Archive of films The Venice Syndrome / Das Venedig Prinzip

Germany / Austria / Italy
2012, 80 min

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Year: 2013

Shot with affection and understanding, the film looks at what remains of authentic Venetian life, investigating how the old-time residents are adapting to an invading force of tourism that is capable of obliterating almost everything of any real value. At the same time, the movie is a tribute to the brave hearts and joyous spirits of the last true Venetians.


Synopsis

A magical city of canals, cozy nooks and historical monuments, and the mecca of lovers – such is Venice according to travel agency brochures. But the reality is different, as Andreas Pichler’s documentary shows. The charm of the island town has been tarnished by masses of tourists, its unique aura is just an artificially maintained myth. The price of apartments grows exponentially, and the inhabitants have been pushed back to the mainland, as have schools, hospitals and post offices. The permanent residents of old Venice today number a mere 58,000 – half the population of 20 years ago and about the same as after the devastating Black Death of 1348. A similar number of tourists visit the city each day.…Shot with affection and understanding, the film looks at what remains of true Venetian life, investigating how the old-time residents are adapting to an invading force of tourism that is capable of obliterating almost everything of any real value. At the same time, the movie is a tribute to the brave hearts and joyous spirits of the last true Venetians.

About the director

Andreas Pichler (b. 1967, Bolzano, Italy) went to school in philosophy and cultural studies in Bologna and Berlin. At present he directs documentaries in Germany, Italy, and Austria. His films – including Call Me Babylon (2003), My Three Peaks (Meine 3 Zinnen, 2005), The Way of the Warrior (Der Pfad des Kriegers, 2007), and Silvio, One of Us (Einer von uns, 2011) – are regularly presented at international film festivals and have been broadcast on many top European TV stations: ZDF, ORF, ARTE, RAI, among others. In 2004 he received the prestigious Adolf Grimme Prize, Germany’s top TV honor.

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Taskovski Films Ltd.
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About the film

Color, HD CAM

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
   
Director: Andreas Pichler
Screenplay: Andreas Pichler, Thomas Tielsch
Dir. of Photography: Attila Boa
Music: Jan Tilman Schade
Editor: Florian Miosge
Producer: Thomas Tielsch
Production: Filmtank GmbH
Contact: Taskovski Films Ltd.
   
www: www.venicesyndrome.com

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