Peter Stastny | Österreich 2017 | 84 Min. | OmeU
In Redemption Blues, a feature-length documentary shot in New York, Vienna, Oswiecim, and Bethlehem, director Peter Stastny engages with several outspoken Holocaust survivors whose lives have been shaped by their experiences from more than 70 years ago. As the director's personal narrative guides us along, we watch these humorous, wise, hardened and joyful individuals rise above the despair and loss. A rich emotional landscape comes to life, containing some of the deep questions with which the world is still grappling today. In the end, we see these people as leaders and visionaries in moments of homecoming, renewal and progression, not merely as captives of their past.
Born 1952 in Vienna.
Body Body, (1988) by Joseph Aichholzer
Paper Bridge (1989), und “Towards Jerusalem” (1990) von Ruth Beckermann
“Nerve” (1995), Portraits of psychiatric survivors. Broadcast on PBS in USA. Best Film 1997, American Psychiatric Association.
“In the House” (1996), with Lisa Rinzler, 15', 16mm, exp. doc. Golden Spire Award San Francisco FF 1997; Eastman Kodak Award, Windy City Documentary FF, 1997.
“Gespräch im Gebirg” (1999; 23'), 16mm, exp. feature after Paul Celan.
Coney Island, New York, 2003. with Lisa Rinzler, portraits of psychiatric ex-patients, 15', digital video.