Das Versunkene Dorf

A Film by Georg Lembergh

Synopsis

THE SUNKEN VILLAGE
The stone steeple of the Alt-Graun church rises from the waters of lake Resia, in the Venosta Valley in South Tyrol. It stands as a lonely, silent witness to the horrible tragedy that befell Graun (Curon) and Reschen (Resia) in 1950, when both villages—with their unique natural and cultural landscape—were submerged by the waters of the newly-built Resia dam and water reservoir.

This documentary film project aims to give a voice to the tragedy’s last contemporary witnesses; those who stayed and those who left. We want to document their lives and fates in order to aid in the remembrance of their lost village, their lost home.
But the film doesn’t look only to the past. It creates a narrative arc between the past and the present. On one hand, the tragic story of the Resia water reservoir’s creation is reconstructed in-depth, based on interviews with witnesses as well as historic film and photographs. On the other hand, the new, younger generation will give their perspective on the current situation.
Through moving cinematic portraits, the filmmakers touch on the theme of “Heimat” (home) and its loss and document the long-lasting effects of the Resia dam’s construction on past and current generations. The landscape of the upper Venosta valley through the changing seasons provides a stunning backdrop for this ambitious documentary.

Director

  • Picture of Georg Lembergh © Georg Lembergh

    Georg Lembergh

    Born and raised in Tyrol. A pile of LIFE Magazines and a camera, brought from the USA by his father, were his very first contacts with photography in his childhood.
    After prestudies of music and sports at Innsbruck University/Tyrol, study of photodesign at the renowned Fachhochschule Dortmund/BRD. The concluding graduation project was awarded the German Photo Prize. There followed extensive travels and many assignments in foreign countries. Up to the present numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, for instance at the Recontres Internationales de la Photographie at Arles/France.

    Always searching for new and creative ways to tell stories, Georg Lembergh has in recent years looked beyond the still image and has been exploring the power and impact of documentary filmmaking, music videos and corporate films.
    Georg Lembergh is living and working in Vienna and Tyrol.

Awards + Festivals

  • 32nd FILM FESTIVAL BOZEN (Documentary Competition, World Premiere, Bozen, Italy)April 11, 2018
  • 66th TRENTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trento, Italy)April 30, 2018
  • FILMFESTIVAL KITZBÜHEL (Official Selection, Kitzbühel, Austria)August 24, 2018
  • 12th FÜNF SEEN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gilching, Germany)September 12, 2018
  • 16th INT'L BERGFILM-FESTIVAL TEGERNSEE (Official Selection, Tegernsee, Germany)October 19, 2018
  • 17th FILM FESTIVAL RADSTADT (Official Selection, Radstadt, Austria)November 7, 2018
  • 4th BAYAMON INT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)January 30, 2019
  • 1st SOUTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)February 16, 2019
  • 6th DOCFEED (Official Selection, Eindhoven, Netherlands)February 21, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 5th SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio Gallegos, Argentina)April 19, 2019
  • 12th ECOZINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zaragoza, Spain)May 3, 2019
  • 14th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood, NY, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 3rd SOUTHERN CONE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FICCSUR (Official Selection, Valparaiso, Chile)May 23, 2019
  • 4th LONDON INTERNATIONAL MOTION PICTURES AWARDS (Official Selection, London, UK)May 24, 2019
  • 3rd FESTIVAL DE PORTOVIEJO (Official Selection, Portoviejo, Ecuador)June 13, 2019
  • 4th CANAL DE PANAMA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá, Panama)August 15, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Georg Lembergh
Screenplay
Georg Lembergh, Hansjörg Stecher
Producer
Hansjörg Stecher, Wilfried Gufler, Thomas Menghin
Director of Photography
Georg Lembergh
Sound
Martin Fliri, Patrick Bruttomesso, Simone Pischl
Editor
Christin Gottscheber
Sound Design
Stefano Bernardi
Music
Marco Annau

Details

Running Time
84 minutes
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1
Sound
5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Albolina Film Gmbh
Weintraubengasse 23
39100 Bozen; Italy

+39 0471056626

wilfried.gufler@albolina.org

DIRECTOR

Georg Lembergh
office@georglembergh.com
www.georglembergh.com

Trailer
English Subtitles
https://vimeo.com/271622553

German Subtitles
https://vimeo.com/271617848