch Line - A Woman Steps into the Ring
"Punch Line" shows the journey of 36-year-old Kati Zambito from the start of an intense training session up to her first boxing match. The preparations towards the event, in which there can only be one winner, makes her see the world of boxing with fresh eyes: Kati begins to realise parallels between the challenges of boxing and the daily struggle for survival.
Ox in a Jar
3 Men - 1 Ox - 1000 Glasses - 2 Weeks (8x25')
The cookery show that's a little different, theTV-sensation that's a little different: 3 Amateur cooks - food critic Florian Holzer, artist Thomas Nowak and photographer Ingo Pertramer - decide to buy an organic ox, slaughter it themselves and process it within two weeks.The challenge is to cook a whole ox. From start to finish, from head to toe. So the performers buy a living animal from the green Alps, slaughter it, butcher it and during a two-week open-air cooking-session process, turn it into durable and appetizing preserved meat. It's made durable not least to Show that the supermarket shelf isn't a foregone conclusion.The meat is smoked and dried, but mainly boiled down - in dozens of different varieties and with tons of recipes. Classically and through all the world's cuisines.The idea sounds simple, but it proves to be a race against time, inner resistance, technical Problems and culinary conflicts. In eight episodes, a project that was about curing the meat of an animal that grew up happily, using classical methods and the best recipes, turns into the most sensitive cookery show in TV history.
Austria - From Above and Below
"Dreamland Austria" - Joseph Vilsmaier paints a breathtakingly beautiful picture of the alpine republic. From above, we see the tremendous natural spectacle of the mountains and fly over deep valleys, lakes and rivers. And "below"? Intimacy is created. As the herdsman drive their cattle down into the valleys, as we watch the traditional handcraft, festivals and the arts in action. The juxta-position of landscape, tradition, technical innovation and pulsating life creates a completely new image of Austria, scored with great feeling by Hubert von Goisern. Fantastic classic cinema - for our eyes and ears.
VIDEO FORMAT = CINEMASCOPE
GardenCULT is a creative infotainment format forbeginners and advanced gardeners. The retro picturestyle and the unconventional camera movementas well as the authentic moderation of the show areunique. DIY instructions help the viewers to applywhat they have learned in their own garden. In everyepisode experts explain the creation of plants orgardening tools. GardenCULT takes the viewers bythe hand and with a moving camera and picturesqueimage compositions leads them through the idyllicTV-garden. In ten episodes, ten different gardens willgrow in front of the viewers' eyes.
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The Kitchen - Life Cooks!
It starts with a recipe and at the end of the day there is not only a meal, but often enough a better concept of life. A kitchen mishmash in which a wide variety of people get together to cook and chat about life. In the process they talk about a lot of personal things, enjoy belly laughs and experience intimate moments. Hussain Aleleoiy, 27, is a doctor who was forced to flee Syria because of the war. With a recipe and the photo of a stranger in his luggage, the young doctor travels to Zell am See. There he is met by Fritz Sendlhofer, 73, a Lederhosen original and passionate collector from the Pinzgau region. The two of them could not be more different - and yet Fritz the globetrotter invites the doctor from Vienna into his kitchen. Together they cook Pinzgau cheesy dumplings, Syrian gasan kabab, and rice pudding - both Austrian and Syrian style.
From honey, flour, sugar, nuts and expensive spices such as cinnamon, pepper and cloves arises a miracle of confectionery art: gingerbread. Originally, gingerbread production was closely linked to monasteries, on the one hand because around a monastery there always settled many craftsmen and on the other hand because back then only certain sections of the population, like monks, could afford the expensive spices. The documentary searches for traces across Europe: from Poland to the Czech Republic and Hungary to Austria. Gingerbread has its place in different cultures, and it always tastes like gingerbread, but always a little bit different...
The Classic Car Spell -- Passion between Rust and Chrome
They guzzle tons petrol, offer little comfort and even fewer driving aids and yet hardly anyone can resist their charm! In the first days of spring, they once more emerge from the garage into the road. There they provoke dignified admiration and risky overtaking. The documentary surveys collectors from Trabi and Opel Rekord to Porsche and Maserati as well as auction-house experts and consumer advocates on the phenomenon of classic cars. With mini cameras and maxi suction cups the dignified old cars are shown from previously unimagined angles...
Schweizer Geist - Mythen, Klischees, Wahre Werte
Die Schweiz zeigt sich gern als idyllisches Alpenland. Zwar liegt die Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft, wie sie amtlich heißt, im Herzen Europas und doch so ganz will sie auch wieder nicht dazu gehören. Seine Bewohner werden manchmal belächelt, gelten sie doch als langsam, aber auch kuckucksuhrenpräzise und unfehlbar pünktlich. Klischees über das Land mit dem Schokoladenimage gibt es viele. Der Dokumentarfilm »Schweizergeist« ist im Inneren der Schweiz auf die Suche nach «Mythen, Klischees, wahren Werten» gegangen.
Action! - The Unleashed Cameras
Action-Cameras are an essential part of the sports and video scene. From the skiing pupil to the snowboard professional, nowadays almost everybody records their sports activities. In this documentary, action cameras were installed on trains and airplanes to recreate action scenes from famous Hollywood Blockbusters. Paragliding in the Alps, bicycle tours through the forest, thrilling runs with the jet-ski and flights with an octocopter, these are just a few examples of the action-packed images in this movie.
150 Years of Splendor - Vienna's Ringstrasse
Today it belongs to the most magnificent boulevards in the whole world: «Vienna's Ringstrasse».
Emperor Franz Joseph himself inaugurated the new grand avenue in 1865, although most of the buildings were still under construction.Celebrating the 150th birthday of the «Ringstrasse» in 2015, this trilogy builds a wonderful portrait of this grandiose boulevard and its construction. Until today the impressive and spectacular buildings influenced by Vienna's imperial culture and the «Belle Epoque» create an architectural masterpiece.
Millions of tourists are coming to Vienna every year to visit well-known architecture of the neo-Gothic Vienna city hall, the classicistic parliament or the world famous Vienna State Opera.
The Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance
Whether it´s the excitement of a performance in Vienna's majestic Riding Hall, the birth of a foal in Piber, or the experience of seeing the exhausting day-to-day life of stable work - the fascinating documentary «Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance» gives an exclusive insight into the development of the «Spanish Riding School» over the last centuries. The camera accompanies the horse whisperers to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Styrian stud in Piber and to the Lower-Austrian summercamp Heldenberg and takes a look at their daily work. The result is a highly multi-facetted film, which reveals the secrets of the breeding and the extraordinary training of the Lipizzan horses.
Sweet And Sour, Hot And Spicy - Viennese Preserving Art
All these delightful ingredients used in the Viennese Preserving Art have their own history, much is known about them - but there are still a lot of mysteries that need to be unraveled!
Viennese Confectionary Art - Apart from Austrian Sacher Cake
This film takes a look behind the scenes of Viennese confectionary art and over the confectioner's shoulder, while he creates the delicious Esterházy cake, exquisite handmade sweets and chocolates or even passes his examination for his master's certificate.
What Makes Our Children Sick?
It is a dangerous paradox. Never has there been so much prosperity and at the same time so many chronically sick children as today. A study from the United States shows that at present 43 per cent of children under the age of 18 suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses. If we include morbid obesity and developmental disorders, the figure rises to 54.1 per cent. This means that completely healthy children are for the first time in a minority in an industrial country. This trend is spreading to Europe too. Is ill health really becoming more common, or are there other explanations? The documentary portrays children with typically modern conditions and looks for possible causes
The Wild, Wild East - On Horseback Through the Caucasus
"The Wild, Wild East" sets out for a horse trekking tour through the fascinating Tusheti region located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and bordered by the Russian trouble spots Chechnya and Dagestan. Amongst this fascinating, unspoiled mountainous area, far away from the modern world, lies Tusheti where people still ride horses, live in simple stonehouses and breed sheeps or cattle. The documentary shows the harsh living conditions of the inhabitants in Tusheti, their mentality and mannerism but also their sustaining nativeness and cordiality. It is an adventurous ride into the past, into the wild, wild East.
With the opening of the first cafés in Vienna, the Viennese art of confectionery became increasingly important. As early as the mid-16th century there was, for example, a designated master confectioner in the royal court. Visitors came to Vienna from all over Europe to get to the bottom of the sweet secrets of the world famous Viennese pastries and chocolates. The proverbial «Viennese» pastry clearly evokes the culinary melting pot of what was once the metropolis of the monarchy. And of course the story of «Sweet Vienna» couldn't possibly be told without the great traditional baking names: Demel, Sacher and Altmann are still exporting their pastries all over the world today.
Pepper and Wine
The «wine with a hint of pepper»: that's the Grüner Veltliner from Austria's Wine Quarter. Where in the past it was hidden away as «sorrel» in almost opaque two litre bottles, today it is marketed successfully all over the world as the «wine with a hint of pepper» and found in the more expensive reaches of drinks menus from Hollywood and New York to Shanghai. Could the Grüner Veltliner be the new ambassador of refined Austrian pleasure? With the DAC (controlled district of Austria) designation, the Wine Quarter has found a firm favourite. This film sets out on a culinary and historical journey to find out what lies behind the unmistake ablypeppery and spicy flavour of this Austrian wine.
Beer - Cult and Culture
Beer is one of the oldest and most popular drinks. It has changed over the course of the centuries and has meant liquid bread, adventure, friendship and myth. What is it that gives beer these special values? How did beer become such an important drink for every stratus of society in every part of the world? The journey through almost 10,000 years of history provides answers and insights into the cult and culture of this unique beverage. The film covers a wide span from the beginnings of brewing in the Stone Age to the present day and the future! After all, beer continues to develop in colourful fashion. Brewing trends create something completely new or breathe new life into old traditions.
Captivated by Fragrance
Fragrances are substances that have powerful abilities to signal, entice and send out messages that have a significant impact on our everyday lives. What drifts around us defines our lives whetherwe want it or not. As if by remote control, we react to it, align our opinions, our desires and - not infrequently almost as if by force - our actions to it. «Captivated by Fragrance» shows how ubiquitous odours are in our everyday lives, the affect they have on our social behaviour, the role they play in our choice of partners and careers, and what happens to us when we lose our sense of smell. The attempt to pin scent down leads to Grasse, the world capital of perfume, and to Vienna and Marrakesh.
What Happiness Is - Dragon on a Tight Rope
A journey in search of serenity. The film follows the adventures of Seekers of Happiness who travel the peaks and valleys of their land in the name of the King of Bhutan. Wishes and desires, the landscapes of the soul, are reflected in the distant Himalayas. The long isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan wants to open up to the West without succumbing to materialism. Development is measured by GNH, Gross National Happiness. In this unique project, civil servants from the Ministry of Happiness travel the country during eight months, using a questionnaire to determine the country's level of happiness. A road movie to the most distant destination of all: Happiness.
Flavours of Europe
This tasty series explores cuisine and cultures throughout Europe. On these culinary as well as literary expeditions through kitchens, vineyards, farms and landscapes, viewers will discover strange and familiar flavours and will find out more about the cultural history of Europe and its regions.
Frankfurter, Viennese, Hot Dogs - It's All About the Sausage
Viennese ham on the bone is more and more considered to be a delicious MUST on the international breakfast table. But the most famous creation of the Viennese butcher is the Frankfurter sausage, probably also known under other names too - famed worldwide as "Vienna sausage" it is the main ingredient of the hot dog.
The hot dog was born, perfect for the public at football and baseball games.
The last step in making a sausage is the skillful tying off of the skin, which the Viennese butcher still does by hand today. Everything has an end - except for the sausage - which has two.
The sausage stands as a cultural institution that occupies the space between cuisine and a place to exchange views is as much a topic of this documentary as historic observations on eating habits.
Triumph of the Tomato
The original Peruvian tomat'l -«swollen fruit»- was yellow and the Conquistadores prized it for its blossom. But in Europe under the Spanish sun its lycopene went wild; rounded and red, it became irresistible. In Austria they still call it the «paradise fruit», and in Italy the «golden apple». This was surely the real forbidden fruit in the world's first seduction! Today's obsession with shape, size and long shelf-life has reduced the once glorious tomato to mushy tastelessness. But the counter-revolution has started!
From tomato grower Erich Stekovics with his 3,200 varieties stored in nylon stockings, to tomato tsarina Irina Zacharias, saved by the red fruit after the fall of Communism. From the pizza that boosted Queen Margarita's sex life to Chinese Tomato King Li Jingfu's 32 new strains, cross-bred to feed his fellow countrymen and Joe Cocker, who serenades the crimson fruit and knows «it's Blues they like best».
This film squeezes inside the tomato - literally - to show how it manages to make itself irresistible. You'll understand why people go crazy at tomato festivals in Spain and Italy - and you may realize you have never, ever tasted a real tomato - yet!
A Culinary Journey with Wini Brugger
Biblical Indulgences - A Culinary Journey Through Israel with Star Chef Wini Brugger
Austrian star chef, Wini Brugger, reports on the food of Israel, where he spent two years working. Pita bread and Viennese schnitzel, humus and apple strudel, mutton rice and stir-fried vegetables: in the kitchen, Israel has long since solved all its problems. It may be unorthodox, but Arabs and Jews sit together with the Palestinian »Abu Shukri« in Jerusalem, whilst in Tel Aviv everyone meets at the Chinese restaurant. - Through this culinary journey, chef Wini Brugger shows that more things unite Jews and Arabs than divide them.
Chilli, Curry, Coconut - A Culinary Voyage of Discovery with Austrian Chef, Wini Brugger
Thailand is not only known for its scenic beauty and ancient cultures, but also for its culinary delights. Thai food has become an international brand that represents freshness, quality and lightness. The variety of different flavours and creative combination of seafood, vegetables and spices are the delicious result of many centuries during which far eastern tradition was blended with European colonial rule. The famous Asian cuisine specialist, Wini Brugger, sets out on a tour of the country's markets and cookshops and unearths the culture and history of Thailand through its most famous dishes.
The Scent of the Green Papaya - A Culinary Trip Through Vietnam
Food is holy in Vietnam and an art that holds communities together. Not only does this documentary present the country's different cooking styles, but also the markets, cookshops and restaurants, the scents, spices and colours of Vietnam. Wini Brugger's Indochinese cuisine was inspired not only by the film, «The Scent of the Green Papaya», but also and above all by his many trips to Vietnam.
Lost and Found
The freeride professionals Stefan Häusl and Björn Heregger proved their skills on all five continents. Now they are going back to their roots. Going back to the simplicity and remoteness of the mountains. They look for remote spots in the area and once they get there, only one thing counts.
Decanted / Wine Trails of Austria
Wine is history and the embodiment of culture and touches on chemistry, physics, biology, economics and philosophy, too. This 12-part television documentary, «Decanted», tells the story of Austrian wine, and shows that wine is far more than the usual pretty pictures of winemakers at sunset looking reflectively into their refractometers - often the only technical device that we allow them! Wine also has a commercial side. The documentary illuminates a range of aspects from the role of marketing to the wine competitions, as well as looking at the fascinating way in which wine is so closely interlinked with tourism and the local culinary art.
After a season filled with professional challengesfour Austrian pro riders go for the pure freerideadventure. They decide to visit Norway and hiketheir way through the local mountains in order tofi nd perfect runs, spectacular couloirs and somerelaxation from the pressure and the challengesof a pro freeride season. In Norway they want tocalm down and get back to the very core of freeridelifestyle and spirit. Passion, nature and time -3 reasons to Hike3.
«Let's Dance» is the story of people who have one thing in common: the love of dance. Breakdancing, ballet and Latin dance are their passions, and all have one great goal: to appear on stage. Director Florian Gebauer accompanies a Latin formation, a breaker combo and students of the Vienna State Opera ballet school on the way to the decision on success and failure. In the process, he captures the passion to dance, shows personal moments and provides some interesting insights into the extensive rehearsal and preparation work. And of course the camera is there when the curtain finally rises.
Dished Up - Flavours of Austria
Be it on an alpine peak, on the banks of the Danube or in the magnificent Ringstrasse in Vienna - landscapes with lavish meadows and splendid mountains, deep rivers and liveable historic cities where humour and aplomb are uniquely characteristic of their residents. 'Dished Up' gives viewers a glimpse of the stories of innovation, the special attitude to life and the cuisine of Austria.
The Lust for Lust - Of Mandrakes, Chilli and Viagra
The quest for an effective aphrodisiac is probably as old as mankind itself. Love potions and foods to stimulate desire or heighten the sexual experience have always held a fascination and are a constant presence throughout history. Today biochemistry makes it possible to gain a deep insight into the features and specific effects of sexual stimulants.
Stories and Histories of Famous Train Stations - Cathedrals of Volatility
Grand Central New York; London's Victoria Station or Charing Cross; the Gare du Nord in Paris; Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai; Atocha in Madrid and Haydarpascha in Istanbul; Berlin, Vienna, Cologne - the names alone promise anecdotes, adventure and technical and logistical wonders. This film documents an entire day's worth of events in some of the world's largest and most famous railway stations, highlighting a particular aspect of the comings and goings in each location. Around the world - almost - in 24 hours ...
Holy, Pure and Clean - The Triad of Water, Spirit and Body
When did we begin to wash ourselves? When we first had blood on our hands? This documentary paints a cultural and historical picture of the development and many forms of cleansing of the body.
Pioneers of Heliskiing, Snowboarding & Freestyle Skiing
New developments in skiing equipment and various new trends breathe new life into this fascinating sport. Heliskiing is more popular than ever, but hardly anyone knows who started it. Back in the 1960s Austrian immigrants Hans Gmoser and Mike Wiegele were busy inventing helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies. This lucrative business has added an interesting new dimension and image to the ski industry. Together Gmoser and Wiegele have brought alpine skiing back to its Austrian roots. Skiers can enjoy untamed nature and the spirit of freedom. A spectacular documentary on a very special way of skiing.
What Do Pannonians Eat? - A Culinary Journey
When the Roman emperor Augustus reached the province of Pannonia in the year 10 AD, he couldn't possibly have imagined the international culinary status that the region would one day enjoy. Pannonia's eventful history has influenced both the simple and refined dishes of this tradition-conscious region. From goulash to cabbage, roast goose to belly of pork - no one can resist this diverse, multicultural cuisine from Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia. A historical and culinary investigation into the flavors of Pannonia.
Lamas and Alpacas - Therapists in Woollen Pullovers
With their brown googly eyes, wispy coat and gentle manner, lamas and their close relatives, alpacas, are animals that touch the soul. As such, a number of social institutions have been using the animals in recent years in therapy, particularly for disturbed children, victims of abuse or people with psychological problems. This documentary shows lamas and alpacas in their less prominent role as therapeutic animals and the rebranding of their image - from sources of wool and pack animals for trekking to animals of healing.
Zander, Wine and Sunset - A Culinary Insight
Stewed sirloin of beef with red wine sauce or Halaszle, the famous fish soup in which zander, pike, catfish and carp are harmoniously blended together - these are just two of the many special dishes of the Lake Neusiedl region, a world cultural heritage site in the heart of Europe. Guests are spoilt for choice in this region of culinary richness. Fed by the Pannonian sun and protected by a national park, where the region has developed a top-class cuisine. Locally grown food and traditional production methods ensure a level of indulgence rarely achieved.
Love Potions and Magic Meals
This four part documentary takes the viewer on a culinary journey through the heart of Europe.
Spirit of Ski
Spirit of Ski is a film series about freeriding that aims to combine spectacular off-piste skiing action with atmospheric grooves and breathtaking shots. Spirit of Ski conveys the protagonists' sheer delight at the free and unrestrict ed movement possible in their Alpine surroundings, their great love of snow sports and respect for the beautiful yet rugged land scape through which they move all over the world.
Heroes, Cult and Kitchen
History is not just history and a cuisine is not just cuisine. Since time immemorial food, and methods of its preparation, has been closely bound to historical facts, myths and adventures. This six part series takes the viewer on a culinary journey from antiquity to the present day and artfully fashions the deeds and misdeeds of warriors and heroes, as well as everyday miracles, into a mosaic of dishes, rumours and history. From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the Phoenicians and Romans, crusaders and Venetians. From the Spanish to the Turks and from the individual adventurers of antiquity to today's internationally networked bands of art thieves. Countless and varied landscapes, as well as the authentic portrayal of their inhabitants, their cuisine and way of thinking, brings to life the mysterious history of the Mediterranean region in breathtaking pictures.
These rather unconventional documentaries follow the trails of famous composers. Vivaldi, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, Puccini or Rossini - not only are their musical gems being featured, but also their respective culinary passions. Besides portraying their homelands with its people and picturesque sceneries, the documentaries focus on the culinary preferences of these famous men. From simple pleasures to lush and exquisite specialties - their tastes were at least as different as their compositions turned out to be!
Those That Can Cure are Always Right
Many people, including doctors, are sceptical about the effects of alternative medicine and such therapies are often not recognised or subsidised by state health systems. This documentary explores the complexity of sickness and health and shows doctors who employ both standard and alternative therapies or explore the middle ground between the two. Can complementary therapies add something to conventional medicine and help to contain the exploding cost of healthcare? Is holistic medicine the way of the future - even without the support of lobby groups and pharmaceutical companies?
Paracelsus - Man is his own Medicine
Paracelsus - a philosopher, physician, alchemist and field researcher of traditional European folk medicine.
Paracelsus rejected theoretical learning; for him only his experience and the observations he had made on his travels throughout Europe counted.His aim was to understand the true nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos, and he sought ways to produce genuinely curative medicines with whose help he hoped to be able to create in man a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Even in his day Paracelsus had discovered man's ability to heal himself.What remains of Paracelsus' holistic view of the world in today's system of medicine?We found people who look to Paracelsus and apply his knowledge of holistic healing in a practical way:anthroposophical physicians, naturopaths, pharmacists and spagyricists, exponents of astromedicine and herbalism as well as representatives of the EU platform for complementary medicine.
The Future of Ageing
Humanity has been confronted with a new problem. The world's population is ageing at an increasing speed while the birth rate is falling - and not just in developed countries. Naturally these new projections have a significant political dimension too: the declining birth rate is having a negative impact on economic growth, education is becoming more expensive etc. This documentary takes a look at the question of ageing and the changes that it is bringing to the community - including the biological processes of ageing cells and tissue and how best to safeguard health and quality of life as one gets older. Moreover it tries to offer solutions how to make our environment more «elderly friendly» through changes to infrastructure, city planning and technological advances.
The Edelweiss Enigma
High up in the European Alps grows a little flower with cult-like status known to millions around the globe. Once picked, it will keep its shape and colour for hundreds of years and thus boosted many myths and secrets - the Edelweiss. Besides prominently featured in a song from the film »Sound of Music« it stands in as a trademark-symbol for all kinds of products and things, even for beer or a French astronomy project. Called »The Everlasting Flower« by Asian people the Edelweiss is used as a medicine by Buddhist doctors, for lighting fires as well as firing guns. Now scientists have revealed an astounding prospect. Edelweiss, the flower of memory, may be a key to human memory.
From the European Alps to the Steppes of Mongolia, through nature, culture, myth and medicine, the Edelweiss Enigma goes in search of the truth behind a flower that has captured peoples' imaginations for centuries. Combining blue chip images, rare archive, playful animation, and characters that will have you singing along - the Edelweiss Enigma shows what can happen when myths become reality.
Life for the Queen
Any beekeeper can produce honey, candles, mead and ointments. That's why master beekeeper Peter Unterberger decided to specialise in breeding queen bees. It's a difficult undertaking that requires lots of patience and intuition. This documentary follows the internationally renowned beekeeper over several months as he produces his niche product. Additionally the busy expert beekeeper, whose family has kept bees for generations, holds numerous courses at his idyllic «bee farm», in which he passes on his unparalleled knowledge. Without any ifs and buts, it's a bee-autiful life!
Cows in Jackets - Advertising Unlimited
The world of classic marketing is changing rapidly. «Ambient Media» is the magic word that describes the fast growing sector of new non-classic forms of advertising which are deployed directly into the social environment of their target group and takes the advertising industry «out onto the streets». In doing so the industry employs increasingly radical tricks to awaken desire and attract attention. This film calls on the most creative people in the advertising world in 25 world metropolises and gets their opinion on this new branch of advertising.
Heavenly Lust and Kosher Sex
«Heavenly lust and kosher sex»- in Judaism a fulfilling sex life is expected, although only within the confines of marriage. Sex for Jews is not only about procreation but also lust and enjoyment. Women, as well as men, have a chartered right to it, which naturally has had an effect on Jewish culture, both religious and secular. Jewish women are the centre of their families and have a pronounced sense of self esteem. This film concerns itself with these and other fundamental Jewish attitudes to love and sex. The role of sex in the Torah is investigated, together with Jewish obligations and prohibitions regarding sexuality, including the function of sexual abstinence during menstruation and the customs surrounding marriage and weddings.
Pictures in the Sky - The Art of Pyrotechnics
Fiery explosions flash across the night sky, while a thunderous rumbling accompanied by symphonic music leaves those watching struck with amazement. The work of master pyrotechnicians is an art. The planning, construction and choreography with music, as well as the organisation and design must all function precisely, if the audience is to be carried away. Pyrotechnician Christian Czech has reached the top of the profession: all over the world he creates fireworks displays with increasingly complex scenarios and scripts. A look behind the scenes at the day to day work of these directors of fire.
How The Computer Became Personal
Video surveillance everywhere, the possibility to tap telephones and mobiles as well as to monitor internet traffic: what George Orwell foretold in his grim futuristic novel of 1949 has today, at least in part, become reality. Fate decreed that Orwell's book title, «1984», would anticipate the year that saw the beginnings of the development of the computer technology. The documentary travels back to the Orwellian year 1984 and traces the most important stages of the computer from its then natural environment to the present day in our homes.
Mad About Machines
Man and machine. From time to time this connection throws up some strange stories - love stories. In «Love of Machines» we follow people whose passion is to give life to machines and who are enlivened by them in turn. These supposedly inanimate objects acquire a soul in their eyes, defi ne their lives, and are a source of happiness that sometimes leads to a fervent devotion that can quickly become self-destruction. It is about people who not only use machines, but who also truly love them. With all of the consequences and «side effects» that love can bring - puppy love, absent-mindedness, melancholy and sadness. In these relationships happiness and disappointment go hand in hand, just as in human relationships, although for those who are in love with a machine these feelings are doomed to remain unrequited. The protagonists' refl ections on their passion convey an idea of how far love for a machine can go and of the light that this sheds on their relationships with other human beings.
Shoes: everyone needs them, everyone wears them. But there is much more in shoes than their practical purpose. In fact, it's quite the contrary: Shoes determine our daily outfit, with shoes we express our individuality and our attitudes towards life, they are adornment and objects of fashion; and very often objects of desire. For centuries, shoes have been part of everyday life. Shoes do not only reflect the history of fashion, but also the social and cultural changes which have taken place. Starring among others are Manolo Blahnik, who is said to have established the connection between feet and sex, Carine Roitfeld, the chief editor of the French edition of the Vogue magazine or Valerie Steele, the shoe historian and curator of the New York Fashion Museum. »Shoe Stories« is an informative, entertaining, amazing and sometimes shrill exploration of an indispensable object of everyday life.
A Woman's Race to the Top of the World
The heroes and legends of international mountain climbing are all men - at least so far. However a new alpine race has grabbed the world's attention: three women are competing to become the first to conquer all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks. This documentary follows the efforts of Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, on her attempt to be the first woman to succeed in this endeavour. K2 is one of only two peaks that she hasn't yet conquered. Spectacular and dramatic images captured the ascent and ongoing struggle against overwhelming forces of nature, snow and icy storms in the «death zone».
Fasting - A Journey to Freedom
Along with the trend for all things wellness related, fasting has also come back into fashion. However, where in the beginning it was mainly a means of losing weight, today it is increasingly regarded as a spiritual experience. Fasting can mean many things - but above all concentrating on the essential, getting back to oneself. The film «Fasting - A Journey to Freedom» travels with the public from place to place. In the process it uncovers the fundamental principles of the Christian practice of fasting in the world of today.
In countless cultures, wine has been established as the beverage of choice when it comes to ritual acts. The cultural connection between wine and cult is rooted deep within us. Nowadays, oenologists, sommeliers and «winepopes» have taken the place of high priests. Wine-critics like James Parker are considered the new prophets and wine- literature such as Gambero Rosso is treasured as the new Holy Scriptures. The documentary embarks on a journey to look for the various manifestations of this phenomenon.
Chocolate, truffles or even pralines - temptation takes many forms and its specialities often turn our heads. This film is dedicated to the production of chocolate, from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the making by hand, while also looking into its fascinating history. Prize winning master chocolatiers tell of their efforts to give the sweet temptation a personal touch through their own creations and constant experiments. Whether it's chocolate refined with essential oils from France or produced with incense (which is a great hit in the Vatican) - every taste is well catered for.
Rosé and Green Gold - Culinary Delights from Styria
The rolling hills and lush green landscape of the Austrian province of Styria offer two culinary treasures of international significance. The high quality rosé wine «Schilcher», pressed from a variety of blue grapes, which is only grown in this region, is a delight even for the most spoilt palate. And those lured by the aroma of freshly pressed Styrian pumpkin seed oil to taste this «green gold», will become immediately aware of the power within. A culinary tidbit of the special kind introducing stunning landscapes, local people, their culture and traditions.
Round and Tasty - A Cultural History of the Dumpling
Round is not always round. Starting from the dawn of history, the dumpling has conquered almost all of Europe and the wider world beyond. Every region and every epoch in which this nutritious and tasty round delicacy has been eaten, has contributed to the variety of dumplings available today. The many dozens of dumpling creations give an insight into the history of this high calorie food, full of secrets, stories and anecdotes, and its development up to the present day.
Vienna Woods - A Region of Delights
Sustainable development has become more fashionable today than ever before, with agriculture also pioneering new methods. Understanding, participation and enjoyment serve as background information about the management of cultural landscapes by cattle and dairy farms, vineyards, horse stables, timber yards and restaurants. This documentary shows, the necessity and means of extensive and sustainable quality development by which resources can be managed and conserved while helping nature to thrive.
Apples and Pears - On the Trail of Ancient Fruit
A look into the past, which might, at the same time, also be a glimpse of our future. This documentary focuses on fruit species that have largely been forgotten in recent decades, but whose diversity is now being rediscovered and is increasing in importance. These include Austrian pear varieties such as the Hirschbirne, Speckbirne and Muehlwiesenbirne and numerous ancient species of apple. However the programme does not just show impressive apple and pear trees in idyllic orchards and the giants of the fruit tree world. Rather the hunt leads back too to traditional habitats and the rural population, which has lived in harmony with nature's annual cycle for centuries.
Coffee Express - A Journey Through the World of Coffee
Coffee, the drink for which there are one hundred different recipes. However even the main recipe remains something of a secret.
Nature stubbornly continues to guard the mystery that lies behind the aroma of coffee. Scientists have so far been unable to unlock this secret, while the formula that produces the taste of coffee also remains largely unexamined. So what exactly is coffee? And what determines its quality? After arousing our curiosity, this documentary takes us on a journey from coffee plantations in Brazil and Ethiopia to European roasting plants and coffee producers. On the way we discover a variety of methods for making coffee and hear unique anecdotes about this very
Good Sex - The Sense of Joy
«There are moments when you become one, when you melt away and you begin to sense the divine in both yourself and your partner. That's good sex with a spiritual dimension.»
But what is the secret behind joy and a fun and healthy sex life? How does society or culture deals with this topic? This film records how a variety of men and women discovered sex and how they perceive and continue to rediscover it all over again. They talk not only about the values they place on sex as a part of their well-being but also give away the conditions under which they experience «good» sex, remembering sexual experiences that have been formative in their lives. A very personal view about the significance of sex and its evolvement over the course of life.
Chefs Around the World
A thrilling tour de cuisine - 14 countries, 14 chefs, 14 philosophies, 14 celebrities! Cooking Excellency meets extraordinary chefs meets culinary capitals.
Scent of Heaven and Hell - A Cultural History of Ritual Fragrances
No matter which deities men worship across the globe, the fragrance of given substances has always played a key part in expressing desire or gratitude, in uttering execrations or lamentations. Gustav W. Trampitsch has traveled the world in pursuit of this phenomenon. The film features a visual and acoustic documentation of the elusive, magical world of ritual scent.
Pumpkins - Old Myths and Liquid Gold
The pumpkin as a cultivated plant comes in a very special quality. From a botanical point of view, it is the world's largest berry. Aficionados call the pumpkin «King of the Garden». Through hundreds of years of cultivation, many different forms and varieties have evolved. Today, the pumpkin has turned into an object of cult. Many myths, rites and religions, who have survived through the millenniums, refer to it. In everyday life, pumpkins are found in various forms: as a versatile food with many «talents», as the centre of countless artistic displays and as object of worship.
Beautiful but poisonous above ground and unsightly but nutritious beneath - throughout history no other vegetable has been the subject of so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation as the potato. This film takes up the search for its origins and seeks to discover how it became one of the world's most important staple foods. Starting from a small Pacific island off the coast of southern Chile, the journey leads over the heights of the Peruvian Andes to Prussia, Ireland and finally to Austria, accompanied by amazing and tragic stories about the potato.
The First Bite - A Cultural History of the Apple
Like wine, bread and oil, the apple is one of the essential foods embedded in myths and legends. It also stands as the classic fruit of immortality, seduction, love and eroticism. The documentary follows the path of the apple throughout the different cultures up to today - all the way from biblical paradise to becoming the symbol of the world's most fascinating city, New York.
It accompanies two young alpine mountaineers enjoying nearly all forms of wild waters - climbing a frozen cataract up to the glacier regions in the winter, to ride on roaring falls down to narrow gorges leading to increasingly powerful waters when spring awakens. Using cameras mounted on special-design ropeway constructions, special effects were achieved in filming rafting trips through the ravine and passing over rapids. The feature ends in a rafting trip on the spating river Isel, culminating in a ride on the waves and rollers of the »wild water«.
Pepper - Grain of Fire
Peppercorns are hot stuff - not only inside. The history of pepper is inextricably woven into wars and cruel personal histories, breath-taking careers and speculations. Columbus had set out to discover India, the land where the pepper grows - and found America. Vasco da Gama eventually came to India's Malabar Coast at Cochin, the city of pepper. The history of pepper also reflects colonialism at its most cruel. Is pepper thus a substance of nightmares? Not at all. Or, at least, not only.
On(e) Line Life - Play Hard, Go Pro
LAN parties, online gaming and cyber-communities are everyday reality. Besides the multitude of new possibilities offered by gaming new problems arise: often virtual adventures have come to replace interaction in the real world. «On(e)line life» tells the story of several video game players, from their first contact with gaming to their eventual addiction and gives an insight into some little known, morally questionable principles of the gaming industry.
Fashion Design from Top to Toe
Be it the style icon Sisi, whose court purveyors exported gloves and hats across the world; the fashion designer Adelmüller, who rose to international fame with his costume designs for films starring Paula Wessely or Zarah Leander; painter Klimt's muse Emilia Flöge, who headed a noted fashion boutique during the days of the Vienna Secession movement; or Jean-Paul Gaultier and Chantal Thomass, whose collections are inspired by Austrian folkloric costumes: Fashion has always been celebrated as intensely pleasurable throughout time. One chapter is explicitly devoted to traditional garments such as the popular Germanic costumes worn during the Nazi era, or the African dresses flaunted on festive occasions. The film by Frederick Baker and Sandra Fasolt, the makers of BBC/ARENA productions such as "Imagine, Imagine", forays the Austrian fashion world both past and present, and relates stories about garments, from the luxurious Baroque period to minimalist modernism.
Entire branches of industry have devoted themselves to making light products, "fat-free" artificial fat and miracle pills in the service of the slender cult. Large scale studios show that the consumption of fat has no direct connection with obesity or coronary illness. For fat is not just fat. The inhabitantzs of the Greek island of Crete are the healthiest Europeans with the highest longevity. At the same time they enjoy a lifestyle that includes rather a lot of fat. 40 percent of the calories they consume come from their high intake of olive oil. Greeks who left their country and moved to Australia 37 years ago, took on the local habits of nutrition and with them the local health statistics: they suffer more often from coronary illness, cancer and overweight. American studies also show that the body apparently gauges itself to its own individual set-point. If it gets too much energy, then it needs a lot, and vice versa. Many diets appear to fail because of the set-point. After following a low-energy level diet, the organism cannot readjust again to one that burns more energy. As a result, the kilograms shed with great hunger pains are frequently put back on again at a quick pace.
The Big Feast - A Culinary Time Travel
The film takes us on a culinary time travel through the millenniums: a history of greed and indulgence, moderation and deprivation, feast and fast. Actors Ann-Kathrin Kramer and Harald Krassnitzer are hosting the documentary. The two popular TV-stars cook up historic meals, share anecdotes about the history of eating and engage in humorous dialogues about indulgence and greed.
Holy Oil - A Cultural History of Olive Oil
From prehistoric times, to the beginning of the Common Era and up until the modern day, olive oil was and is still used for holy rituals. This film also shows the economic side of this valuable staple food: from depictions of primitive pressing methods, to early oil mills to today's modern olive oil processing operations.
The Power of the Grain - History of a Survival Food
The cultural history of bread as a formidable source of energy looks at the origins of the grain and reviews its economic and spiritual significance in various cultures. The film takes us on a 45-minute journey through times and across different cultures, stopping at all important sites. Myths, legends and customs as well as literary quotations round off a universal topography of bread in its cultural dimension.
Corn - A Handful of Life
Yet maize - like rice - is a staple diet for a large segment of the world's population. Indeed, for many people a handful of maize is - quite literally - their only «daily bread». This documentary explores not only the history and the geographical propagation of maize, but also its enormous economic and (more recently) political importance dealing with the topics of genetic manipulations or its use as eco-fuel.
Swinging Ski in Austria
This short program has been designed for both domestic and international audiences. Due to the length of 10 minutes per episode and being accompanied by music without commentary this is the ideal filler! A 30 minute digest can also be supplied on request.
Gefilte Fish and Baba Ganush - A Jewish Cooking Show
In the Jewish culture, cooking and consumption are intimately related to religion: Dietary laws provide what kind of nourishments may be consumed,´when and in which manner. And the tradition holds that Sabbath, the weekly day of rest, as well as most other holidays are celebrated with a feast at home. Join a Jewish family as they cook selected traditional dishes ranging from Gefilte fish, Chrane, Matzo Ball Soup or Cholent to Levantine food as it is prepared in Israel. A culinary approach to a fascinating culture.
No Kissing - Indian Cinema in Tyrol
While other film productions often use just the mountain backdrop for editing in a video clip or a song, this Indian director has opted to set his story in Innsbruck - and when the Indian film stars fall into each others' arms in the midst of Tyrol's Alpine pastures, they can do anything they want - except kiss, that is, which is prohibited due to India's strict censorship laws.
Meat - Between Tabu and Delicacy
Killed, butchered, sacrificed and eaten - whether we like it or not: Our cultural history is inseparably tied to the meat of dead animals. From Abel's meaty sacrifice to antic priests performing oracles involving bowels to ritual killings of Aztec youngsters - it is all about meat. Hunting techniques are featured in the documentary as well as livestock husbandry now and then. The culinary travels lead us from the early methods of food - preservation to the delicacy of a Viennese soupstew all the way to the tender seduction coming from Kobe-Beef.
Third Age Moving
Never before in human history has it been possible to reach such a ripe old age as it is today. A historically recent development of modern society, it is therefore no wonder that the general public has not yet properly adjusted to it. Institutions for education and further education in the «golden years» have hardly been established. Thoroughly researched personal portraits and model projects from all over Europe highlight new ways and create an appetite for finding the latent treasures of age pointing to alternative as well as visionary paths to the society of the future.
Seals & Stamps - The History of Marking
Six and a half thousand years ago, merchants of the Indus Valley Civilization already used metal customs stamps for their trading activities with Mesopo tamia. Covering different periods in time and space, the film features the history of marking - from its beginnings on Babylonian clay tablets and cylinder seals to medieval lords' seals and, last but not least, modern self-inking stamps.
World's Best Female Mountaineer
Now, she is on the Way to be the first woman to have conquered all of the world's 8000 metre peaks. This exclusive portrait delivers an intimate view of one of the world's best mountaineers, explaining her rigid training methods and showing film clips from the successful Broad Peak ascent as well as from the failed K2 expedition. Experience first hand what it takes to empathise with everyday life under extreme conditions!
Noble Sweets - A History of Temptation
Currently, cooking is the IN to do, especially since Jamie Oliver and company have taken over our TV screens. But those who entice us with aromafilled cakes and mouth-watering chocolates still do their good works in the dark. So what would be more natural than highlighting them in a portrait of Austria's pastry lords (and ladies) - a documentary that serves up not just a delicious sweet course but also a choice of cultural bonbons with a filling of love stories.
But yoga is much more than that: Yoga is the journey to the inner self, the fusion with the universe, the becoming one with the Divine. So it is written in the holy scriptures of Vedanta. Yoga leads to true love, to experiencing the pure existence, to consummate knowledge und boundless beatitude. Dr. Jamuna Mishra - brahmin, priest, philosopher, teacher of yoga and Ayurveda-physician - shows what yoga really means and how the people of India for thousands of years have integrated yoga into their lives. Coming from Khajuraho in Northern India, Mishra leads us through «his» spiritual India and explains the philosophy of yoga.
The Herminator School - How Winners Are Made
The report seeks answers to this question by accompanying the next generation of hopefuls at the ski schools of Schladming and Stams. The camera follows the sportsmen and women through the tight daily schedule between school and the "power plants". It shows the methods and tricks their trainers use in stamping out the tiniest flaws of coordination and snow training, and how mental barriers are handled in the Qi Gong course. In addition to the sensitive portraits of young Austrian skiers, a star-lit group of ski legends also have their say. From the 1964 Olympics winner Olga Pall to Toni Sailer, Karl Schranz, Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Franz Klammer and the current shooting star Benni Raich, the ski idols give the next generation a glimpse of the secrets of their success. They also comment on the future of the ski circus and offer surprising explanations for the phenomenon, Hermann Maier.
Coffee - En Route from Orient to Occident
This documentary takes us on a cultural expedition through history and describes the marriage of culture and pleasure from the 15th century to our days. First only in use in the Islamic world, coffee was predominantly consumed on ceremonial occasions - until the advent of coffee houses, originally reserved for men only. A previously illegal «drug» became the centre of everyday cultural development.
Maximum Male Beauty
Some men are more vain than women. They spend hours in the bathroom and run to the gym, where they work on developing a "sixpack". They dress like young people and some even try to disguise their true age. But why? From the biblical David to our modern David Beckham- has the ideal of male beauty really changed? This documentary attempts to discover what the new role model for men might be by asking cultural historians, ethnologists, plastic surgeons and celebrities about their attitudes to beauty and about the delusions of masculinity.
A Fairy Tale - How Austria Came To Be European Football Champion
The Austrias national team is victorious both against Switzerland in the quarter finals and against Germany in the semifinals. The joy and euphoria of the whole country lends wings to the Austrian players feet: In the last minute, their team wins the final against the Netherlands. After the victory the trainer of the lucky team as well as other football experts like Franz Beckenbauer, Otto Rehhagel and Giovanni Trapattoni have their say. Last but not least, the President and the Chancellor of Austria as well as different sportsmen and entertainers put in words their excitement about Austrias victory.
The Treasure of Books
In his film, director Martin Ambrosch delves into a historical mystery story: In 1665, a shipload full of invaluable illuminated scripts departed from the Tyrolian castle of Ambras heading for Vienna, where the consignment - the library that Ferdinand II had set up - was to be accepted by Emperor Leopold I. However, part of the books had disappeared, ships foundered. Centuries later, many a piece of value would resurface, water-stained, on antique markets. This film unveils the secrets that modern book research has brought to light.
Rediscovering Freedom - The Puch 500
No other car conjures up the spirit of Europe in the 1950's as strongly as the Puch 500, lovingly known as the «elephant's roller skate» or the «snog-ball». What 50 years ago was a symbol of economic advancement is today an expression of personality, or a kind of substitute metal dog. With the aid of archival footage and the reminiscences of former drivers and Puch collectors the film evokes a compelling sense of nostalgia.
The Beautiful Shall Inherit the Earth
This development has begun to change attitudes held by individuals, as well as by societies. Hardly anyone would choose to fly in the face of prevailing beauty norms if presented with the opportunity to remodel his body. The consequence: more and more people are gravitating toward a uniform beauty ideal. What does this putative perfecting of the human body mean for society, which has always drawn on its wealth of diversity? This documentary takes a look behind the scenes at the consequences of this global obsession with beauty.
Where Crystal and Marvel Merge
In his documentary, Kurt Mayer embarks on a journey through these worlds: to the 3D-animated Planet of Crystal, to the Crystal Dome that leads into the inner sanctuary of the crystal, and to the Crystal scope, the world's largest kaleidoscope. Using its own particular aesthetic approach, this film investigates our fascination with crystals, while at the same time, Kurt Mayer gives us an insight into the suggestive possibilities of themed attractions that offer new and unique experiences, allowing even adults to forget themselves, not unlike little children at play.
I Love My Car!
Their aesthetic and design bedazzle millions of people - but while for most of us cars are just basic commodities, for others they are more than simply a means of transportation. This special kind of people are not enraptured by the views of their cars only. They are eager to listen to their «language», smell their «bodies» and feel their power. Luckily for the many avid collectors, an art form of its own has developed in no time and today's car makers sell an image and a lifestyle along with their latest model. This documentary portrays some remarkable car lovers and depicts their very personal relationship to their fourwheeled companions.
Yugo 45 - The Worst Car in the World
One rarely finds an object with as much significance as the Yugo 45. This small car embodies, in its way, the whole history of a country now confined to the history books - the country that was once known as Yugoslavia.Introduced in 1980 it was the first locally produced car in Josip Broz Tito's great empire. A quarter of a century later, the Yugo is still rolling along and even made it into famous Hollywood action films. Although parts may occasionally be missing and the motor is prone to overheating, the car remains a symbol of Yugoslavian national pride.
Green Gold - Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil
Besides its vineyards, crystal clear green lakes, old castles, historic summer residences and monasteries, it also produces culinary attractions. Specifically Styrian wines, sweet chestnuts and pumpkin seed breads make up the distinguished flavor of the region, but one product stands out: The Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. Production is complex and sophisticated, a long road has to be travelled before a bottle of Original Styrian PumpkinSeed Oil can hit the shelf. Many small farms still produce the «Green Gold» applying old traditions with a lot of handcraft. It is a task that requires utmost diligence.
The Genesis of Wine
Austrian winegrowers rank top among wine-growers and wine-lovers over the world. The film team crossed fascinating stretches of Austrian vineyards in a hot-air balloon, and climbed down deep into centuries-old vaults to track the secrets of wine-growing. From sprouting vines and ripening grapes to the patient labour of winegrowers with the maturing wine, and the variegated animal and plant communities in the vineyards and cellars - the documentary provides splendid and sublime images of the art of Austrian viticulture through the passage of the seasons.
Con Amore, Pomodori - Tomatoes Concquer the World
Tomato, synonym apple of love, Italian pomodoro - some of the names given to a very special fruit: Originally reaching Europe from the mountainous regions of Bolivia and Peru via Mexico, tomatoes began to conquer the world in sweeping triumph. For many centuries, tomatoes had remained undiscovered, a gift of nature hitherto unknown. Nowadays, the globall linked, chubby red darling of all is a staple in our daily diet. The film features the rise of the tomato from once despised «devil's stuff» to our ubiquitous «apple of love».
The Wild Seventies
This «high attitude» documentary tells the story of the small mountaineering elite that laid the foundations for professional alpinism during the «The Wild Seventies». Their former members look back on those days, when they went on expeditions, researched its required medical foundations and put Alpine sponsoring on its way. The year 2008 also sees the 30th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Austrians. On 3 May 1978, Wolfgang Nairz, Robert Schauer and Horst Bergmann, together with Ang Phu, stood on the summit of the highest mountain on Earth. Only 5 days before Messner and Habeler changed the face of professional alpinism forever.