Iris Blauensteiner, Christine Moderbacher | Austria 2021 | 15 Min. | OmeU

13.05. | 7pm
Votiv Kino, Gr. Saal | TICKETS
together with LETTERS2MAYBE

© Iris Blauensteiner, Christine Moderbacher

“What could I tell you about the world I live in?” The narrator turns to her unborn child and tries to find answers. Somewhat claustrophobic images are intertwined with intimate notes of a particular period of life during the pandemic.

Based on childhood memories, THE WORLD IS BLUE AT ITS EDGES spans an experimental arc from the Iron Curtain of the Cold War through the so-called refugee crisis to the renewed closing of borders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Textures of closing gates and insurmountable walls blur with pixelated maps, creating a subjective portrait of a new reality in its digital imagery.

Directors: Iris Blauensteiner, Christine Moderbacher
Screenplay: Iris Blauensteiner, Christine Moderbacher
Sound Design: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Color Grading: Lee Niederkofler
Voice: Judith Mauthe
Production: Iris Blauensteiner, Christine Moderbacher
Editing: Julene Knox, Irmgard Fuchs


2021 Wien – this human world International Human Rights Film Festival

Iris Blauensteiner
* 1986, Austria
Iris Blauensteiner works as a filmmaker and author. She studied ‚Art & Digital Media‘ at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Film- and Theatretheory at the University of Vienna.
Since 2004 she is making films, especially in the fields of writing and directing. Her films, the latest The world is blue at its edges, the_other_images, Rest and Sweat were screened at international festivals. 2016 her first novel Kopfzecke was published by Kremayr & Scheriau. Since 2010 shorter texts were published in anthologies and literature magazines.
Awards and grants: Award at the film script-competition „If she can see it, she can be it“ by Drehbuchforum Vienna 2019, Award promoting literature by the City of Vienna 2018, ArtStart-Scholarship by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 2018, Artist-in-Residence ORF III & ARTE Creative 2017, Residency at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin 2017, Scholarship young talents – Grant for film by bka – Austrian Federal Chancellery Arts and Culture 2014, Award “Best Austrian Newcomer” at Vienna Independent Shorts 2014.

Christine Moderbacher
* 1982, Austria
Christine Moderbacher is a visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker (MA in visual anthropology/ documentary film at the University of Manchester). She completed her PhD at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and is currently part of the Max Planck Research Group “Alpine Histories of Global Change: Time, Self, and the Other in the German-Speaking Alpine Region” in Halle, Germany. Her documentary films A Letter to Mohamed (SIC/CVB Brussels) and Red Earth White Snow (Pinanona Production Vienna) have been shown at international film festivals and have received a number of prizes.
Awards and grants:
2020 Artist in Residence Grant in Paliano, IT, Lower Austria Federal Chancellery
2020 Best Film at the Vizantrop Festival (Red Earth White Snow), Belgrade, SRB
2017 Sigfried Ludwig-Fonds for Postgraduate Research abroad
2015 Young Artist Award, Category: Artfilm (‘A Letter to Mohamed’) from the Lower Austrian Ministry of Art and Culture
2015 Development Trust research scholarship/ University of Aberdeen
2014 Juryprice: Best Film (A Letter to Mohamed), Sorrento Film Festival
2014 Young Artist Scholarship for Innovative Films from the Austrian Ministry of Art and Culture
2013 E.R.C (European Research Council) Advanced Grant
2011 Postgraduate Fellowship Programme, European Institutes for Advanced Study

Iris Blauensteiner
Die Welt ist an ihren Rändern blau / The world is blue at its edges (2021)
the_other_images / die_anderen_bilder (2018)
Rast / Rest (2016)
Schwitzen / Sweat (2014)
und eine von ihnen singt / and one of them singing (2012)
Milch / Milk (2009)
Doublage (2007)

Christine Moderbacher
Die Welt ist an ihren Rändern blau / The world is blue at its edges (2021)
Moving ants on a painted tree (2020)
Rote Erde Weisser Schnee / Red earth white snow (2018)
Lettre á Mohamed / A Letter to Mohamed (2013)
Männer in Orange / Men at work (2010)
Harraga (2009)