• Project: TV Documentary (2011)
  • Production Company: RANFILM (AT)
  • Length: 45min
  • TV Partner: ORF
  • Screenplay: Fritz Aigner
  • Director: Alfred Ninaus
  • Producer: Alfred Ninaus

Heimat im Wechsel

Million people cross it every year, the “Wechsel”, the eastern mountain range of the Alps, which also marks the border between Styria and Lower Austria. When you travel on the A2 motorway between Vienna and Graz - one of the main routes of Austria, whose importance has increased with the opening of the EU in the European context- you will cross it. But few know the “Wechsel” with its high plateau and the surrounding area. A winding highway in the earlier decades of Vienna or Graz – depends on the direction you had to pass one of the most impressive alpine pastures, the “Wechsel” cross country . Especially in the winter the “Wechsel”, for the travelers was often a seemingly serious hurdle. The inhabitants of the styrian “Wechsel” provide information about how their home has changed, the challenges to come to them and how they define home at all. The change itself is a projection of feelings for his home residents. But what home means today in a united Europe in a globalized world? The example of the changing country and its inhabitants this question will be a critical look at traditional home concepts. Here, the film also illuminates the life and work of the still controversial local poet Ottokar Kernstock (1848-1928 ), who worked hard on the castle on the “Wechsel” and there was also his last resting place. The film focuses on the history of the country, but also the economic situation of the region, which is dominated by commuting. It also highlights the difficulties of agriculture. Lock annually to ten small farms. All images and sound bites from the presence of questions are asked and answers sought.