Director's Statement

The film was an obvious choice after the newly elected conservative coalition government, which included the Austrian People's Party, held their inauguration ceremony underground for security reasons in 1999. Austria was suddenly politicized, and everyone wanted to voice their opinion. But the idea of State Of the Nation was not to examine the government, but rather the governed. Austrian citizens and their everyday lives, their fears, their sense of homeland, their desires. It was intended as a film of resistance. But resistance against ourselves.  Ulrich Seidl