so close to heaven

Project: TV- Documentary, ORFIII (45/50min)
Production Company: RANfilm 2016
Language: German / English (Subtitles)
Screenplay: Fritz Aigner
Director: Alfred Ninaus / Stephanie Ninaus
Producer: Alfred Ninaus

More than 17 million people were killed during WW1. Behind every single victim there's a story.  Leopold Guggenberger, Franz Pachleitner. An artillery soldier and a photographer in the First World War. Both bear witness to the everyday life at the front. A diary, numerous photographs. Their paths cross, they become friends. Both act with passion. But in the end there is disillusionment. Photo documents of a flight shootdown on the Southern Front in 1918 - the death of Leopold Guggenberger, the end of a friendship so close before the end of one of the darkest chapters in human history. But their testimonies are evidence and are a memorial against the war because they show: The hope of the soldiers was neither based on war nor on victory. It was based on peace.

"When you'll see our photos , you'll think differently about us . We lived only for our home , and you, the youth of today, preparing the ground so that you all will have a better life once. Never use a weapon which is meant to destroy people who think differently. Life is too short. Seek for the beauty in life . "- Franz Pachleitner