Carl Maria von Weber's The Marksman
Carl Maria von Weber's «The Marksman» is a founding piece of German Romantic Opera. This gruesome tale tells the story of Max, a young hunter's dream of marrying Agathe, a rich heiress. For this, he must shoot on target but makes a pact with the devil to make his dream come true. The devil has other plans for the young couple. Can Max avoid the fate dawning on both his lady and himself?
The Land of Smiles - Mörbisch Festival
Experience the touching love story between Lisa, a girl from Vienna, and the Chinese prince Sou-Chong who are governed by different cultures and social conventions. "The Land of Smiles" is perhaps the most impassioned of all the operettas and never fails to touch the hearts of every member of the audience. The romantic operetta is performed on the world's largest operetta stage against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Neusiedl.
"Yummy" - Cooking With Kids
Neben dem gemeinsamen Kochen liefert »Schmatzo« interessante Informationen rund um die Themen Kochen, gesunde Ernährung und den bewussten Umgang mit Lebensmitteln. Und auch Tischdekoideen sind Teil der Sendung.
"Yummy" - WOW Factor Cooking
In this cooking show, kids aged 7 and above let their imagination loose. In every episode, Chef Alexander Kumptner presents the kids with an ingredient, which they use, chop, cook and personalize as they please. This chef always lends a helping hand and is never out of tricks. He's even more inventive when it comes to leftovers. Do you like apples? He'll show you how to make tea out of apple peelings. That way, nothing goes to waste!
Schmatzo - Kochen mit WOW ist ein TV-Format für Kinder ab 7 Jahren, das jedes Wochenende im Kinderprogramm »okidoki« auf ORFeins ausgestrahlt wird. Die Koch-Show wird von Haubenkoch Alexander Kumptner moderiert, der gemeinsam mit drei Kinder-Teams köstliche Gerichte zubereitet. Thema der Sendung ist stets ein bestimmtes Nahrungsmittel, wie zum Beispiel der Apfel, Nudeln oder Spinat. Alex präsentiert den drei Teams je ein Gericht, das die Kinder dann mit Gewürzen und weiteren Zutaten verfeinern dürfen. Dabei steht ihnen Alex mit Tipps und Tricks zur Seite. Anschließend dürfen die Teams ihre eigenen Gerichte vollenden, indem sie sie auf bunten Tellern anrichten, mit Blüten garnieren oder auf Spießen neu präsentieren. So entstehen zum Beispiel rosafarbene Kartoffel-Püree-Geister, Back-Hendl-Salat am Spieß oder lustige Haferbrot-Sandwiches. Der Fantasie der Kinder sind keine Grenzen gesetzt. Bei Schmatzo wird nichts weggeschmissen, deswegen zeigt Alex wie man aus Resten tolle und einfache Gerichte zaubern kann. Aus Eiklar wird ein fluffiges Omelett gebraten und aus Apfelschale ein gesunder Tee gekocht. Jede Sendung zeigt, wie vielfältig ein Nahrungsmittel sein kann und schafft auf verspielte Art einen verantwortungsbewussten Umgang mit Essen.
Big and small miracles, spectacular as well as hidden sensations all feature in the popular science magazine for children "7 Wonders", created and hosted by Thomas Brezina. He and Nelson, his pilot, are travelling the world in their flying Wonder Express «Crazy Lola» to present seven wonders per show - be it the Dead Sea (where Thomas likes to read a newspaper whilst swimming), the language of dolphins, historical sensations that still astound us today or «do it yourself wonders» that show children how they too can create something amazing. There are things to marvel at, not only far away, but right around the corner.
A North Korean Diary
My first visit to North Korea was in 2005, when the regime was still ruled by Kim Jong Il. The country had not yet admitted to possessing nuclear weapons, but I found it strange that Western media showed such disinterest towards this isolationist state: why were they ignoring a country that still ran concentration camps?
A Walk on the Wild Side - The Vienna Prater
Vienna's Prater, an expanse of woodland at the heart of one of the world's great cities, was created by the Danube, and shaped by humans over the centuries. Today it is still a remarkable natural oasis. On warm summer days Viennese and tourists flock to the Prater in their thousands. The iconic Big Wheel offers spectacular views of Vienna's urban and wild sides, but few get to see the hidden dramas all around them - the beavers, badgers, roe deer and giant butterflies that take over as soon as the people have left. This film rediscovers the secret residents and surprising wildlife of Europe's oldest pleasure gardens. Specially developed remote cameras with infrared lighting reveal the everyday (or rather night-) life of a badger family, without disturbing these shy nocturnal burrowers.
A Wolf's Choice - Family or Freedom?
The wolf is a predator. Big teeth and a bloody mouth. Meant to put fear in young and old alike. And yet, why did the writer Rudyard Kipling place his protagonist boy-hero Mowgli in a wolf pack? Interesting, isn't it? What does a wolf really think of his wolf family? Does he choose to live with his family, or maybe it's better to be alone, to have freedom and not depend on anyone? We have a unique opportunity to observe the real relationships between the wolves of a wild forest. We follow a pair of loving wolves, we see the true life of a lone wolf--we are embedded in the wolf pack. One film exposes all aspects of a wolf's life. We are made aware of what Mowgli already knows, what is the «Wolf's Choice-Family or Freedom»?
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.
Across Vienna's Bridges
1716. This isn't a date, but the number of bridges in the city of Vienna. That's four times as many as there are in Venice. If you can't believe it, bear in mind that some of them are invisible. Gigantic bridges above branches of the Danube lie under the Narschmarkt or even the Hauptbahnhof.
Ageing in Paradise
Alzheimer's and other types of dementia are increasingly becoming a scourge of humanity. Around 35 million people worldwide are affected and that number is rising. Successful treatment seems far off in the future. That's why it's even more important to allow patients to age in dignity. There is an 'Alzheimer's Village' near Amsterdam. Thanks to attentive care dementia sufferers are able to lead the most normal lives there possible in the familiarity of a Dutch village. In Thailand dementia sufferers from Switzerland and Germany are looked after in the 'Village of Forgetting'. Nursing homes that offer good and inexpensive care for elderly people from the West are booming in Eastern Europe too. Ageing in Paradise has taken a look at the different models of care and examines the economic and moral problems that society has to face in light of an ageing population.
Humans are, in theory, able to live up to 120 years. We often complain about the burden of ageing population. But, as proven by several cases in Denmark and Norway, the new elderly live and stay healthy longer than previous generations if they retire later instead of being cast aside. Supportive social systems grant them higher pensions than previous generations. How do today's pensioners spend their days? They join new housing projects, local projects and various clubs; they travel, exercise, play music or go back to University. Some are still working professionals at 70 thanks to tailored part-time contracts. "70 is the new 60" and "At the heart of society even in old age" are the new mottos.
Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air
Love knows no bounds. It doesn't care about social status, regulations or laws. Love follows its own path. Also, if this leads into ruin as with the graceful Aida and Radames. Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm succeeded with his opulent staging of Verdi's masterpiece in showing opera stars like Kristin Lewis (Aida), Martin Muehle (Radames), Annunziata Vestri (Amneris) under the musical direction of Alfred Eschwé.
All Eyes On the Mediterranean Route
Discussing the current situation of the sea routefrom Libya to Europe.
An Almost Impossible Friendship - Rabbi, Priest and Imam
A rabbi, a priest and an imam meet ... What sounds like the start of a joke, really happened: «An almost impossible friendship» followed the three men from Austria to the Holy Land, where together they visited the most significant places of pilgrimage for their religions and discussed the similarities and differences between them. Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister, Father Ferenc Simon and Imam Ramazan Demir. A film about how it is not always easy, but nevertheless possible, for Jews, Christians and Muslims to live together.
An Outdoor Parlour - Traveling like in Imperial Times
From the days of the Habsburg monarchy, the Adriatic coast, the Salzkammergut, Lakes Garda and Worthersee, and the Dolomites were the most exclusive destinations for upper classes and nobility. People travelled to the countryside with all the amenities of the city, and combined the benefits of well-tended natural surroundings and urban conviviality as if they were attending an outdoor parlour. Writers, actors and composers were inspired by the orchestrated natural idyll. To date, these former summer resorts are characterised by nostalgia for the supposed «good old days» of imperial Austria.
Andreas Hofer - Hero and Freedom Fighter
It happened in 1809: with all Europe dominated by the military genius of Napoleon and his armies, in the remote alpine valleys of Austria one man tries to build up resistance with an army of volunteers. This is the unique story of Andreas Hofer, a simple innkeeper from Tyrol, then part of the Habsburg Empire. With brutal guerilla tactics his local militia forces and armed civilians drive back Napoleon's army and reconquer the occupied territories of his homeland.
Angela Merkel's Last Election
How does the crisis-prone chancellor Angela Merkel deal with enormous political challenges?
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerial shots. What he used to film with balloons and spidercams is now done with drones and helicopters. In this new four-part series, for the first time, Riha uses aerial shots only. In shootings that took several years he fl ew over almost all of Austria and shows the country's most beautiful places from the aerial perspective during the course of a year.
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country with Franz Klammer: Season 3
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerialshots. What he used to fi lm with balloons and spidercamsis now done with drones and helicopters.In this new four-part series, for the fi rst time, Rihauses aerial shots only. In shootings that took severalyears he fl ew over almost all of Austria and showsthe country's most beautiful places from the aerialperspective during the course of a year.
o Exploring the North
o Exploring the South
o Exploring the East
o Exploring the West
o Above and About Salzburg
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country: Season 2
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerialshots. What he used to fi lm with balloons and spidercamsis now done with drones and helicopters.In this new four-part series, for the fi rst time, Rihauses aerial shots only. In shootings that took severalyears he fl ew over almost all of Austria and showsthe country's most beautiful places from the aerialperspective during the course of a year.
o Exploring the North
o Exploring the South
o Exploring the East
o Exploring the West
Tomcat Kurt accompanies us on an exciting journey through the fascinating world of animals. Children get to know native and exotic wild animals in an entertaining way, and also learn all about popular and unusual pets: their abilities, their characteristics, their needs and their habitat. The encounter between humans and animals plays an essential role. As zookeeper assistants, children experience work with animals at first hand and also get an insight into the work at a veterinary practice. They get to know the specific characteristics of the animals, as well as what is important for respectful and harmonious interaction with them. One important element of the show is the active involvement with viewers at home. Children are encouraged to ask questions or to participate by sending in video clips that show them in action with their own pets or favorite animals. An unforgettable TV experience with animals for youngsters of all ages!
Bach to the Roots
In the concert film «Bach to the Roots», the Vienna Bach Consort ensemble conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, brings music with Latin-American roots to the Vienna Konzerthaus. The two worlds of Argentine folk music and European baroque music are contrasted with one another in impressive fashion. Dubrovsky brings their musical roots to the audience, highlights what they have in common and, as the musical programme unfolds, embarks upon an entertaining, enigmatic and insightful search for clues from Leipzig to the roots of baroque music as far as Africa. The musical contributions come from the Zacherl Factory, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna. Whilst the mezzo soprano, Bernarda Fink, and tenor, Francisco Brito, perform baroque works in the South American tradition, and present Argentine music according to European performance practice.
Backwoods Crimes - All About Uku
Roli and Ferdinand waylay those who think theyare safe on the Höhenstraße, the dividing linebetween the city and the countryside. As theirnight shifts are only just bearable with alcohol,the quality of their unauthorized assumption ofauthority drops the later it gets. In the end the interrogationof a young black African and his Austrianfriend results in a totally unplanned arrest- with unexpected consequences.
Backwoods Crimes - All Flesh is Grass
After Anton Galba's blackmailer, who kneweverything about him and his secret lover, diesthrough an unfortunate fall, Galba panics and instantlyremoves the body. Soon after police officerNathanael Weiß starts his investigations andalthough he knows Galba is guilty, he needs hishelp at the same time to get rid of Weiß' ownopponent.Sensational
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Backwoods Crimes - Death on Ice
The retired policeman Sepp Ahorner discovers a dead body on a frozen lake. Since the two female investigators, who had travelled all the way to uncover this murder, are then rejected by all the village people, starts his own investigations.
During his morning walk the retired policemanSepp Ahorner suddenly discovers a dead body on afrozen lake. Since the two female investigators, whohad travelled all the way to uncover this murder, arethen rejected by all the village people, Sepp forceshimself to start his own investigations. But when hisown family members become suspects in the case he must choose between family and justice.
Backwoods Crimes - Final Settlement
Commissario Höllbacher made a mistake he can't forget and wants to try to put everything behind him. But after a murder in his hometown he is called for help.
Backwoods Crimes - If You Knew How Beautiful It Is Here
The shy local police commander Hannes only knows violent crimes from TV. But when a girl is found brutally
murdered in a dead mine, everything changes.
Backwoods Crimes - Midsummer Night's Murder
A woman is found dead in a hollow in the alpine mountains, but when the police reach the rough terrain, the body has disappeared.
Backwoods Crimes - Southern Cross
Cop Tommy tries to take a break after a traumatic police operation. But there is a terrible accident at the local circus, in which the Fire Chief is killed.
Backwoods Crimes - Styrian Blood
After hunters fi nd a naked body in the woods, the brutal and mysterious case is assigned to Sandra, a young police officer.
Backwoods Crimes - The Woman with One Shoe
In a quarry pond fl oats blonde hair. Not a wig, but a real scalp. Then a foot is found, a knee somewhere else. They all belong to the same person. But to whom?
Backwoods Crimes: Styrian Child
The two inspectors Sandra and Sascha are ordered to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the coach of the Austrian ski team.
Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
The virtuosic performance of Vienna Bach Consort conducted by its genius maestro Ruben Dubrovsky at Vienna's St. Stephan's Cathedral will carry its audience along to original sound impressions of Vivaldi's time. The magnificent setting of St. Stephan's Cathedral and the artistic peak of orchestra and conductor will be enhanced by the appearance of the adorable Vivica Genaux. The US-mezzosoprano is famous for her extraordinary interpretation of baroque repertoire. This concert captivates with its exceptional relation of sacral music and acoustic impressions. Vienna Bach Consort featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky: an exceptional music experience!
Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
Enjoy the intensive dialog between baroque music and powerful vocal support by soloists like Soetkin Elbers, Jakob Huppmann and many more.
Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah
The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concerttakes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel's Messiah is returning to its original premièreseason: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel's Oratorio willring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, the Bach Consortensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersänger(an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, GaiaPetrone and Christian Immler. Handel's Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history:the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel,the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy.
Also available: Highlights »Messiah - Risen from the dead« (65 min.)
Bastion of the Giants
«Bastion of the Giants» takes the world into an engrossing journey of the lives of Asian Elephants, and the stunning bio-diverse North Eastern jungles of India around the river Brahmaputra. The challenges of the survival of the Asian Elephant and other endangered species including Bengal Tigers, Indian Rhinos and more, with intense human animal conflicts as human populations explode around these ecological hotspots and ancient elephant lands. Can India, a nation steeped in spirituality, save its forests in these times of species extinction and climate crises.
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
The Bears are back! After virtually disappearing in the 20th Century, in the 21st the quiet giants are returning, padding once again through the mountain forests of central Europe, where Italy, Austria and Slovenia meet.
This film tells what happens through the year as inquisitive and intelligent bears cross these huge natural barriers in search of a new life in untouched wilderness - or ever closer to civilization. For bears eat many of the same things we humans like, and their refined senses honed instincts help them find it! The film opens our eyes to bear habits and to their enormous power. We humans have always been drawn to bears; always approaching them with fascination, and with just a small dose of fear.
How do the alpine and Mediterranean culturescombine in such a wonderful way in Bolzano? Theproduction depicts the changing history of Italian-speaking and German-speaking South Tyroleans,that determines their homeland, their everydaylife and their coexistence.
Braunschlag is a more or less idyllic place in Austria, whose inhabitants are a league of their own. Among others there's a former beauty queen, a UFO landing site operator, a pair of weird doctors and the governor's nephew. Gerhard Tschach, mayor of Braunschlag, has a problem. After several failed business ventures, his town is bankrupt. This is why he and his best friend, club-owner Richard Pfeisinger, decide to fake a Martian apparition, to make tourists flood the ailing town and to aim for financial recovery. Braunschlag starts to flourish, but the two hard-drinking men soon lose control. Somewhere between the locals' delusions, pressure from the state capital, intractable marital problems and the Vatican, the situation escalates - and the miracle of Braunschlag quickly turns into a disaster.
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.
Castles and Palaces
Hochosterwitz Castle, Landskron Castle and the Kraig Castles are just some examples from the long list of imposing castles and aristocratic stately homes in Austria's southernmost state. The Middle Ages are particularly visible in Friesach: there aren't just three very diff erent castles all within sight of each other here. The town is also indulging in a 'new' castle that has been under construction since 2009, using exclusively medieval construction techniques. The project is more than just a laboratory for 'experimental history'; it has also become a tourist magnet. The construction of Siegfriedstein Castle is used by the fi lm's director Gernot Stadler, as a starting point for a journey through Carinthia's castle landscape and a nostalgic trip into the past - everyday castle life complete with medieval cooking.
Cats for Millions - The anything but placid world of Rosina Wachtmeister
As a young, penniless puppeteer and mother of an illegitimate child, Rosina Wachtmeister comes to Rome in the early 1970s. She's left with nothing. Out of boredom she starts painting, and millions of people learn to love her golden cat pictures. She sells them and uses the money to buy an Italian village where she creates a world far from the public. It offers a home to wild dogs and grounded artists. We dive into the adventurous universe of Rosina Wachtmeister and depict her development from an unknown young puppeteer to a globally operating artist and strident patron saint of a whole village.
China - The Largest City in the World
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developedcities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
Christmas in Vienna 2014
For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well-known and the less well-known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The highly coveted soloists are Natalia Ushakova, Vesselina Kasarova and Artur Rucinski and together form this year's highlights. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». This atmospheric concert is broadcast from Vienna's Konzerthaus.
Christmas in Vienna 2016
For more than 20 years «Christmas in Vienna» is one of the most prestigious classical concert productionsin Europe. Every year the traditional Christmas concert takes places in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus and brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists.They recite atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. A repertoire of classic and popular music from around the world also determine the 2016 program as an annual climax during Christmas season.
Glöckchen Ouvertüre // Leonhard Cohen (*1934) Hallelujah // Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Domine Deus // Charles Gounod (1818-1893) Sanctus // Michal Lorenc (*1955) Ave Maria // Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Lullaby - Guten Abend, gut´ Nacht // Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750) Jauchzet, Frohlocket // George Bizet (1838-1875): Au fond du temple saint // Pietro Yon (1886 - 1943) Gesu Bambino // Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963) Malagueña //
Traditional Spiritual I Want Jesus to Walk with Me // Hristo Nedyalkov (1932 - 2013) Simna Pesnitschka // Oh Heiland reiß die Himmel auf // Es ist ein Ros entsprungen // Fröhliche Weihnacht // Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) // I wonder as I wander // José Benito Barros (1915-2007) Navidad negra // Corramos Corramos Leise rieselt der Schnee // Heißa Buama // Feliz Navidad
Close to Heaven
This true story conveys the hopes and dispair of an artillery soldier and a war photographer on the front line of the First World War.
Colombia - From Drugs and War to Economic Upturn
Under the leadership of President Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian government has signed a historic peace accord with the rebels - an achievement for which the President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then there has been rapid progress with disarmament and reintegration of former fighters. The horrors of decades of civil war in Colombia are gradually becoming part of the past: Medellin, once the most dangerous city in the world, is now a textbook example of how to create the culture and infrastructure of peace. The former drugs stronghold of Pablo Escobar has become a standard bearer in the struggle against violence and is driving the Colombian economic upswing. The city is creating meeting places and undertaking ambitious public construction projects in consultation with residents. Deprived areas that had fallen into disrepair have been developed with cable cars and moving staircases, and nursery schools, parks, libraries and museums have been built.
Conquest of the South - Myth of the Prestigious Southern Train
The first holiday goers were rich. Very rich. And they chose to take the prestigious southern train to luxurious weekends by the Adriatic Sea. Even the Emperor's family used to take it. Its renovation is under way to bring it back to its former glory.
Whether sparks are flying with the neighbours, your best friend has been the victim of a crime or a drug dealer is making trouble - the police is there to take care of law and order. Having said that, cops are human too. Parents who refuse to believe the news that their child has died, teachers who are afraid of their pupils and friendships that are put to severe tests are as much on the agenda as the kind of questions that cops also have to ask themselves over and over again, such as are compromises essential, or is it more important to stick to one's own principles? What is stronger - one's profession or family ties? The police is not spared from private problems and conflicts within the squad either. And in the city, trouble is brewing; the police Station is situated in a district where young and old, locals and incomers, yuppies and the unemployed live more or less cheek by jowl. A conflict-filled coexistence is more or less guaranteed.
Corsica - The Unexpected Paradise
This large Mediterranean island combines several continents; a corner turned reveals a different world: crystalline mountain streams, gorges, with fragrant pine and chestnut forests next to brushland. Spinner dolphins, midget sharks and sperm whales play in sight of snow-capped peaks where fish eagles lazily circle. Corsica even has two distinct breeds of mouflon that have never met, introduced from Europe and Iran. 146 endemic plant and 12 animal species survive here, including a lizard that only lives on one wall of one stone hut on an offshore island!
Funny, crazy and absolutely "Cracker Snap": the new knowledge format with a certain "a-ha" effect! Why did pirates wear eye patches? Can horses sleep standing up? And how do you bake a chequered cake? Every episode inspires with unusual and amusing ideas and sensational tricks from this multicoloured curiosity shop! Amazing discoveries, exciting expeditions and stunning phenomena bring history to life for young and old alike and inviteviewers to take part in fun experiments, which can be repeated at home with playful ease. It'll astound and enthral you as well as make you smile: "Cracker Snap" proves that science is fun in a playful and entertaining way
Cuba's Wild Revolution
Cuba has some of the richest wildlife in the Caribbean: 3,700 km of pristine coastline, mountain ranges still draped in primeval forest, swamps teeming with moisture-loving creatures - and much of it thrives because of Cuba's revolution. Decades of socialist government, U.S. embargoes and minimal development have left the island virtually unchanged.
This film will feature Cuba's wildlife where it meets the island's colonial and revolutionary past, and present: from the clouds of vultures riding the updrafts around Havana's legendary 'Habana Libre' hotel to the Cuban boa constrictors making their homes in the deserted mansions of long-gone sugar barons, to the coral-smothered cannon of wrecked Spanish galleons. Neighbors from Haiti to Jamaica may have flushed their natural wealth into the sea; Cuba sits like a green jewel in azure Caribbean waters, pulsing with life.
Daniel Brühl - My Barcelona
Daniel Brühl, the famous German film actor, gives viewers a guided tour of the city in which he was born. The son of a German director and Spanish teacher first came to international notice when he starred the lead role in the fi lm «Good Bye Lenin». His international breakthrough came with a leading role in Quentin Tarantino's »Inglourious Basterds». From sunrise to the next morning, from Tibidabo Mountain to the sea, on his long walk through the Catalan metropolis, Brühl presents the areas of the city that mean the most to him, such as Sant Gervasi, where he spent parts of his childhood. Away from the tourist trail, he shows off his favourite spots in Barcelona.
Digital, Flexible, Redundant - Who will have a Job tomorrow?
More and more people are working from their own sofa, the coffee shop, or from one of the new flexible work centres with the look of a living room. This offers more freedom and autonomy, but demands more selfcontrol and self-organization, and let turn employees into entrepreneurs. The pressure is increasing; many are dropping out, and not by choice. Burn-out is one of the symptoms of a performance- obsessed society. Fifty percent of today's jobs will become automated in the next 20 years.
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.
Dramatic Hunt (Rosaria 3)
During shooting practice in the Woods, 13-year-old Franzi overestimates his abilities and doesn't confidently hit the empty wine bottle as usual - he hits his grandfather. Shocked, Franzi runs away and doesn't have the courage to confide in anyone. When Anton Wolf dies two days later, without having revealed the facts, a dramatic course of action unfolds: almost all the villagers suspect Franz Wolf of having shot his father during an argument; they go on a veritable witch hunt against him, a serious trial for Franz and his wife Irene. When Josef, Franz's brother, returns to the village, he seems to be the only one who believes in his brother's innocence.
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.
Empire of the Vineyard
A well-tended vineyard nurtures the quality of a wine over generations. But its micro-world is a battleground, an animal empire fought over in hundreds of tiny dramas every day. The irresistible smell of fresh vine- leaves tempts deer out of the woods in spring. European and Asian ladybugs swarm out of their underground colony to help save the vines from aphids, but are themselves attacked by ants that 'milk' the aphids for nourishment. Fox-cubs and young rabbits play together, but within weeks the tables turn and the furry playmates become prey. An ant-lion larvae lies in wait in its sandy pit for insect prey, while buzzards scan the soil for mice and hamsters. In the South of France the cat-like genet, the top vineyard predator, dines on rabbits, lizards, snakes and even unwary blackbirds, before finishing with a dessert of ripe grapes.
Europe - Work Until You Drop
Europeans are living ever longer, whilst pension funds are becoming increasingly empty. In future, a well-deserved retirement at about 60 years old will no longer be possible. Right across the EU, the retirement age is gradually increasing - in Germany to 67 years of age, in the United Kingdom even to 70. Many countries are considering linking the retirement age to rising life expectancy - in which case even making the pensionable age 67 will no longer be enough. Whilst some work into their old age of their own free will, others work to supplement their meagre pensions. "Europe - Work Until You Drop" takes a trip through a Europe undergoing demographic change and visits senior citizens who are still working at an advanced age - between old age poverty and a quest for meaning.
Europe's Border Rivers
In this documentary, the fluid frontiers the Oder, the Pruth, the Tana, the Kupa and the Doubs are unveiled within Europe. Leaving from their source until reaching their estuaries, we follow their turbulent past and present, their currents and meanders as well as the beautiful landscapes they carve and have to put up with. But rivers can also be both common lifelines and radical separations for animals as well as humans.
It is interesting that there are more very old people in Italy than elsewhere on the continent. Sardinia is seen as 'the island of the centenarians'. The remote location has ensured the survival of particular genetic traits. Leading scientists are working to track down the secrets of healthy aging. Stress-resistance, social contacts, a healthy lifestyle and a good family life are evidently the key to happy aging. The people of Campodimele in southern Italy too seem to have discovered the secret recipe for a long and healthy life. WELTjournal reporter Alexander Steinbach has set out on the search for the wisdom behind Europe's centenarians and has come up in a number of places with surprising answers to the great questions of life.
Europe's Last Nomads
A spectacular ancient tradition is being revived right across Europe: herdsmen leading flocks across the continent through the most savage and extreme landscapes. From Spain's legendary La Manchaplains, the last cowboys of this continent and their cattle migrate into the green highlands of Cuenca. In Romania sheep climb the Carpathian Mountains, all the way to the Ukrainian border, constantly under threat from wolves. On a Welsh island, migrating sheep even generate a habitat for rare birds.
Europe's New Fronts
For a long time, Europe has looked at itself as an example that will determine the future of the societies around us. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the Orange Revolution were regarded as emergences to Europe. But that seems to be over now. In Hungary, Ukraine and Russia, political movements are on the rise, movements that see Europe's open society either as the concept of an enemy or as obsolete. ORF-reporter Christian Schuller visited the political hot spots at Europe's borders and got to the bottom of «Europe's new fronts». In Hungary he shows how an EU-country turns away from European values and the resulting consequences on everyday life. However, for many in Ukraine, Europe still means hope. Despite the disappointment, because Europe doesn't support Ukraine more actively against the Russian neighbours. In Russia on the other side, the people balance between deep suspicion of European influences and longing for a European future together.
Why does the koala bear have a speckled posterior? Can plants sweat or air be liquid? And how can you transfer news from one continent to another without any electricity? These and many more questions are answered in this extraordinary and successful series for young researchers from 8 to 12 years. Traveling through time, space, air and water, Thomas Brezina and Kati Bellowitsch take you on the special Explorer Express en route to «discover, experience, investigate and do it yourself ». During these exciting trips the two presenters reveal facts worth knowing about nature, animals, technology, physics, chemistry and history. They also conduct experiments for viewers to do themselves at home. Each episode of the series features interesting stories, stunning experiments and vivid explanations.
Fashion, Models and Muslima - The Female Islamic Revolution
The documentary takes a look at the fifties and sixties and paints a wholly different picture of women's rights in the Middle East from the one we're used to today. In those days the veil had become a private matter and equality seemed within reach. Who were the pioneers of this feminist movement? And how could such a reversal take place? This documentary reports on a piece of women's history that will change the way we see countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.
Angelica Fast is in her mid-thirties, a divorced singlemother and a successful investigator at Vienna'scriminal investigation department. The good-lookingyoung woman handles the balancing act betweenher job and parental duties with humour.Even if her teenage twins keep her on her toes, shegoes all out to pursue criminals. That her professionaland private lives aren't always separable is notleast due to her ex-husband, the chief of forensics.Teasing is part of her daily routine, and it maywell happen that their children's upbringing is discussed on the crime scene. There is no room for sentimentality in all this - Angelica Fast knows what she wants and alwayskeeps the facts in sight.
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.
Four Women and a Funeral
Julie, Maria, Sabine and Henriette - four remarkablewomen sharing an exceptional pastime - join forcesin order to bring some excitement to the boringvillage life by suspecting murder in all those caseswhich initially seem to point to the opposite. Neverfailing to be present at any village funeral, they investigatethe deaths by unnatural causes in a highlyunconventional way. In the second season of theseries, Henriette helps out Julie with a friendly turn,indispensable to Julie's life and as a consequencehas to go to jail for quite some time. Mona, a youngcommunity doctor with investigative skills andmedical expertise, joins the team. Due to her workabroad her sister Lola quickly takes her place in thethird season and it doesn't take long until the nextcase gets them going.When Mona has to leave the village at the beginning of thefourth season, the young girl Pippa teams up with the FourWomen and unknowingly reveals a family secret of Julie.
Franz Kafka - Writer between the Worlds
During his lifetime, he commanded the burning of his complete stock of works, letters and writings after his passing away. Fortunately, his publisher and friend didn't carry out his wish and has in this way saved a crucial piece of world literature. But who really was the graduate lawyer Franz Kafka? The TV documentary reveals that his narratives and novels were not as incomprehensible as many might claim. Several text passages are cinematically implemented and, by doing so, easier to understand. The documentary proceeds towards Kafka's stages of life. To Prague, obviously. To Vienna and to the Baltic Sea, where he eventually found his last love. Going further into the question why he never seemed to come to fulfilment with anyone, even though he was popular among women. Theatre and opera performances, «The Trial» at the Salzburg Festival complete the film as well as investigations at the «Oxford Research Centre», which targets Kafka in its studies.
From Grand Hotels to Wonky Shacks - Refuges in Tyrol
Many high Alpine refuges are more than 100 years old. Several outstanding examples of early alpinism in Tyrol now enjoy protected status. The Berliner Hütte in the Zillertal Alps is an outstanding example. This magnifi cent building from the turn of the century feels like a grand hotel, but securing the energy and water supply in the high mountains takes a huge amount of eff ort. Existing huts are given 'velvet' restorations; 'replacement structures' are put in the place of dilapidated huts. Three new refuges are currently under construction in South Tyrol. Which style should alpine buildings adopt? Experimental or traditional? That's one of the questions Teresa Andreae will pursue in her documentary. Hut owners, hut users and hut builders will all get a say.
Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster
On 11 March 2011 a devastating tsunami occurred after an earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of northeast Japan. As a result the Fukushima nuclear power station experienced a power cut, leading to the worst-case scenario: the largest civilian nuclear disaster after Chernobyl. Five years later the situation still isn't under control at the nuclear power plant. There are problems removing thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated cooling water. Even so, the authorities want a rapid return of the evacuees. To this end, extensive decontamination work is taking place. Areas are gradually being cleared for resettlement. Few want to move back, but many don't have a choice. 'Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster' depicts the human tragedy of this nuclear catastrophe.
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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Get the Knack!
The focus of every story in "Get the Knack!" is the question "how does it actually work?" The aim is to bring about the "Eureka effect" for every viewer as the penny finally drops at the end of each item. Every episode is a grab bag of "Eureka" surprises - nevertheless, there are recurrent themes to which the viewer can look forward. Subjects range from the high-tech to supposedly boring everyday objects. In exciting experiments viewers discover, for example, how to make clouds in a plastic bottle or how to make a piece of soap swim. Foolproof instructions and simple ingredients mean that the experiments can immediately be imitated at home.
"Get the Knack!" is an entertaining science show with modern visual language and a high cutting rate.
Giants of the Atlantic - Azores
A gigantic underwater mountain range rises in mid-Atlantic. Just a few peaks near the surface, while nine reach still higher and form a row of green gems: the islands of the Azores. These vol - canic rocks, the last toehold between Europe and America, are of extraordinary beauty. The steep shelf of the Azores is a play and mating ground for several whale species. Here, groups of male sperm whales on their endless migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic, meet females. Humpback whales and fin whales breach - and blue whales come here too, to feed on the vast biomass produced in the ocean's depths. Drifting up from the deep, plank - ton and krill attract huge schools of fish and squid. Portuguese Men O' War drift threateningly on the surface, while undersea caves host cannibalistic shrimps, manta rays and moray eels. On the islands, the volcanoes' grassy craters are a winter home for songbirds from Iceland, Russia and North America, while their craggy outer walls form nests for vast colonies of Cory's Shearwaters.
Gipsy Love - Bühne Baden
Zorika's engagement to the charming but very reputable Jonel is imminent. But she's much more attracted to the seductive, spirited gypsy violinist Jószi, with whom she would love to abscond. At a loss as to how she should decide, Zorika remembers the old folk belief that a girl who drinks water from the River Cerna on the night of the engagement will be able to foresee the future. She drinks from the waters and dreams of the life she can expect if she chooses Jószi. When she wakes up again, she is glad it was only a dream. She recognises her true feelings and knows where she belongs: with Jonel.
«Ich bin ein Zigeunerkind (I am a Gypsy child), Csarda's "Hör' ich Cymbalklänge" (I hear the sound of cymbals) and "Zorika, Zorika, kehre zurück" (Zorika, Zorika, come back) are just a few of the rousing melodies of this romantic operetta.
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Since its world premiere in Venice 1851, the opera «Rigoletto» took the audience by storm until today. The story of court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter Gilda is as thrilling as a crime and as tragic as no other opera before. Guiseppe Verdi built a grotesque world in-between carnival, life and death. Through his masterpiece Verdi provides an insight into the causes of revenge, social exclusion and the construct of misinterpreted love and creates a drama that touches people's hearts and minds until today. Spanish soprano Elena Sancho Pereg as Gilda, Bariton Vladislav Sulimsky, Italian singer Davide Damiani, three star tenors Yosep Kang, Arthur Espiritu and Jesus Leon accompanied by the Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Slowenian Symphonic Orchestra, this opera creates an outstanding musical highlight in the picturesque open-air setting of the impressive «Ruffini Stage» at the St. Margarethen Quarry.
Gober - On the Fate of an Orang-Utan Mother
Over the course of years, we follow the dramatic life of Gober, the orang-utan mother. This is a scarcely believable but true story from Sumatra, the large Indonesian island. Gober is first noticed by conservationists when she struggles to meet her daily nutritional needs. It soon becomes clear that she is suffering from creeping sight loss, and her daughter will still be dependent on her for years to come. The observers are all the more astounded when the little one eventually begins to take care of herself and her mother. Her desperate search for food takes her ever more frequently to the oil palm plantations. However, hungry orang-utans find little sympathy in this death zone. In view of their declining prospects of survival, the conservationists see only one option: to bring the two of them to a rescue centre. However, the daughter will not let herself be captured and remains behind in the forest. But who can take away the pain of an intelligent and sensitive orang-utan at the loss of her child? Out of sympathy, Gober is allowed to become pregnant again. The father is another blind orang-utan who was shot at on a plantation and who now too is eking out his life in a cage. That Gober is an excellent mother is demonstrated when she brings twins into the world in the centre. Her cataracts are removed in an operation and, with the return of her eyesight, Gober sees her two children for the first time. And that is not all. The reintroduction to the wild in one of the last safe forests in Sumatra is possible. However completely unexpectedly, her son shies away from the wilderness. Will Gober suffer another tragic loss of a child - or is it finally a stroke of good fortune? In front of the eyes of her rescuers, her daughter conquers the tops of the jungle giants alongside her mother - as if they had always been her home.
Greece - The Wild Side
Part I: The View From The Gods
Part II: Surrounded By Blue
Greece is a land of unique contrasts, craggy mountains and lush forests, with wild animals that have disappeared from the rest of Europe, enjoying archaic relationships - and seemingly the Special powers of Greek Gods!
Part I takes us to isolated places like the Vikos Gorge - Europe's Grand Canyon - where western rock nuthatches make perfect bottle-shaped Nests out of the insects they catch! Beneath the sky-high Meteora monasteries two male Egyptian vultures fight over the last female; while down below the extraordinary Sheltopusek, a bizarre legless lizard, hunts exotic insects.
Part II Chameleons on land, cuttlefish in the water: the astonishing colour-changing heroes of the Greek Islands with their startling hunting, mating and reproduction strategies. Add the snakes that snatch migrating birds stopping for a drink and a rest, and the valley in Rhodes where butterflies coat the rocks and trees, and lizards hoover them up ...
In summer 2016 one of the most famous overtures by Gioacchino Rossini was performed in Erl, Austria - that of his last opera, Guglielmo Tell (William Tell).
And since, as is well known, the Accademia di Montegral is also a bel canto academy, the entire opera and with it a multifaceted cosmos of musical highlights were also presented. From the five solo cellists at the start of the overture, and the famous galloping march, to the great prayer of thanksgiving at the end of the opera, not only does Rossini create a supposedly
Swiss panorama of nature and the free spirit of the titular hero, but also revolutionises the operatic genre itself. Rossini's «Tell» is the highpoint of the «Opera seria» and the starting point of an almost 100-year tradition of great romantic operas.
Herbert Brandl - Not in Plain Sight
Herbert Brandl doesn't care much about reaching the mountain tops. He prefers the shadows, the dark forests and abysses. Cultured, educated and inspiring, he is full of surprises.
Here and Staying - What Migrants Think About Refugees
For them too, it was hard at first: migrants who came to Austria years ago first had to learn the language and then find their place in society. What do they think now - after many years being established in the country - about the refugees currently arriving in Austria? A film with migrants about their view of the new arrivals.
High Life at Low Temperatures
The summits and sheer mountain ridges of Austria's 'Little Siberia' funnel the freezing air from snow-covered peaks into a gigantic hollow - a high-level plateauat 1,000 metres from which it cannot escape: Lungau is Austria's coldest region. Creeks andstreams start higher here, and create bogs, moors and countless alpine lakes. Summer is short but lively, as eagles rear their precious young and ermines eat their fill before the sparse winter returns, while black alpine salamanders give birth to live miniature versions of themselves beneath the tree-line.
Hillary vs. Donald - A Nation Divided
Donald Trump was nominated the presidential candidate of the Republicans in mid-July. Displeasing the party-establishment, the rude billionaire unexpectedly won the primaries, but right until the end, leading republicans denied supporting him. Situated in the Midwest, Ohio is considered «The Real America». Whoever wins Swing-State Ohio during the presidential election campaign has a high chance of moving into the white house. At least that's what statistics say. Hannelore Veit met people from all over Ohio, people who are rarely heard of in the headlines. From the coal region in the Southeast, via the cities of the Rust-Belts and the land of the farms, right to Lake Erie in Cleveland. Among the people she has met, there are passionate Trump fans, as well as people who would never vote anything else but a democrat.
Hitler and the Children of Obersalzberg
The Obersalzberg retreat was the summer residence and retreat of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and his closest confidants in the Nazi regime. The public are mainly familiar with fi lm footage and photographs from the alleged Nazi idyll. For the first time, eye witnesses are willing to talk about their experiences in Obersalzberg.
Hohenems - Manhattan: The Skyscrapers of Ely Jaques Kahn
His is not a name many people know, but his buildings in Manhattan are legendary: Ely Jacques Kahn. The architect has been building bridges between Europe and the USA for more than 50 years and his work encompasses everything from the development of the Wiener Moderne, or Viennese Modern Age, to the International Style. Kahn played a significant role in shaping the New York skyline, designing around 60 skyscrapers. His origins lie in the Jewish community in the Austrian town of Hohenems. In summer, around 200 descendants of the family met up in Vorarlberg to celebrate 400 years of the Jewish community there. Ingrid Bertel and Nikolai Dörler follow in the footsteps of this versatile artist.
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.
How Secure Are Our Power Grids?
Our well-being is based on highly developed networks and all components have one thing in common: in order to function, they need electricity. We have become used to having access to electricity whenever and wherever we need it. Yet experts have recently pointed out the potential threats to our networks. Energy transition, increasing usage, bad weather and the liberalised energy market push it further and further to the limits of its capacities. On top of this, there is the existing danger of a certain manipulation such as terrorist or cyber-attacks. The list of systems which would also work without electricity is very short. Electricity is the lifeline for countless crucial infrastructures: communication, transport, food, healthcare, security, finance and production would be greatly affected. Peppo Wagner asks leading, international experts, which factors our electrical networks are vulnerable to, what the risks actually comprise and which solutions could be imagined.
I am from Austria
The latest musical hit «I am from Austria» has evolved to a brilliant public success: over 20 hits by Rainhard Fendrich such as «Macho Macho», «Es lebe der Sport», «Strada del Sole» and of course the title song «I Am From Austria» have been spun together by an original plot telling the story of an internationally successful Austrian film star, who returns to Vienna to attend the famous annual Opera Ball.
I Dream in German
«We will manage.» The familiar sentence from Angela Merkel has become a byword for positivity in the migration debate. However everyone agrees on one thing: the refugees should be «integrated» into their host countries as quickly as they can be to minimize the financial and political consequences as far as possible. But what does «integration» actually mean? To what extent may people retain their own ideas of religion, values, right and morals and still be thought of as integrated? A documentary from Austria, Germany and Sweden which seeks to examine in detail what integration really means and how it can be successful.
Ibizagate - Chronologie des Scheiterns
Ein Knalleffekt, ein politisches Erbeben, am Rand einer veritablen Staatskrise: Das Lockvogel-Video mit Heinz-Christian Strache und Johann Gudenus aus der Villa auf Ibiza erschüttert das ganze Land. Die politischen Folgen sind dramatisch, für die FPÖ, für die Regierung für die ganze Republik. Die ORF 1 Doku zeigt, wie sich die Ereignisse seit vergangenem Freitag überschlagen haben, was im Hintergrund dazu abgelaufen ist. Und erinnert an einen chronischen Wiederholungsfall: Bereits zum dritten Mal scheitert die FPÖ beim Regieren. Eine Timeline mit historischen Bezügen.
In Need of Men - The image of Men is Changing
What is a «typical man» or a «typical woman»? Which ideals have been linked to manliness and femaleness over the course of time? The fathers who used to fight in the Second World War passed on their ideals of manliness, orderliness, discipline and conscientiousness to their sons and grandsons. They started rebelling in 1968. At the same time, feminism and feminist movements were constantly present, followed by quota policy and Sex Discrimination Acts. Clear evidence that male confessions don't always sync with mental insights.
For tens of millions of years amphibians dominated life on Earth - some of them the size of crocodiles, then in the role of apex predators. Today the freakish predatory properties of many frogs are alive and well. This film examines some of the most bizarre frog species across the globe and reveals starting new behaviors unique to this much-maligned species. Frogs can survive with their weird and wonderful adaptations in all extremes - adaptations that range from claws of bone and glass skin to antifreeze blood, or the ability to give birth to fully developed froglets out of their back. From the jungles of South America to the swamps of Africa, we encounter some of Earth's strangest creatures: frogs that flee from their enemies by falling from rock to rock and playing dead, like the Darwin's frog; others that are killers themselves, like the poison dart frog, the most toxic creature on earth.
India - The Marriage Business I+II
Arranged marriages are still commonplace in India. NGOs hide young couples who don't want to be forced to get married; private investigators specialize in infidelity. Until today 90 % of all weddings in India are arranged by the bridal couples' parents, often supported by other relatives, professional matchmakers or even astrologers.
Intersex - Neither Woman nor Man?
When a child comes into the world the first question to be asked is usually «is it a boy or a girl?» But what if neither really applies, if the baby is born without definite sexual characteristics? Every year in Austria around 25 children are born that cannot be unambiguously classified as either boys or girls. These children are termed intersex. And since, in our society, there is only male or female, many intersex children are still made into «real» boys or girls through sex-assignment surgery. This is an approach that often has traumatic consequences for those concerned. «Intersex - neither woman nor man?» follows Tobias and Alex as they fight for recognition of what has until now been an almost completely ignored reality.
Irene's Dark Secret (Rosaria 2)
Young Irene has just been elected vice-mayor of three consolidated communities. When the sitting mayor dies in a car accident immediately after the election, she assumes his duties on an interim basis. Many villagers are upset because Irene has very unconventional ideas for the administration. When chef Paul Berger wants to reopen an old village inn and Irene's brother Georg wants to work there, Irene is also vehemently opposed to the inn project. Old wounds of the past break open and a dark secret slowly comes to light.
Jewel of the Elephant Coast
South Africa's Isimangaliso National Park, which in the Zulu language simply means «wonder», is home to the so-called «big five»- elephants, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Covering 3,280 km2 (2,038 square miles) right alongside the sea, this «wonderland» offers incomparable biodiversity with a correspondingly wide range of species in its extensive wetlands, swamps, savannah and coastal forests. Opening up the region to eco-tourism is not just intended to benefit the local economy; it is also the central strategy for sustainable development and nature conservation. Isimangaliso was listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 1999.
The secret capital of South Africa, home town of Nelson Mandela, is portrayed. Lovingly called Joburg by its inhabitants - it still is one of the most dangerous and at the same time most varied and creative cities in Africa.
Joseph Haydn's Creation
Tremendous choirs for the heavenly host, enthralling musical portrayals of the creation of light and luminarie, the paradise, nature, animals and a stunning duet of the first people - this is Joseph Haydn's Creation. A young cast of aspiring voices, the Kammerchor Wien and the Haydn Philharmonie conducted by Nicolas Altstaedt make «Joseph Haydn's Creation» a multifaceted musical pleasure from the walls of the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt (Burgenland/Austria).
Kenya - Call for Action
$500 billion of development aid has been pumped into the African continent since 1960. In several regions, nonetheless, the standard of living has fallen even further since then. Now, a growing group of African thinkers has been calling for the West to stop sending development aid. "It leads to dependency, lethargy, corruption and exploitation", they say. "Only economic relationships on equal footing with the West can help Africa to advance."
Kestrels at Close Quarters
The drama of life is unpredictable - that's true for wild animals just as for humans. Kestrels have learned to live close to man; they even raise their hatchlings in our cities. This is the story of two kestrel couples bringing up their chicks in the same neighbourhood in the center of Vienna. While destiny rewards one breeding pair with success, the other kestrels face a more brutal fate: they have chosen an unsuitable location to brood and raise their hatchlings. With unflinching observation this film celebrates the family lives of Kestrels, their needs and efforts when breeding, and the life that follows a successful brood. Once the fledglings have learned to fly, parents and offspring face a vital decision: stay in Europe over the winter or head off to southern climes with abundant prey? Whatever they decide, another unpredictable drama of life beckons.
It's different. It's unique. It's an outstanding success on TV and has been running for years. KIDDY CONTEST. On this show, kids change the big chart hits to funny versions in their native language.
"Call Me Maybe" becomes a party song for water rats and "Hot'n'Cold" is served as "Grammatical Tangle". This is a multi-platinum music show for kids and the whole family. In 2009, KIDDY CONTEST won the prize for "best integrated event design & promotion" at the "Eyes & Ears of Europe" Awards.
Major Kottan is a homicide investigator with the Vienna police. Together with his colleagues, the one-legged Schremser and the simple-minded Schrammel, he solves cases marked by unusual circumstances and bizarre phenomena. While their superior, megalomaniac Chief Constable Pilch, makes their life and work even more difficult, Kottan unsuccessfully fiddles with his second career as a bandleader.
"Kottan's Investigations" always borders on highly charged parody and socio-critical aspiration. After all, who would expect that between everyday police work and gangland bosses one has to deal with coffee vending machines with artificial intelligence, UFO sightings or crocodile attacks? 12 episodes full of unruly corpses and absurd investigations, in short: crazy TV anarchy.
L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air
Gaëtano Donizetti's comic opera, «The Elixir of Love» is a tumultuous new production. The shy peasant, Nemorino falls in love with the flamboyant landowner Adina. But Adina only has eyes for the handsome Sergeant Belcore. That is until the travelling jack-of-all-trades, Dulcamara, arrives in town and the gullible Nemorino buys a love potion from him - which in reality is nothing more than a bottle of red wine. When Nemorino is prepared to put his life at risk just to get hold of more of the mysterious miracle potion, the tide turns: Adina's heart makes the arduous journey to peasant Nemorino.
Emperors and kings were basking in the splendor of the horses ballet. Here the High School of Classical Dressage, the splendor of baroque music and the drama of opera build a perfect combination. To revive this form of art, «La Margarita», tells a story about the legendary hero Hercules and the seductive golden apples of the Hesperides, inspired by the historical performance that Emperor Leopold I made in 1667 for his wedding in Vienna.
Living in Chinas new megacity - The Rise of Chong Quing
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developed cities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
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.
Lost City of the Gladiators
The gladiator school at Carnuntum, Roman city onthe Danube, turned slaves, prisoners, and also volunteerslike our hero Atticus into skilled and brutalentertainers who could be re-exported throughoutthe Empire. Precision, speed and spectacular techniquemade them true sports stars, kept in peakcondition by their vegetarian diet and rigoroustraining. Gladiators earned well and paid privatevisits to wealthy women admirers. But a moment'sloss of concentration in the arena was lethal, andeven in death, the loser must show no Emotion.
Luis Trenker - Hitler's Mountain Hero
Luis Trenker is a legend. Best known internationally for his mountain films with then actress Leni Riefenstahl ("The White Hell of Piz Pallü"), he had a controversial movie career under the Nazis and was championed by Italian Fascists, before being reborn after the War telling stories of his life on German television. This documentary shows the highs and lows of a long life, the delicate balance between Hitler and Mussolini, adaptation and resistance, box office success and cinematic art. Was he a Nazi collaborator or opposed to the Regime? Or simply an amoral survivor who never ceased moulding his own image?
Malika - Leopard Huntress
Leopardess Malika, in Zambia's Luangwa Valley, needs all her cunning and ingenuity to survive the dry season and protect her cub against her mortal enemies: a resident male leopard and a pitiless hyena clan. Her desperation inspires ingenious new ambush techniques, by day and night. At first there is only frustration, but with each success her confidence slowly builds, until she has the courage to face down her enemies and regain her former dominance.
Maria Stromberger - A Nurse in Auschwitz
Maria Stromberger, who was born in 1898 in Metnitz, lived in Vorarlberg before she voluntarily reported to Auschwitz to serve as a nurse in the SS infirmary. Maria Stromberger took up her duties in Auschwitz on 1st October 1942. She was received with the words, «Sister, you have difficult service ahead of you.» She became the Angel of Auschwitz, a nurse who voluntarily reported for work in the SS hospital. She would carry out the mission she had undertaken and only narrowly escape the henchmen of the Gestapo, as Stromberger smuggled pamphlets out of the camp and attempted to save people.
Maria Theresa - Europe's Mother-in-Law
The Empress arranged her children's marriages to make peace with France, Spain, Parma and Naples. One of these children was Marie Antoinette, who married Louis XVI of France before they were both decapitated. Needless to say, these marriages were largely unsuccessful. Watch as Maria Theresia struggled to balance dynastic responsibility and motherly love.
Athens is considered to be the cradle of democracy,but the Greeks seem to have lost control over theirdestiny, in view of the economic and financial crisisand the rigid target savings.
The Syrian capital, with a centuries-old tradition, a true cultural and religious center of the Orient, torn by the civil war, now largely under the control of Assad.
The industrial city of Donetsk in the Ukraine was probably only known before the war thanks to its football club, Shakhtar, but hit the international headlines with the advent of fighting two years ago. The renegade Donetsk is the stronghold of the pro-Russian separatists and the influence of Russia is - not least because of the Ukrainian embargo - becoming ever greater. «My Donetsk» provides an insight into the working conditions in this war-torn, crisis-hit region. It shows the political conflicts, the turmoil of war in Donetsk and the arduous reconstruction. The gloss of the pre-war era has gone, but the opera and theatre continue to stage performances. The football stadium serves as a hub for aid of all kinds. The suburbs are still under fire today, but in the centre of Donetsk the people strive to live as normal a life as possible - a life in an unstable equilibrium - neither war nor peace, with a political solution further away than ever.
My Hong Kong
The former British crown colony of Hong Kong has been part of the People's Republic of China for 25 years. It has special status guaranteeing press freedom and the rule of law. But growing pressure from Beijing can be felt everywhere. How do the citizens of Hong Kong feel, as part of the new Chinese superpower?
»My Kabul« takes us on a journey though the colourful history of the 4-million-habitant city at the Hindu Kush. The documentary provides insight into how Kabul's music scene is strongly linked to Austria, reveals the secrets of Afghan art and Features the once powerful Taliban spokesman, who spent years in Guantanamo Bay prison, speak about the incredible violence against women.
Mysteries of the Stone Age
They seem to have come from another world: circles and buildings made of gigantic stones. The most famous are Stonehenge in Britain and Carnac in France. But these megaliths from the Stone Age - 5,000 years BCE - are found all round the world, as recent discoveries show. There appears to be a network of sites from the north of Scotland to the Mediterranean (Malta alone has around 30 temples) to the Far East - with gigantic graves in Korea. It's still not clear how ancient civilizations managed to create these fantastic stone structures. How did they lift the huge blocks into place? And what can we learn about those societies? What were the turning points in their history? Was there a secret connection between the cultures that built the megalith circles? New studies and the latest international research reveal fresh clues to the biggest mysteries of the Stone Age.
Netherlands: right-wing populist or liberal?
On 15th March there will be a general election to choose a new Dutch government. The outcome is uncertain. Will the right-wing populist Geert Wilders be the prime minister in a right-wing coalition? With his anti-Islam stance, Wilders has ushered in a transformation of Dutch politics. He wants to close all the mosques, re-impose border controls, bar the country to Muslim immigrants. And following the British example, Wilders is demanding that the Netherlands leave the EU. Like other right-wing politicians in Europe, he is profiting from dissatisfaction with established politics. Drastic cuts in social services and health spending have added fuel to the fire. Alexander Steinbach reports for WELTjournal from a country that was once the poster- boy for liberal values and tolerance, and analyses the political and social situation in the run-up to the election, which could point the way ahead for the whole of Europe.
Newton - Extreme Cold
While the cold holds Austria hostage and everyone has a runny nose, ice bath enthusiasts celebrate their peak season. "The Iceman", the dutch Wim Hof, has developed a training method to boost his immune system through exposure to cold. Studies have shown that people regularly exposed to cold environments have a better blood flow and are healthier. Newton has tested this method with two volunteers to check if we really should embrace the cold.
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.
Newton - Intelligent Animals
"Intelligent Animals" shows the enormous cognitive, creative and communicative services that animals can perform.
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.
Newton - Oil-Power versus E-Power: An Industry Reinvents Itself
The spectacular circumnavigation of the globe by a purely solar-powered plane has shown what new energy is capable of. Hot on the heels of the electric car comes the electric aeroplane. Even if Solar Impulse, the company behind the plane, has not yet developed a fully market-ready product, it has demonstrated its feasibility. And in e-commerce, business models usually grow exponentially. The success of the e-mobility industry is helping it make strides into well-defended cushy fiefdoms. In the same way that Audi and BMW fear Tesla and Google, it may well be that the aviation giants, Boeing and Airbus, are threatened by competition from the realm of the battery. Schindler, the elevator manufacturer, has embraced the e-philosophy and put its weight behind the Solar Impulse project.
Newton - Saving the World with Mushrooms
Two brothers want to save the world with mushrooms by propagating special varieties and securing their DNA. Some of them are said to cure diseases, while others revitalize dead soils in agriculture, and others still can even be cultivated to provide alternative materials to leather or plastic-like foils.
Newton - Secrets of Primeval Times - The Language of Tortoises
We long believed they were mute and deaf. But it turns out tortoises can speak! In a fragmented yet refined manner: at low frequencies to be able to communicate across great distances in deep waters . At high frequencies in shallow waters to locate each other. But that's not it: even their embryos 'speak' to each other and agree on when to hatch out of their eggs. Newton offers a fascinating peak into the most recent research on tortoises, dives right into their language and shatters some of the prejudice we hold against them. Because tortoises are talkative, fast and, above all, sociable!
Newton - Smart Cities
What should the cities of the future look like? Urban planners are broadly in agreement that they should
Zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts lebten gerade einmal zehn Prozent der Weltbevölkerung in Städten, heute sind es bereits 50 Prozent. Ende dieses Jahrhunderts wird die Menschheit eine überwiegend urbane Spezies sein. Das »Urban Age«, das Zeitalter der Städte, hat begonnen. Doch wie sollen sie nun aussehen, die Städte der Zukunft, wie funktionieren? Grün, effizient, technologisch fortschrittlich und vor allem nachhaltig sollen sie werden, so weit sind die Stadtplaner einig und konzipieren die Smart Cities der Zukunft.
Newton - Start Ups - Behind the Scenes
An emotional rollercoaster ride in the world of startups, with insights into the living and working world, of a generation that wants to improve our world with new ideas.
Newton - The Electromobile Revolution
The electromobile revolution has begun. Will its competitive advantage be maintained across the world?
Newton - Viktor Frankl - Logotherapy
Viktor Frankl is renowned for his famous book «Man's Search for Meaning», which he wrote in a death camp.
Newton - Wood
Can we rely on wood to build the houses of the future? Doesn't this material burn in a fire? Aren't we going to run out of wood? Shouldn't we find alternative solutions? Experts answer those questions to shatter your prejudice against one of the most versatile materials on earth. We dare you not to change your mind.
When we think of wood, we think of rough countrymen. But wood is a versatile material which offers phenomenal possibilities not only for builders but also for general wellbeing. One of the oldest building materials is going through important changes thanks to modern techniques: the highest wooden house in the world and its 24 floors and height of 84 meters will be erected in Vienna-Aspern. The foundations are being built as we speak. Scientific tests are crushing our prejudices against wood: it may be burnt for heat but it also helps slow down the spreading of a fire - even more than steel does. Wood, innovation, new knowledge and tradition: a true melting pot of creative ideas which is shaping the future of construction. Will there be enough wood to build wooden houses for generations? In Vienna, a Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences is here to answer all of our questions.
North Korea - Marathon for the People
North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world - and yet it gives sports enthusiasts the unique opportunity to participate in a marathon through the capital Pjongjang. Dozens of international runners use the huge event also to find out more about the country and ist people, about military and nuclear programs or about their cautious modernization.
Northern Lights - The European Union Youth Orchestra with Baiba Skride
About 140 young talents from all 28 European countries met in Grafenegg to represent the EU and its «Diverse Unity». The «European Union Youth Orchestra» not only offers this young musical elite an opportunity to progress in their careers, but it also treats its members to musical delicacies. When the young musicians meet gifted conductors such as Vasily Petrenko and the celebrated violinist Baiba Skride at the Grafenegg Festival, they are guaranteed a musical delight. They can savour Grafenegg's «Northern Lights» Program together, enjoy works from Northern countries and travel from Estonia to Sweden through compositions by the wonderful Arvo Pärt, Jean Sibelius and many more.
Olympic Fever in Rio
More than 15,000 athletes and tens of thousands of coaches, support staff and spectators are expected to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Following the controversial hosting of the football World Cup two years ago, Brazil is on the verge of its next great sporting event, yet Brazil's economy is mired in crisis, the infrastructure is disastrous, and the security situation due to the still enormous inequality is challenging. This World Journal visits the city to find out more, taking in diverse areas from Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, from Rio's chic beach district of Ipanema with its hip cafes and restaurants, where even a simple evening meal can cost EUR100, to the favelas in the hills in the north of the city, the rough slums of Brazil.
On the Rails - Trains of the Double-Headed Eagle V
The latest episode in the five part series On the Rails of the Double Eagle focuses on the history of the railway in the Hungarian half of the Hapsburg Empire. The Hungarian rail network was characterized by its star layout, which it has retained to this day. Those who built the railway routes also took advantage of the geography of the Hungarian lowlands.
Opening up Iran - A Chance for Business and Human Rights
For a decade Iran has been excluded from international trade because of its nuclear policies. With the ending of sanctions in mid-January, the Islamic theocracy has again stepped onto the international trade stage. Will this economic expansion also lead to socio-political change? Systematic human rights violations, arbitrary arrests and hundreds of executions still take place every year.
Otto Wagner - Vienna's Visionary of Modern Architecture
This film focuses on the architect, urban planner and designer Otto Wagner's amazing world and builds a bridge between his early Historicist works and his Jugendstil masterpieces. The goal is to paint a truthful picture of the artist's life and work until he became the modernist architect we all know and love.
When a female barn-owl's home - an old disused barn - is demolished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long- and short- eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become - unfairly - associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
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.
Paphos - No Man's Home
What happens to a society in which every fifth is forced to leave his home and live at someone else's place? When Cyprus was politically divided in 1974, large parts of the population were forcefully moved. 200,000 people, almost 20% of the entire Population were affected. Whole villages have even lost their entire original population. This movie tells the story of this cultural dislocation from the critical perspective of two young Cyprians. They represent a young generation full of intelligent, self-confident and politically interested Cyprians who want to part with their parents' and grandparents' deadlocked standpoint regarding the Cyprus dispute and its consequences- and this, without losing track of their cultural roots. They also meet two strong Cyprian women who, in the past few years, shaped the reappraisal of the conflict their own way.
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.
Pilgrimage Between Faith and Money
Two brothers and their Moslem father undertake a great journey - the islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the largest annual gathering of Muslim people in the world. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. During their journey they get to ask many questions: Why shall the birth house of Prophet Muhammad be torn down? How high will the Billion dollar investment rise to make 10 million out of 2,5 million pilgrims in 5 years? And who makes good money out of it? This fascinating journey leads, on its spiritual as well as journalistic way, through long-lost places right to the sanctuaries of Islam.
Places of Childhood
This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
Poland - Heading Right
First Hungary, now Poland - a massive swing to the right is taking place in Eastern Europe. Since Poland's nationalist party holds office, an authoritarian style has taken over: free media are under pressure, militias are formed, civil rights are limited and abortions to be forbidden again. While some are afraid of losing democracy, others support the politics of their government. Jakub, around 27 years old is a member of a paramilitary group in the east of Poland. Marching, shooting, fighting - exercises for the case of an emergency. He wishes for more border controls and is against the Schengen Agreement. Marija is 23 and claimed during the Corpus Christi procession in Cracow that she's in favor of tightening the abortion law as planned by the government. An abortion should only be possible if the mother's life is threatened, but not after a rape or due to serious disabilities. Parts of the Polish civil society are against it and call for demonstrations against the government's politics.
Portugal - Wild Land on the Edge
When Portugal was a great power linking the Old and New Worlds, wild mountain horses small enough for cramped ocean-going ships were captured and exported to gold-greedy Conquistadores. Now Portugal´s Algarve sea-horses are threatened by the excesses of tourism: plunging anchors, noisy jet-skis, illegal fishing. Portugal's 20th Century dictator Salazar imported inflammable eucalyptus trees for the timber industry, that caused devastating fires. But today hundreds of white storks still nest in Portugal's ancient, fire-proof cork oaks; while others nest on the cliffs and rock pillars of the Atlantic coast, battered by the world´s biggest waves. Endangered Mediterranean monk seals are rebuilding their numbers off Desertas Island, a rocky outcrop dominated by Europe´s largest wolf spider. With climate change massive flocks of Flamingos set up winter camp in the Tejo Delta at the gates of Lisbon, instead of migrating to Africa. Portugal: still a departure point for great adventures and a welcome home -- balanced on the threshold between land and sea.
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.
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.
The Quiz Castle, a combination of 3D animation and film elements, is a funny show in which the audience gets to guess along. It specifically caters for the needs of pre-school children. The two ghosts, Rattlehead and Pizza Poltergeist, invite viewers into their castle to take part in fun and entertaining games and quizzes. They have to answer tricky questions in each and every hall and in each and every chamber within the hallowed walls. And they get to learn amazing tricks and recognize optical illusions. «Quiz Castle» was developed in cooperation with the British Company «Absolutely Cuckoo».
Quiz Congress - The Political Talk Show
Innovative, relevant, close to the audience and an unusual quizmaster - in each episode five citizens are faced with questions about the election as well as one of the top candidates of the parliament parties who will answer their questions as well.
This format shows what citizens really know about their parties and the political programs and systems the top candidates stand for.
Beastly good entertainment is a safe bet in this funny and exciting quiz show with its many tricky questions from the animal kingdom, where both adults and children can put "animal" knowledge and quickness to the test. We will also visit these fascinating animals in the zoo, such as the banded mongoose, which can crack eggs with a very special trick.
Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
The Axel of the story is a reporter desperate to secure an interview with Mills that will make or break his career, but who finds that all his efforts are thwarted by both the actress and the shenanigans of the studio moguls. Showing opera stars Bettina Mönch as Gloria Mills and Andreas Bieber as Axel amongst others with outstanding sounds from the Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorenz C. Aichner, in combination with its special black-and-white visual design, this operetta is an exceptional Music experience.
Axel at Heaven's Gate is much more than a period piece and well worth discovering as it makes its return to Vienna at the Volksoper Wien; indeed it is a work that offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had it not been for the war; one that might have seen Viennese operetta continue to prosper alongside the still young medium of cinema.
The documentary film, « Re-Sound Beethoven» whisks the viewer away with the orchestra of the Vienna Academy and its musical director, Martin Haselböck, on a musical journey to the original venues in Vienna of the premières and debut performances of Beethoven's symphonies and other important compositions. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century.
Retort Cities - How India Plans Progress
The Indian government is all geared up for growth. In the next 20 years, over 300 Million people will move from the countryside and settle into towns. This will lead to an enormous new market. The government had initially announced the future constructions of 100 new megapolises. But the project has become even more ambitious. So-called «smart cities» are currently being designed and will provide living spaces and jobs for an emerging middle class. Whereas developed, traditional towns usually feature dated and completely swamped buildings; the latest technologies will be at the core of these «Smart Cities». Energy sources shall be renewable and traffic jams shall belong in the past once transport systems become remote-controlled and the inhabitants' safety will be ensured by a forward-thinking surveillance system. But all the farmers currently cultivating these lands are turning their backs to the government's proposal and rejecting the rural exodus which is expected of them.
Paul, a somewhat unusual chef, takes us on a journey aboard his Food-Bike across beautiful Austrian regions to visit forward thinking farmers in their greenhouses, vineyards and fields. They show him how their crops are produced, give him numerous tips and tell him many anecdotes. They harvest, cook and laugh together. Take a peek into the daily life of today's passionate heroes: farmers and volunteers for institutions, initiatives and organizations who work hard for sustainable agriculture.
Romania - The Scramble for Land
Austrian investors secure access to important resources in Romania. As early as 2002, Andreas Bardeau acquired 9,000 hectares of farmland in the Banat. Today he farms about 18,000 hectares with his son, making him one of the biggest foreign agriculture investors. With only 160 employees he produces 7,000 litres of milk a day and thousands of tons of grain per year. In addition to the amount realised, he annually collects 3 million Euros from Brussels agricultural funding coffers. Small farmers, however, who practise biological, sustainable agriculture on 20 hectares and raise traditional cow breeds, get no agricultural subsidies. That fate is shared by 70% of Romanian businesses. The dominant position of the Austrian is now bringing more and more critics to the scene.
Royal Icons - Field Marshall Radetzky
Field Marshall Radetzky was the hero the declining empire needed. He inspired Emperor Franz Joseph and the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire to the point where the Radetzkymarsch still resonates across the world on New Year's Day. But his life wasn't that simple, and not as luxurious as one might think.
Rudolf Buchbinder - Celebrity, Enthusiast
He has always been the youngest, the most gifted, the child genius. In December 2016 Rudolf Buchbinder will celebrate his 70th birthday and immodestly wishes to see the climax of his pianist's career at the end of his career.
The film portrays the world-famous pianist and his deep relationship with «his» classic works and shows him for example in his position as successful artistic director of the Grafenegger music festival, where he presents the biggest stars of the music world. Interviews prove how much his colleagues appreciate him. Amongst them conductors like Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Andriss Nelsons, Mariss Jansons and many others.
Russia - 25 Years Without Communism
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. How have the lives of the people in Russia changed since? This documentary gives people who experienced the end of the Soviet Union a voice: passionate communists for whom a world came to an end; dissidents who fought for democracy.
Russia's Wild Sea
Part I: Only the Thoughest
Part II: Tides of Plenty
The Sea of Okhotsk lies between the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Japanese island of Hokkaido: the last and greatest unspoiled ocean on Earth. It can be harsh and unforgiving; temperatures drop to -40 degrees, typhoons and tsunamis lash the shores. But it's also a wildlife paradise where animals grow bigger, stronger and more numerous than anywhere else. Its iconic animals are giant brown bears, the world's biggest sea eagles and the acrobatic spotted seals. Grizzlies here don't all hibernate; some dip into the thermal baths and geysers left by the world's most active volcanoes. The few human inhabitants are held by the glory of the natural spectacles, including the world's largest seabird colonies, orca pods and humpback whales.
Salzburg - City of White Gold
Salzburg has salt to thank for its grandeur and for its wealth. This "white gold" with which god has blessed these mountains was so valuable it was used as currency during the Middle Ages. Although it was just as essential an ingredient as it is today, it also had another function: to preserve food in the absence of refrigeration. Given that it was crucial for the preservation of provisions, journeys at sea would have been unimaginable without it. This ORFIII program looks back at salt production and explains its archiepiscopal aspects from this perspective.
Secrets of Squirrels
Everybody loves squirrels, and yet we only know them from their brief visits to ground level. Now, extraordinary 4K storytelling shows European red squirrels in their own environment: high up in the treetops. This documentary traces their lifecycle from their preparations for winter, nest-building and nut-storing, through mating and rearing their young - and surviving the attacks of predators. Squirrels do nothing slowly, and this film shows why! The film also focuses on the grey squirrel, the bigger, stronger transatlantic interloper that carries a virus the reds can't combat. Greys now dominate most of Britain and much of Italy, but there's a lively campaign to win back for the cuddly red some of its lost territory!
Without rejecting medication altogether, this documentary shows how esoteric medicine might focus more on the distributor's interests rather than on the patients'. Where traditional medicine fails, alternative methods such as omeopathy and Tai Chi can help.
Sister Mary of Nairobi
The slums of Nairobi are home to more than two million people. Caught in a mire of need and suffering from which there is almost no escape. Sister Mary sees no reason to give up. The combative Irish nun has spent the past forty years battling corruption and mismanagement in the Kenyan capital. She has built schools and training workshops in the middle of the slums and in doing so has saved tens of thousands of slum-dwellers from a life of crime, violence and hunger.
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.
The splendid town of Kitzbuehel, at the foot of theAustrian Alps, set in unspoilt countryside and popularwith the jet set, makes a fascinating settingfor this thrilling detective series. «K-Files» featuresa dynamic young team of investigators, a gourmetchef full of bright ideas, a countess well acquaintedwith jet set life and a large portion of humour. Theresult is a witty and exciting detective series of avery special kind!The series is built around a young team of CIDofficers who constantly encounter extremelybaffling murder cases
Episodes:1-33 distributed by ZDF Enterprises 34-257 distributed by ORF
Sound of Vienna
Vienna is internationally renowed for its music, composers, virtuosos and conductors. It is the ultimate city of music. Tourists from accross the globe come here to enjoy Austria's capital, and countless music lovers from around the world send their talented kids here to study music. This film penetrates into the secrets of the art of musical instrument making. A musical survey of workshops, rehearsal rooms, concert halls, stages and museums, as well as high-tech Studios and labs. And neither classic- nor modern music go short.
Spotlight Murder -- Real Murders, Real Investigators, Real Thrills
The eight-part crime reenactment series combines the plot-driven narrative structure of a classic whodunit mystery with the events of a real murder case. The series is presented by the real investigators, crime scene technicians, and medical examiners in charge of the original cases. They relate their impressions during the investigation and explain it step by step. In elaborate reenactment scenes, the audience is sent on an exciting investigative journey.
8 x 45min.
Springtime in Vienna 2016
Conducted by Manfred Honeck the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra will take you on a wonderful journey through Austria with selected masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by the passionate musical artist and pianist Helene Grimaud.
Springtime in Vienna 2018
For more than 40 years the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra's traditional Springtime concert will be recorded live from the Goldener Saal of the Vienna Musikverein and will take you on a Musical journey through selected masterpieces from various world-famous composers! The Viennese symphonic orchestra celebrated 2018th spring season with the renowned conductor Adam Fischer as well as Ondrej Janoska (violin), Roman Janoska (violin), Julius Darvas (double bass), Frantisek Janoska (piano) with masterpieces of Brahms, Dvorák and Strauss.
Stars and Stripes
Why is a baby deer born with white spots -and why do they disappear as it grows? Why is a young wild boar striped? What makes the stripes fade with age? And why is a goshawk spotted when it's young, and striped when it's older? «Somatolysis» is the answer. This ancient Greek expression means «dissolution of the body»: by changing its shape and contour. For many animals it's the key to survival in the critical first days and weeks. It works like a magic cloak, that makes hatchlings and youngsters virtually invisible. A female deer leaves her fawn unattended for hours. It's not strong enough to follow her, but she needs to graze to produce milk to feed it. The fawn's only hope is to be invisible. Maybe bright white spots aren't such a bad idea in a meadow full of daisies...
Stars on Street
«Stars on Street» is a cultural experiment with hidden cameras. What happens when internationally renowned artists take themselves out of their usual context of the concert hall or the opera house, and present themselves to the public without the usual trappings? The multimedia «Stars on Street» project supplies entertaining answers to this question and follows Aleksey Igudesman, Ildikó Raimondi, Martin Grubinger, Natalia Ushakova and Herbert Lippert as they attempt to make a go of being street artists.
Suburbia - Women on the Edge
Five women, whose biggest challenge so far has been surviving their daily hour-long luxus shopping tours burning up their husband's credit cards, are taken by complete surprise when suddenly one of them is divorced by her husband and thrown out of the house.
Instantly the remaining BFFs realize that the same could happen to them - and their survival instinct awakens. How convenient that their husbands - all businessmen with a quite strong inclination towards corruption - are planning a big deal using their ignorant wives. What the men don't know is that their wives are setting out to turn the tables. Never would they suspect having unleashed a bunch of beautiful beasts...
Tatort - Defenseless
The body of the head of the police academy is discovered. At first everything points towards suicide with his own service weapon, especially as his wife has been found dead on the top floor of the building. It seems he beat her to death in the heat of the moment. But the autopsy paints a whole other picture. The projectile in his chest wasn't fired from his own weapon; yet the type of bullet is a police-only issue. That means the perpetrator is most likely from his own ranks. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigations at the police academy dig up some extremely suspicious facts.
Tatort - Fork It Over
An initially unidentifi able corpse has been found, with the perpetrator or perpetrators having made it deliberately diffi cult for the police to fi nd out what took place.
Tatort - Shock
The team of investigators is faced with an unusually delicate task: They aren't supposed to solve a murder case, but rather prevent one.
Tatort - Shooting Star
Before the final round of a commercial broadcaster's talent show, music manager and jury member Udo Hausberger is found strangled in his villa. It looks like an accident during an extreme sex game. But during the autopsy a crumpled piece of paper is found in the throat of the victim. Clearly the Music manager has choked on that, and suddenly suicide is out of the question. On this paper, the investigators discover lyrics, which the young man with a wonderful voice is to sing who is regarded as the favourite likely to win.
Tatort - The Art of War
A Turkish businessman has been murdered. It seems that he was involved with organised crime.
Tatort - The Fist
Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner face a new enigma as a tattooed body is found in a spectacular display.
Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
The boundaries between man and machine, between technology and nature, are becoming increasingly blurred and might even disappear completely in the future. Information technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are not only making considerable inroads into society, but also more and more directly into human nature. The day when Homo sapiens is able to consciously design and radically change himself is not far away. A far-reaching optimisation of the human race using both existing and future technology seems to be the next logical step that mankind will take to bring himself closer to perfection.
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.
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.
The Battle for Water
The battle for the elixir of life - water - is currently exciting public opinion in Europe. This has been triggered by fears that the EU might privatise the water supply.The basic question is: Is water a public commodity or is it ok to do business with it on a grand scale? For the EU Commission it has nothing at all to do with forced privatisation, but rather greater transparency in public procurement. Nevertheless, opponents see the common ownership of water being threatened by the commercial interests of big business. And critics fear that water is increasingly becoming a profit-making object of speculation. The consequences for consumers are always the same - lower water quality and increased costs. But is this all just scaremongering and unnecessary hysteria?
The Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach
The Christmas story that has shaped our culture for more than 1500 years, embedded in the region around Werfenweng, Pfarrwerfen, Werfen, Hohenwerfen Castle and the Eisriesenwelt cave: a region characterised both by contrasts and by a tumultuous history. Bleakness, hardship, political turmoil and persecution had been what life was like for centuries for people who had to eke out a living in these mountains with the simplest of means. The breathtaking beauty of the landscape provides a counterpoint: the charm of the Werfenweng plateau, the dramatic power of the karst mountains, the defiant pugnacity of the castle. Winterklang Werfenweng (Werfenweng Sounds of Winter) combines the wonderful music of Johann Sebastian Bach with the magical winter landscape of Werfenweng. The focus of this fusion of the concert in Werfen parish church with images of the region is Christmas. Regardless of your religion, age or social background, Christmas touches all of us, whether spiritually or commercially, positively or negatively.
The Csárdás Princess - Vienna Volksoper
Even over one hundred years after its first performance in 1915, this parade of hits from the Silver Age of operetta still has great appeal. Peter Lund, among other things known for his award-winning «Axel at Heaven's Gate», also performed at the Vienna Volksoper and distributed by ORF-Enterprise, staged the operetta: Sylva Varescu is a celebrated stage star. The nobleman Edwin von und zu Lippert-Weylersheim is desperately in love with her, but a nobleman must not get involved with a cabaret singer. Edwin's parents have already arranged an engagement with his cousin Stasi ...
The Electric Sound of Vienna
"Out of Vienna" presents a piece of music history that is still alive and kicking -- electronic music and downbeat. This music was and is played in concert halls, clubs and living rooms worldwide. Its protagonists are from Vienna -- and yet at home all over the world. This group includes, among others, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Patrick Pulsinger, Rodney Hunter, Sugar B, Christopher Just, Makossa & Megablast and the cool Electric Indigo. "Out of Vienna" looks at the beginnings of musical creation in the 1990s, shows the current life of the musicians and explores the musical development to date.
The Elephant Kings
The 300 square kilometre Tembe Elephant Park on the border between South Africa and Mozambique is one of the few safe havens for the so-called «Great Tuskers»- bull elephants with gigantic tusks. The sanctuary was established in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Rhinoceroses, lions, leopards and buffaloes live alongside the elephant kings in the park. The local community runs the park autonomously, opens it for tourists and runs a lodge.
The Factory - Future of a Ruine
What's going to happen to this stone spectator of its age, which has long stood silent: the «old» BENE Factory? The history of a renowned furniture factory shows how furniture design has changed, while the factory architecture shows how production and working practices have developed since the 1950s.
The Fairy Queen
By dropping the spoken scenes of the whole semi-opera and highlighting the ear-candy songs, fabulous dance scenes, clever effects and on stage-silliness of Purcell's work Harnoncourt father and son let the audience sit back and enjoy the memorable «masques» en suite. Taken on its own, the colourful series of scenes turns out to be a Baroque version of the «Everyman» play, where in a magical night a young couple encounters the heralds of nature. They remind the young persons of who they are, where they come from and where they are headed. And as you can see: The imagination knows no bounds in the realm of the Fairy Queen.
The Gift of a Day
The report «The Gift of a Day» follows six people as they go about their voluntary activities for one day - in a variety of quite different fields. «It is one of the most sensible things that I have ever done in my life!» says pensioner Elisabeth Benesch, who gives her time to people who themselves have little time left in the palliative care ward of her local hospital. And she herself is rewarded in return: «The experiences that I have had doing this are a blessing that nobody can take away from me,» she says.
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 Habsburg Emperors' Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea became the upper class' most prestigious summer destination of the 19th century. These rich and powerful holiday seekers took the southern train to places such as Opatija, Lovran, Losinj, Rijeka, and Portoroz which, until then, were still largely unknown, almost as fast as it does today. In this new production, we track down the imperial charm and lifestyle of the time. The spirit of this glossy era, during which summer tourism was invented, lives on in many historical hotels and cafes.
The Last Emperor - Franz Joseph I. between Power and Powerlessness
Franz Joseph's rule lasted 68 years, making him the longest reigning Habsburg monarch. Not long after the passing of Emperor Franz Joseph on 21st November 1916, the dynasty, which had endured for centuries, collapsed. He became the symbol of the Habsburg Monarchy, a multi-ethnic state with all of its potential and problems. One of the greatest challenges for the dual monarchy was to unite the 11 nationalities and even more ethnic groups. This documentary off ers a glimpse of the person behind the political fi gure, showing a man caught between power and powerlessness.
The Magic Flute - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Max Simonischek makes his opera debut as Papageno in this performance of Mozart's «Magic Flute». Husband and wife team Carolin Pienkos and Cornelius Obonya will also be directing their first performance on this impressive open-air stage in the former Roman quarry. The unique backdrop of the St. Margarethen quarry offers a spectacular yet magical backdrop for Mozart's parable on love and reason.
The Nero Files - Uncovering an Ancient Conspiracy
He's the most notorious of all Roman emperors. Heburned Rome, he engaged in incest, and killed hismother, his wife and thousands of Christians. Hewas a psycho. But suppose it was all lies? Whatif the «crimes» he committed never happened, orwere normal behaviour for a Roman emperor? Supposehis enemies decided to trash his reputation,and succeeded for two thousand years? Was Neroactually a hero, who took from the rich and gave tothe poor? Historians, psychologists, criminologistsand toxicologists are brought in as this documentaryreopens a cold case. Together they reveal a complexweb of lies, deflections and intrigues. Flashbacksand re-enactments encourage the viewer toexplore theories that are suddenly undermined byunexpected twists. The result: a reassessment ofRoman history. It's time to re-examine the NeroFiles.
The Origin Story of the Coronavirus
Das Corona-Virus, das die derzeitige Pandemie verursacht, ist von Wildtieren auf Menschen übertragen worden.
Um in Zukunft eine weitere katastrophale Pandemie zu verhindern, muss man mehr über seinen Ursprung erfahren. Woher also stammt das bisher unbekannte Virus, wie genau wurde es auf den Menschen übertragen und wo? Zwei Täter stehen seit Wochen unter dringendem Verdacht: eine kleine Fledermausart und das Schuppentier. Man glaubt, auch den Tatort für die erste Infektion zu kennen: einen Markt in der chinesischen Stadt Wuhan. Doch so einfach ist die Geschichte nicht. Selbst angesehene Wissenschaftler streiten über die Entstehung einer Pandemie, die vermutlich in der Wildnis ihren Ursprung hat und die Welt bis heute in Atem hält.
The Power of Gratitude
Grouchy and dissatisfied - who doesn't feel that way sometimes? In «The Power of Gratitude» we meet prominent people who might have good reason to moan, but who nevertheless are grateful for their lives - even if they have not always had it easy.
The Priest That Rocks - Guy Gilbert
82 year old rocker Guy Gilbert is also a Priest and uses his excentricity to help bring young parisians back on the right track.
The Prince and the Chief: Travels in the Interiors of North America
He has been a hero for generations of readers: Winnetou, the noble Apache, created by author Karl May in the late 19th Century. Millions of readers and viewers have been riveted by his adventures, and his friendship with the frontiersman Old Shatterhand. Behind the fiction lies a true story. In April 1833, scientist Maximilian von Wied, a German prince, and Swiss painter Karl Bodmer travelled up the Missouri by steamboat. They planned to observe and record the indigenous peoples and the epic landscape of the American West. During the trip, Von Wied befriended Mato Tope ('Four Bears') the deputy chief of the Mandan Tribe. Thanks to this relationship it became possible for Von Wied and Karl Bodmer to see the world of the indigenous peoples through different eyes. This documentary as well as the writings of Karl May are based on both accounts and memories of Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer.
The Professor. The Oilfield Mystery (Professor Kramer and the Mystery of the Russian Blood)
Adelgunde, Contemporary History professor at the University of Vienna, is a passionate academic and aims to launch a new Institute of European Social History. The young Russian Historian Jekatarina comes to Vienna to study- or so it seems. She wants to write her doctoral thesis on the reconstruction in the Russian occupation zones and Adelgunde is her supervisor. But Jekatarina has other motives to get to know Adelgunde. Adelgund's father worked in oil fields in Lower Austria during the Russian occupation. One day, he was taken prisoner in Siberia under suspicion of sabotage, and his family was only informed of his death years later. What Adelgunde, her mother and younger sister Heidrun aren't aware of, is that he founded a new family in the camp. She claims to be Adelgunde's missing father's grandchild. When both women start to dig into their family history, which is linked to a current murder case, their personal and political differences become flagrant. And a long buried family secret comes to light.
The Search for the Secret
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born 90 years ago, on 12th July 1926 in Vienna. He is among the world's leading spiritual masters of the present day. The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book, Credo. Their joint appearances are some of the most exciting of all interfaith dialogues.
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.
The Secret Life of Snakes
They are among the most hated und feared animals on the planet - only few people recognize their beauty. This documentary features some of Europe's most stunning species, like the European adder, the nose-horned viper, the dice snake, the ringed snake and the Aesculapian snake. After a winter safe in burrows, sometimes in bundles of hundreds, the spring's warmth brings them back to life. Adders at 2,000 metres in the Alps have extra survival skills: they are almost pitch-black to absorb every last ray from the sun, and their offspring are born alive - it would be too cold for eggs. Storks and herons, martens and polecats predate their lower altitude cousins. Most snakes avoid humans. The Aesculapian snake likes to shimmy up trees to catch birds, but it's happiest where humans store grain or dump waste - that attracts lots of mice. And Europe has its own constrictor! So watch out next time you're walking in the park ...
The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Impact
More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our «lodgers» are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as «intestinal flora», they facilitate our metabolism.
The Tales of Hoffmann - Oper Klosterneuburg
Hoffmann, poet and epitome of the hapless genius, awaits Stella, the prima donna and his latest sweetheart. Seduced by his muse into a fantasy world, he experiences a true bacchanalia between reality and dream, carried by sensually beguiling sounds: Olympia, the charming, fragile doll, the tender Antonia, who dies from her art and Giulietta, the beautiful, refined courtesan and thief of men's souls.
The Vienna Boys' Choir - A Polyphonic Youth
Angelic voices in sailor suits: That's the image of the Vienna Boys' Choir rooted in the minds of people
around the world. On sold-out concert tours they delight the masses. Their performance at the
Vienna New Year's Concert reaches an audience of billions. In Austria they are part of the cultural identity
anyway. Yet hardly anyone can imagine what the not quite normal everyday life of a Vienna Choir
Boy is like.The documentary «The Vienna Boys' Choir -- A Polyphonic Youth» shows a very special
point of view: From the perspective of a Choir Boy.
The Vitamin Lie
We often forget that taking too many vitamin tablets can be damaging for our health.
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?
The Woman who Knew Too Much: A Cold Case from the Cold War
Brilliant young Austrian economist Margarethe Ottillinger was arrested on 5th November 1948, crossing a bridge between the Soviet and American zones in post-war Vienna. It was a classic Cold War kidnapping. Ottilinger had been researching the Soviet exploitation of Austrian industry, but even after her release from a Russian prison seven years later, she never learned the official reason for her detention and torture. The rumour persisted that she was sacrificed by her boss and lover, the Austrian economics minister Peter Krauland. He had a Nazi past and there was evidence of a complicated web of corruption and political conspiracy. Using latest revelations from Russian and Austrian archives, this film turns a tragic personal story into an iconic account of Cold War deceit and skullduggery.
Through a Raven's Eye
The Common Raven is the largest, cleverest and bravest European corvid - brave enough to make its home in the harsh landscape of the «Totes Gebirge». This barren limestone plateau at 2,500 meters soaks up rainwater, leaving the peaks bone-dry. Further down, the precipitation creates a paradise of turquoise lakes, pristine springs, moss-covered forests and mysterious moors. The temporary karst springs bring further specialist behavior: landlocked Danube bleak make short and spectacular migrations to their spawning grounds, and wallcreepers scurry up and down steep cliff s, looking for larvae; while chamois, ptarmigans and mountain hares eke out a living amongst the jagged rocks. Gliding on silent wings through this landscape of contrasts, the raven takes us on a tour of his realm.
To Hell With It!
This quiz show concept in which two candidates compete with each other
in a completely new way and which incorporates people from the studio audience as temporary
players, marks a true innovation in terms of layout and game system and additionally
merges aspects of a quiz show and an entertainment show
with entertaining personalities and musical elements.
- Two candidates
- Two bodyguards
- The Sirens (male of female DJ + singer, living jingle)
- Studio audience
Zur Hölle damit! («To Hell With That!») is a 45-minute quiz show that is as fair as life itself in which two candidates compete for a game account that only one of them can command in the end.
The person who makes it to the foreground as an active candidate should avoid making mistakes as their opponent may immediately snatch the account and the game away from them again.
The person who achieves three correct answers first becomes an active candidate in the foreground. The other candidate remains in the background, «lurking».
THE GAME'S FIVE ROUNDS
Each round consists of four questions from the categories image riddles, odd rhymes, classic quiz questions, twisted words and tough riddles involving clues.
For every CORRECT answer, the active candidate receives money onto their game account.
If they give a WRONG answer, the positions are immediately reversed, accompanied by vocals. The «lurking candidate» becomes the active candidate, taking over account balance and game. As soon as this candidate gives a WRONG answer, however, the positions are once again reversed.
In case a candidate doesn't know the correct answer, they can opt to skip a question once per round to maintain their position in the foreground which is important for the final round. If the active candidate says the words «zur Hölle damit!» («To Hell With That!»), a randomly selected person from the studio audience is given the chance to win the respective prize money. Should they succeed, the candidate loses the respective amount, but maintains their position in the foreground for the time being.
The candidate who manages to answer the last question of the last round correctly commands the account balance and moves on to the final round.
First, the possible win (20,000 EUR) is divided by the account balance (e.g. 4,000 EUR). The result yields the number or possible answers to the final question.
Example: 20,000/ 4,000 = 5
In this case, the candidate would receive a final question with FIVE possible answers.
If the candidate provides a CORRECT answer, they win the 20,000 EUR
If the candidate provides a WRONG answer, they lose everything.
If the candidate provides NO answer, they can attempt to at least save the account balance (4,000 EUR) for themselves. In such a case, however, the «lurking candidate» gets one more chance.
Only if the «lurking candidate» provides a WRONG answer, the active candidate can keep the 4,000 EUR for themselves.
If the «lurking candidate» provides a CORRECT answer, the account balance is divided between the two.
Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air
«Floria Tosca» is one of the signature roles of the versatile soprano Martina Serafin, whose beautiful voice has lately been heard in all the major opera houses around the world. Vocal quality of the highest level can be expected from the international singers hired by the new director of the opera, Maren Hofmeister. The musical director is Michael Güttler, the principal conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. For the first time the orchestra of the State Opera of the Prague National Theatre will perform in St. Margarethen.
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?
How does a magician get a rabbit into his top hat? What is a magic cup and how is it made? «Enchant and astound»- that is the tagline of this children's show! The makers of Explorer Express whisk young viewers away to the astonishing world of artifice and magic. Children are given an insight into the world of artists and illusionists through exciting magic tricks and unusual handicraft, which they are encouraged to admire and imitate. Some of the best kept magician's secrets are also revealed: Cuddly toys miraculously disappear and heads are made to turn around!
Turkey - Quo Vadis
What was going on during the coup attempt, the mass arrest and mass dismissal in Turkey and how did it affect the political sentiment?
UK - Starting Shot Brexit
After UK's vote to quit the European Union - what is the outcome of the British referendum? How has economy fared since the Brexit vote?
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.
Far away, in south east Europe, a country dominated by high peaks and crystal-clear waters is home to a vast range of wild animals: Albania. Lake Ohrid, Europe's oldest lake, in the east, supports hundreds of endemic animals. It has outlived earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and even Ice Ages. The Balkans' largest lake, Lake Scutari, once part of the Adriatic Sea, is a vast bird reserve protecting Dalmatian pelicans, the rarest on the planet. Just 7 meters deep, Lake Scutari hosts a variety of small marshland animals that feed herons, ibis and flamingoes. In the springtime, it is covered by millions of water lilies, perfect shelter for snakes and other predators. This region also hosts the big predators: brown bears, lynx and jackals, in an intact habitat barely disturbed by humanity.This truly is a hidden Eden!
Urban Comedies: Faith for Beginners
To win his true love and to get his own restaurant, Musa has to convert to Christianity and become a Muslim at the same time. Becoming a Muslim and a Christian at the same time - an insoluble dilemma? Not for Musa!
Urban Comedies: Gifted
Gerold works as a journalist and is a confirmed cynic. He spends his free time mostly with getting drunk - until he becomes unexpectedly responsible for the 14-year-old son of a friend. In addition, an anonymous well-wisher donates all of a sudden large sums of money to the charitable organization that Gerold's newspaper articles are looking into.
Urban Comedies: Harrinator
Harri Pinter is a jerk and his long term girlfriend, Ines, has lost hope that he could ever grow up. She suddenly starts dating another man and Harri dives right into a midlife crisis. Dörki is the only friend he has left and also the weirdest guy in town. He still believes in the «jerk's» good heart.
USA's Health Reform
The Republicans in the US Senate have taken the first step towards the abolition of the health reform.
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.
Vanishing Kings - The Next Generation - Surviving The Skeleton Coast
The mother of the Five Musketeers, the heartwarming tragic heroes of «Vanishing Kings», bore three female desert lion cubs. When she disappears, days of frantic searching lead the sisters to a kill, viciously defended by their own aunt! Eventually, she lets them feed and follow her, scavenging what she leaves behind. Reaching an oasis with no maternal tutor they improvise, hunting ducks and cormorants as well as slaking their thirst. When one sisters disappears, the remaining two fear the worst. Until they realize she is now hunting oryx and giraffe with their aggressive aunt! Then one day, the two sisters discover the Skeleton Coast, ocean waves, and Cape fur seals. Desert lions have become coastal lions, with extraordinary self-taught behaviour, never documented before!
Vanishing Kings II - The Musketeer's Legacy
In the ancient Namib Desert, a young adult male lion wakes up on a desolate plain, far away from home. He is desperate to find his four brothers, who went missing a few days ago. Wandering through the desert all alone, he has just started the journey of a lifetime. Will he find his brothers? Will they reunite? - Part II of the story of the «Five Musketeers» follows them on their dangerous first steps into adulthood.
Venice and the Ghetto
2016 sees the 500th anniversary of one of the most far-reaching inventions of the modern age: the Ghetto. Founded in Venice, it took what became its notorious name from a disused copper foundry. The birth of the Ghetto represents in many respects a turning point in the history of the Jewish people. The idea of the ghetto comprised three key features: the compulsion for the Jews to settle there, their strict separation from the rest of the Population and their imprisonment within walls and locked gates.
Venus - The Naked Truth
Ever since her discovery, the Venus of Willendorf has made waves all over the world. Her celebrity exploded when Facebook banned images of her due to explicit nudity - despite the fact that she is made of stone, stands just seven centimetres high and is 29,500 years old. The «Stone Age Mona Lisa» is one of human history's oldest artworks - and a source of mystery. With the help of Venus von Willendorf, researchers now can dismantle accepted myths about the Stone Age and make a fresh evaluation of old archaeological discoveries essential. Experts are coming ever closer to discovering the reality of Stone Age societies and gender roles within them. Scientists are shaking the traditional clichés and found out that women went hunting, did hard labor and were even warriors...
Waterways of Northern Italy
Northern Italy's rivers carry both goods and memories. Its picturesque landscape still bears marks of its History as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the entire lagoon-city which is Venice is a constant physical reminder of what these rivers are capable of.
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2016
Get ready for this year's "When the Music Plays
Winter Open Air 2016", taking place in the wonderful
winter ambience Bad Kleinkirchheim! This
amazing mixture of stars of folk -and pop music will
create an outstanding musical experience for true
folk music fans!
We will enjoy the event with special guests like Nik P., Nockalm Quintett, Wahnsinns3, Zellberg Buam, Zillertaler Mander, Schürzenjäger, Melanie Payer, Oberkrainer Polka Mädels andmany more!
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.
Where to, Mr. President?
Wouldn't you like to see your future President pushing his own campaign car out of the dirt? See him sing along with his favorite music? Discover what kind of person really lies under his political skin? «Where to, Mr. President?» shows you exactly that. Our Format «Where to, Mr. President?» delivers your audience the human being behind the political mask.
Wild Austria - Created by Water
Part I: White Water, Blue Water Part II: The Flow of Time
Austria's Alpine glaciers, ancient seas and mighty rivers have carved out giant mountains, caves and lakes - key to its wildlife today. Eagles, ibex, marmots and deer are iconic, but there are other, stranger creatures: Goosander ducks breed in hollows high in trees. Just a day old, long before they can fly, the newly-hatched ducklings must leap up to ten meters to join their mother in the brook below. Through glacier melt, via waterfalls, streams and lakes, water finds its way downstream, creating habitats for lynx, wolves and foxes, but also owls, bats, frogs, dragonflies and water birds. They all find their home in Austria's unforgettable landscapes, created by water's endless cycle and ever-changing forms.
Wild Boar - The Comeback
This is the story of the most underrated animal in our forests - and its remarkable comeback. Once stopped in its tracks by the Iron Curtain, the wild boar was given a huge boost by its fall in 1989. Suddenly nothing separated boars from western Europe's easy agri-pickings. In Alpine foothills it forages for roots, insects and carrion, and it's well wily enough to avoid hunters! Many farmers and town dwellers see the success of the wild boar as a modern plague, but this documentary, exploring the forests of Austria, France and Poland, takes the boars' point of view. And reveals them as intelligent - and even cute - masters of survival.
Wild Caribbean - Rhythms of Life
Part I: Hunters
Part II: Whales and Volcanoes
Part III: Corals and Quetzals
Part I Spectacular action in paradise. From the opening sequence of a sea turtle snared by a tiger shark it's clear that no animal, Hunter or Hunted - above or below the water - can make it through life without a strategy for survival.
Part II When volcanoes burst from the ocean, they attract unique life forms to their steep jungle valleys and black sandy beaches - and create deep sea chasms that pods of sperm whales enjoy so much, they never leave.
Part III Caribbean coral coasts and islands, formed out of living and once-living creatures, are now a labyrinth of life. Every year in a stunning synchronized display of coral spawning, the «flower animals» re-colonise the reefs. Inland, Caribbean cloud forests with their legendary Quetzals are just as magical, but the suffocating sediment run-off from deforestation is now the corals' biggest challenge.
The film «Wild Innsbruck» leads viewers along an often poorly defined boundary between two worlds, describing the inevitable encounters between humans and animals in the Alpine region.
We encounter chamois, ibex, stoats and ptarmigans, all of which are faced with changes in their habitats, with different effects from species to species. Stoats use corridors of artificial snow as their hunting ground for better camouflage. Chamois have discovered quarries as a new habitat, living between excavators and trucks. Sensitive species like rock ptarmigans, on the other hand, suffer from human disturbance.
And then, just beyond the next ridge, Innsbruck's mountains bedazzle us with astonishing wilderness and exciting behavior of wild animals. We get to witness the hatching of owlfly larvae, filmed for the first time. The documentary also boasts astonishing images of three different woodpecker species competing to feed off an ant colony on a single tree.
Wild Ireland - The Edge of the World
This film features Ireland's wild wonders as they have never been captured before -from humpback whales breaching off its southern shores, to puffins and manx shearwaters facing the gales of the west coast while raising their young on offshore rocks like Skelleg Island. Ireland's shores are grey seal heaven, and inland, the mountain scenes of red deer stags in the rutting season are as impressive as anywhere in Europe. Kestrels hunt from a ruined abbey in the burren, Ireland's limestone desert. Basking sharks, dolphins, squirrels, long-eared bats; there's something new at every turn, off-shore and on. Majestic salmon return from the Arctic and swim upriver into the purest freshwaters in Europe -and brave a murderous gauntlet of waterfalls and fishermen. Whooper swans fly back from their Icelandic summer to winter on Ireland's milder lakes; while in Donegal golden eagles fight the gales of the northern highlands to nurture their chicks on the sheer cliffsides.
This stunning metropolis has a flavor of two continents: Asia and Europe, divided and connected by the Bosporus straits. Though the Bosporus is one of the world's busiest shipping routes you can still see three species of dolphin here, while wild boar are known to swim across! For migrating birds Istanbul is a toehold as they head north for the European spring. Some animals have come to stay: exotic parrots, freed by customs officers, wild wolves invading from the east and mating with city strays, and beech martens, brought here by Egyptian traders and now a permanent fixture in the grand bazaar.
Wild Waters, Steep Peaks - The Enns Valley in Styria
Picturesque landscapes, a raging torrent and exciting historical facts - the Enns Valley in Styria measures more than 125 km in length. The Enns itself, at 254 km, is the longest river to flow along its entire course in Austria. Meadows full with blue irises in May and June attract hikers and nature lovers, but the ski resorts in the Enns Valley are the main tourist magnet. The Enns Valley has also been shaped by trade and transport over the centuries. The iron from the Erzberg mountain and food were transported on the 'Eisenstrasse' or iron road and on the Enns. In the past carts, rafts and boats were used; later trains and lorries took over. This film by Alfred Ninaus shows off spectacular landscapes and gives exciting insights into the history and customs of the Enns Valley.
Wild Way of the Vikings
The world of the Vikings was a world of ice and flames. A world of epic exploration, adventure and discovery. Connected to Nature in a profound way, the Vikings were the first to experience the fabulous wildlife of the Islands of Fire and Ice - Shetland, Iceland, Greenland and beyond.
This unique documentary combines never before filmed animal behaviour with a spell-binding historical narrative, drawn from the very sagas created by the Vikings 1,000 years ago. From killer whales hunting seals to arctic fox clans struggling to feed huge and hungry families. From the wily raven to the noble gyr falcon; walrus haul-outs in the sub-Arctic and vast herds of migrating reindeer, all filmed in 4K splendour. This is the Wild Way of the Vikings
William Tell - From Lucca to Erl
Gustav Kuhn is an opera obsessive, conductor and general manager of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which
Winter in Ausseerland
A landscape formed by the ice age, surrounded by mighty mountain ranges, a country of lakes... Ausseerland. This is the story of a winter in the geographical centre of Austria, one which captivates the world and invokes a quieter time. So that it can stay just as it is: authentic and indescribably self assured. Winter is harsh, rough, quiet and at the same time full of colour, life and poetry. This is winter in Ausseerland. The wintry images so characteristic of the Alpine republic are fashioned here at the centre of Austria. Mountain landscapes deep in snow, frozen lakes. Winter sports enthusiasts whizz about in the sunshine. You might think it was all something of a cliché, but it is precisely in the winter months when the people of Ausseerland observe some highly idiosyncratic traditions. Traditions that you only find here; nowhere else.
Who brought about catastrophes such as 9/11 or Charlie Hebdo? Who pulls the strings? Watch as social media forces us to find whole new ways to fight these conspiracies.
'This is not a photograph!'- this statement was to be found as an explanation under many of Yigal Ozeri's pictures. The Israeli artist is outstanding at creating hyper-realistic paintings with a captivating eff ect. His way of portraying light and his skills as a craftsman trigger both amazement and doubt. How are such deceptive copies of reality possible? Why would an artist create such paintings in an age of photography and a fl ood of digital images?