kalte vulkane - heiße quellen

Project: TV-Documentary (45min)
Production Company: RANfilm 2004
Language: German
Screenplay: Klaus T. Steindl
Director: Alfred Ninaus
Producer: Alfred Ninaus

It is the landscape that has formed the Styrian Land of Volcanoes for centuries. It holds a rich natural and cultural heritage. This includes an unharmed landscape of nature and culture, villages and towns with typical architectural singularities. Extended fields of corn, a variety of fruit crops, fertile grain fields and undulating vineyards give this cultural landscape a unique look.  Marketing communities, a positive concept and the closeness to the product are only some of the cornerstones of the new approach of the farmers in the Land of Volcanoes. One of their aims is the strengthening of commerce in the Styrian Land of Volcanoes, in order to meet the challenges on the global market.  It also collaborates with the thermal spa region – especially with the oldest  medical spa of Austria in Bad Gleichenberg – the Styrian Land of Volcanoes  signals an atmosphere of new directions. The centre of the storyline is the culinary voyage across this region, where wine and fruit grow copiously, where the „Styrian black gold (pumpkin seed oil) is produced, where the so-called “Volcanoe-ham” ripens and where fruity vinegars are stored in hundreds of oak barrels. The most important marginal fortification of the Land of Volcanoes till this day is the castle of Riegersburg – built on an impressive volcanic basalt rock – which has remained unharmed for centuries and und today is the centre of attraction for thousands of tourists per year. Among other scenes its history is in the centre of the storyline of the film. The female builder of the castle, the so-called “ Gallerin“as well as the legendary  „Blumenhexe“ (flower witch) – who was burnt at the stake – are some of the dramatic highlights of the film, but also the modern castle with its new elevator (re-opened in May 2007) is shown. A festival of choirs with 500 singers in the vineyards around the village of Tieschen, an amateur theatre of farmers performed in the ruins of the castle of Kloech, the oldest thermae of Austria...