Private Project


A film within a film.
Dedicated to our friends Giuliana Pachner (1957-2019) and Awad Elkish (1945-2018)

Julia finds out she is suffering from a life threatening disease.
Awad, the film director, was kidnapped by the militia, kept imprisoned and tortured.
Herman, the stage designer, is plagued by nightmares.
Sandu, the gardener, spent his childhood living in institutional homes.
Omar fled the inferno of the Syrian war with his wife and children.
A garden becomes a stage for its protagonists and a childhood paradise – a nightmare, a prison, and a scene of war.

  • Peter Schreiner
  • Peter Schreiner
  • Giuliana Pachner
    Key Cast
  • Awad Elkish
    Key Cast
  • Hermann Krejcar
    Key Cast
  • Sandu Petre Boitan
    Key Cast
  • Omar Taha
    Key Cast
  • Peter Schreiner
  • Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
  • Peter Schreiner
    Editing / Sound Design
  • Maria Schreiner
    Assistance Producer / Editing Consulting
  • Zakaria Mohamed Ali
    Assistance Camera / Lighting / Technics
  • Ibrahimi Zabiullah
    Assistance Camera / Lighting / Technics
  • Motahar Azizi
    Assistance Camera / Lighting / Technics
  • Isabella Schreiner
    Assistance Camera / Lighting / Technics
  • Sandra Spindler
    Assistance Realisation / Photos
  • Peter Schreiner
  • The Arts Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Department II / 3 - Film
    Supported by
  • Vienna City Administration, cultural department MA 7
    Supported by
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Arabic, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam
    January 29, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film 2019
    March 20, 2019
    Austrian Premiere
    DIAGONALE-AWARD 2019 Best Artistic Film Editing / feature fiction film
  • 9 th Philosophical Film Festival 2019 / Skopje, Macedonia
  • 3rd Portoviejo International Film Festival 2019 / Portoviejo, Ecuador
  • 15th International Documentary Drama Film Festival 2019 / Saratov, Russian Federation
  • Limited Access 8 Festival 2019 at New Media Gallery / Tehran, Iran
Distribution Information
  • echtzeitfilm - Peter Schreiner Filmproduktion
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Peter Schreiner

born 1957 in Vienna
studies at University of Music and Performing Arts,
Department Film and Television, Vienna

films since

1982 Glaring Light (16mm, bw, 120 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
1983 First Love (16mm, bw, 100 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
1985 Children Film (16mm, bw, 110 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
1986-88 On The Way (16mm, bw/col, 120 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
1988-91 The Cimbers (16mm, bw, 116 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
1993-95 Blue Distance (16mm, bw, 95 min., sc, dir, ed)
2004-06 Bellavista (DV-35mm, bw, 117 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
2007-09 Totó (DV-35mm, bw, 128 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
2010-12 Fata Morgana (HD-DCP, bw, 140 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
2013-15 Lampedusa (HD-DCP, bw, 130 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)
2015-18 Garden (HD-DCP, bw, 136 min., sc, dir, cam, ed)

Main Diagonale Award (Best Austrian Documentary 2006/07)
Advancement Award for Cinematic Art 2009
Diagonale Award (Best Cinematography, Documentary Film 2009/10)
Diagonale Award (Best Artistic Editing, Feature Fiction Film 2019)
"Big Stamp" for the best regional film 2010, Int. Filmfestival ZagrebDOX, Croatia 2009
IFFI-Award 2016 for Best Documentary, Prize of the Town of Innsbruck, Austria 2016
Mirabile Dictu ICFF - Award, "The Silver Fish" for best director, Rome 2016
Guino-Award for best feature fiction film, IFF El Ojo Cojo, Madrid 2016
Human Time - Award for Best Featurefilm, Human District IFF, Belgrade 2016
Winner of the "Critical Eye-­‐screening", Lume Int. Filmfestival, Brazil 2011
best cinematography, 4. Int. Documentary Drama Filmfestival, Saratov, Russia 2007

'Personale' (retrospective),
Diagonale 2010

festivals and screenings:

Int. Forum des Jungen Films - Berlin, Mostra Int. d'Arte Cinematografica - Venezia , Karlovy Vary Int. Filmfestival, Int. Filmfestival Rotterdam, São Paulo Int. Filmfestival, Buenos Aires Int. Filmfestival, DocLisboa Filmfestival, Denver Film Festival, Bradford Int. Filmfestival, Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Films, Documenta-Madrid, Era New Horizons - Wroclaw, Split Int. Festival of New Film, Duisburger Filmwoche, Saratov Sufferings Int. Filmfestival, DocPoint Helsinki, Full Length Festival Lublin, Austrian Cultural Forum - New York, Mediterranean Experience - Reggio/Calabria, ZagrebDox Int. Documentary Film Festival, Jeonju Int. Filmfestival - South Korea, European Film Week Tehran, Transilvania Int. Filmfestival, Cinédécouvertes Competition - Belgium, dfi-Symposium "Töne sehen - Bilder hören" - Köln, Italian American Institute - New York, European Film Days - Tokyo, Lume Int. Filmfestival, Int. Film Festival "A man`s shadow"- New Caledonia, Bildrausch Filmfestival Basel, Isola Cinema Int. Filmfestival, Festival du nouveau cinema - Montreal, Copenhagen architecture x film Festival, Shadow Filmfestival Amsterdam, Würzburger Filmwochenende, Int. Filmfestival Innsbruck, Filmschau Visionary - sixpackfilm, Walserherbst, Lessinia Filmfestival, Der Neue Heimatfilm - Freistadt, Riga Int. Filmfestival, Trento Filmfestival, Mirabile Dictu Int. Catholic Filmfestival - Rome, Human District Int. Filmfestival - Belgrade, A Film for Peace Int. Filmfestival - Udine, Indie International Film Festival Belo Horizonte - Brazil, Cinemigrante International Filmfestival - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sose International Filmfestival - Armenia / International Filmfestival Carthago, Tunis, Tunisia / El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain / Eindhoven International Film Festival, The Netherlands / This Human World Film Festival, Vienna, Austria / Philosophical Film Festival Skopje, Macedonia / Eunic-Project: Frontiers and their States, Zagreb, Rijeka, Croatia / Festival Internacional de Cine de Autor, Guadalajara, Mexico / Limited Access Festival, Tehran, Iran / Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival a. o.

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