• Photobook: Die Untoten von Neuberg

Photobook: Die Untoten von Neuberg

The Styrian Alps, between the villages of Mürzzuschlag and Mariazell, in the locales of her childhood, is where Nobel-Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek set her opus magnum, the zombie novel "Die Kinder der Toten". And this is also where, as part of the Steirischer Herbst [Styrian Autumn] festival, the attempt was made to film a novel long held to be unfilmable. With local, non-professional actors, on super-8. The film shoot itself, conceived as an autonomous performance piece, was awarded a 2018 Nestroy Theater Prize. And at its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, "Die Kinder der Toten", produced by Ulrich Seidl, won the International Federation of Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize. And now a further element of this multi-faceted "total" project: "Die Untoten von Neuberg" (The Undead of Neuberg), a book, based on photographs by Ditz Fejer, that explores the fragile relationship between Elfriede Jelinek, her novel, Upper Styria, and the latter's nature and culture in a fascinating example of a geo-cultural land survey, resulting in an iconoclastic evocation of Austrian Heimat (homeland). Because: We are all "Kinder der Toten". 
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