sticking pigs

The film essay STICKING PIGS tells the story of the film auteur's father from a time when when “nose to tail” was not yet a gourmet trend, but a matter of course and an economic necessity. It’s also about how this so urgently pending sustainability is approached today on an organic farm in southern Styria and a gourmet restaurant in Burgenland.

  • Angelika Reitzer
  • Angelika Reitzer
  • Angelika Reitzer
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Analog Super8
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Angelika Reitzer

Angelika Reitzer was born in 1971 in Graz, Austria. She studied German philology in Salzburg and Berlin, visited the Screenwriting and Dramaturgy Class (Prof. Walter Wippersberg) at Filmakademie Vienna, the Screenplay Masterclass at HFF Munic (University of Television and Film) and the Friedl Kubelka School For Independent Film and is now living in Vienna as a freelance author of prose, poetry and drama, she is also screenwriting and making films.

Angelika published four novels (Obwohl es kalt ist draußen / Although it’s cold outside and
Wir Erben / What we inherit et al.) and one book of prose, worked on a series of short films with artist Antoinette Zwirchmayr (What I Remember) made an contemporary kind-of-Opera together with composer Maria Gstättner (Inventory of a Region) and is working on her th novel. Dear Darkness, a fiction short film by A. Zwirchmayr (script: Reitzer/Zwirchmayr) was premiering at the Austrian Film Museum in February 2022 an in October 2022 Reitzer`s first Opera Regina at Schloss Pichl, Styria. After some student’s films sticking pigs is Reitzer’s first essay-short film.

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Director Statement

My material has always sought its own form–now (after literary work, texts for short films by Antoinette Zwirchmayr and several screenplays) a life story in Styria in the 20th century demands its own form. My father's sticking pigs and his rise from a small-scale cottage farmer to a vegetable farmer with a temporary push towards modernization, questions of sustainability in animal husbandry more than half a century ago and the reanimated tradition of the "Sautanz" as an exclusive culinary event demand exactly this realization in the form of a film essay. I attended the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film and started making analog films. Now I would like to juxtapose the literary process of remembering with the analog shooting through the camera–as a reference back and prediction, the things of everyday life as a small utopia.