Himmel und Erde (1982)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Anthropology  |   Run Time - 285 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

For nearly five hours, in a film divided into two parts, director and editor Michael Pilz records the life and times of the mountain farmers in Sankt Anna in the Austrian province of Ober Steiermark. Pilz allowed everyone to act, talk, and move about as they usually would, revealing a lot about the relationship between the people and the land and their general spirit, but without the benefit of an added commentary, there are gaps that are not addressed, such as the farmers' economic concerns, their private lives, or why there seem to be no young people on the farms.