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Night of a 1000 Hours

(Die Nacht der 1000 Stunden)
Austria/Luxembourg/Netherlands 2016. Dir: Virgil Widrich. 92 min. DCP

A fantastical blend of historical fiction, whodunit thriller, and beyond-the-grave horror, this second career feature from veteran Austrian short-film director Virgil Widrich (2001’s Oscar-nominated Copy Shop) was shot by regular Michael Haneke cinematographer Christian Berger and won the Audience Award at the Busan Film Festival. “When the Ullichs gather at their Vienna palace to determine who will inherit the family business, the matriarch drops dead just as she’s about to sign on the dotted line. But much to everyone’s surprise, she reappears ... and she’s not alone! Generations of befuddled, deceased ancestors also rise up, bringing with them long-buried family secrets, including unsavory ties to Austria’s fascist history. This inventive, Clue-like mystery-cum-love-story comes to terms with the past — as it’s happening.” (Chicago Film Festival). In German with English subtitles.