When longtime Viennale director Hans Hurch died suddenly in the Summer of 2017, the film world lost an immense figure and director Solnicki lost a great friend, one who had provided him guidance and a keen eye for details. From this tragic situation Solnicki coaxes a startling film of great tenderness and emotional rawness, traveling to Vienna once more to inhabit Hurch’s daily routines: a welcoming cup of coffee here, a stolen restaurant plate there; a silky black suit here, a beautifully and thoroughly Viennese concert piano there. So unfolds this poetic work, an unusual kind of diary film in which the residue of a life fully lived and enjoyed becomes palpable through one man’s piercingly honest tribute to a lasting friendship.
Filmography: Papirosen (2011), Kékszakállú (2016)
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