Königsfeld is an Austrian village in the middle of the Ukrainian Carpathians. As far as the eye can see, the small community is surrounded by thick forest. Lorries loaded with heavy logs race through the valley road, which is crisscrossed by deep potholes. On the side of the road, mostly older people watch the goings-on with a nostalgic look. The ancestors of the Austrian inhabitants were relocated from the west to the east of the then Habsburg monarchy in the 18th century. Today the German-speaking community has only a few dozen members. In a wave, the majority of the population emigrated to the west in the 1990s, and their houses were largely taken over by neighboring villagers. 'Emigrate or stay?' is still the most important question today. While migration appears to be the only way of survival for some community members, others draw new hope bringing tourism into the valley.
Language: German, Ukrainian
Born in 1987 and raised in Ortisei in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, at the age of 18 he travelled the world, first as a hitchhiker, then as a journalist and musician. His favourite destinations are the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He studied journalism and new media, history and political science in Vienna and Innsbruck. Since 2018 he has been the director of the Dolomitale film festival in Val Gardena. DIE LETZTEN ÖSTERREICHER is his debut film.
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