About the filmmaker:
Wolfgang Fischer was born in Austria. From 1990-1995 he studied psychology and painting at the University of Vienna and from 1994-1995 film and video at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Nan Hoover. He then studied film and television at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne from 1996-2001. In 2002, he attended a course in acting with Mark Travis in Poland and in 2004 a workshop on script development for genre reproductions with Stephen Cleary and Simon van der Borgh in Rome. In 2005, he received a scholarship to visit the “Drehbuchwerkstatt” in Munich, where he developed the screenplay for his debut film “Was Du nicht siehst.” Since 1999, he has been a director at Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
About the ExtraVALUE Film Award:
Since 2011, each annual edition of the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) has featured the granting of the ExtraVALUE Film Award to one or more Austrian filmmakers whose films are included within the festival. Designed to showcase the best of Austrian cinema, the Award was founded by Erste Bank, the Viennale’s main sponsor, and is awarded according to the findings of an independent jury. The Award brings a cash prize as well as a one-month residency as a visiting film scholar hosted and organized by Deutsches Haus at NYU. Anthology has presented the award-winning films in the past, and will continue the tradition this year with special screenings of the 2018 winners, Wolfgang Fischer’s "Styx" and Sara Fattahi’s "Chaos", both of which explore the subjects of emigration and displacement.
Both filmmakers will be at the Anthology Film Archives in person to present their work!
This program is co-presented by Erste Bank and Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Special thanks to the filmmakers, and to Paolo Calamita (Viennale); Jed Rapfogel (Anthology Film Archives); Ruth Goubran (Erste Bank); and Jimmy Weaver (Film Movement).