The Third Option

Die dritte Option

„We screwed until we could screw no more, and in the autumn i became pregnant.“ A female voice soberly introduces us to her own experience from an invisible position outside the image’s sharply framed window on Western welfare reality. New technology raises new ethical dilemmas and one them is brought to a head in this formally conscious essay – which even allows itself to do so with an edge of bone-dry irony. What do you do if your foetal scan reveals that your child does not live up to modern society’s expectations of normality? A painful question that more and more people have to ask themselves. The perfectly composed images and the edgy controversion could be signed by Jacques Tati and Harun Farocki, but Thomas Fürhapter is pursuing a different yet highly human mission in his impressive first film.

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  • Director:
    Thomas Fürhapter
  • Screenplay:
    Thomas Fürhapter
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Judith Benedikt, Manuel Zauner
  • Editor:
    Dieter Pichler
  • Production:
    Navigator Film
  • Sales:
    Taskovski Films
  • Festivals:
    CPH:DOX 2017, Diagonale 2017, Sheffield 2017, Dokufest 2017


11.11.2017 20:15 Kino Lumière (K2) (Q&A with Thomas Fürhapter)

About the Director:

Thomas Fürhapter

Thomas Fürhapter (1971, Vienna, Austria) is a scriptwriter and director. Upon finishing his studies of philosophy, he produced video projections for the Burgtheater in Vienna (2002-2005). His short film essay, Orange without a Zebra (Das Gelb ohne Zebra, 2004), and his documentary film, Michael Berger: a Hysteria (Michael Berger: Eine Hysterie, 2010), have been screened at documentary festivals in Leipzig, Marseille, Kassel and Paris; the latter won the Silver Eye Award – Special Mention for mid-length documentary at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.