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My Fathers, My Mother and Me

Meine keine Familie
dir. Paul-Julien Robert
Austria 2012 / 93’
subtitles: Polish and English

A dark, angry film in which emotions and questions that have been suppressed for years rise to the surface, questions that neither the former hippies nor their now-adult children are able to answer. Paul-Julien Robert grew up in the biggest utopian community in Europe, where love was free, the formation of traditional families discouraged, and children were raised communally. As a young girl, his mother, of Swiss origins, joined the experimental commune of Otto Muehl in Austria. A former soldier in the Wehrmacht in the 1960s, he was one of the Viennese Actionists, known for his brutal, scatalogical performances. Several years later, he founded a group based on the psychological assumptions of Wilhelm Reich, whose members were to be released from repressive petty-bourgeios norms through sexual freedom, art, and group therapy. Muehl turned out to be a cruel tyrant who humiliated both children and adults alike. In 1991, the commune was disbanded, and Muehl landed in prison for seven years for molesting minors. 

Ewa Szabłowska

awards

London Film Festival 2013 - Best Documentary; Munich Film Festival 2013 - OmU Award; Viennale 2014 - Austrian Film Award, Best Editing

Paul-Julien Robert

Born in 1979, Paul-Julien Robert is a director, photographer, and artist. After leaving the commune in Friedrichshof, he lived with his mother in Zurich, where he finished high school. He then studied Conceptual Art in both Vienna and Berlin. He has made several short films and has a photography exhibition to his credit. My Fathers, My Mother and Me is his feature-length debut.

Filmography:

2012 Ojcowie, matka i ja / Meine keine Familie / My Fathers, My Mother and Me

Cast & Crew

director Paul-Julien Robert
cinematography Klemens Hufnagl, Fritz Ofner
editing Oliver Neumann
sound Sebastian Meise, Oliver Neumann, Till Rollinghof
producer Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser
production FreibeuterFilm
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language German
colouration colour & b&w