Claudia Müller prepares Elfriede Jelinek – Language Unleashed


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– The documentary will discuss the artistic approach of the winner of the Nobel Prize for language

Filmmaker Christine A Maier and director Claudia Müller on the set of Elfriede Jelinek – Tongue Unleashed (© Claudia Müller)

Documentary filmmaker Claudia Müller, known for her various film portraits dedicated especially to international female artists, such as Austrian experimental filmmaker Valie Export, American neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and German actress Susanne Lothar, is currently working on a documentary on the Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. Elfriede Jelinek – Tongue Unleashed will offer an overview of Jelinek’s artistic approach to language and the creation of his work in a contemporary context.

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German actors Sandra Hüller, Ilse Ritter, Stefanie Reinsperger and Martin wuttke have agreed to collaborate on the project and will be heard and seen reciting texts written by the 2004 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In addition, the Austrian DoP Christine A Maier, who won the Deutscher Kamerapreis in the fiction-film category on May 21 for her camera work on the Oscar nomination for Jasmila Žbanić Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
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, is on board as director of photography.

The film, which is produced by Germany CALA film production (Martina Haubrich) with Austria Plan-C Filmproduktion (Claudia Wohlgenannt), received financial support from Vienna Film Fund, The Insti of Austrian cinematute, Filmstandort Austria and the BKM (German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media). Filming began in December 2020 and ended earlier this year. The documentary is slated for release on the author’s 75th birthday this fall.

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