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The Children of the Dead

Die Kinder der Toten

Directed by Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska
Austria, 2019
Mystery
Direct from the Berlinale

Synopsis

Killed in a bus accident, the guests of an Austrian pension come back to life. Among them is Karin, a young woman who happens to come across an abandoned factory owned by the widow of a Nazi film collector. A zombie apocalypse will soon unfold, setting the local community into a state of turmoil.

Our take

Our series of gems from last year’s Berlinale begins with this deliciously ghoulish provocation about the return of the repressed. American theater directors have adapted an Austrian epic into a ribald, darkly comic mashup of Styrian tourism, silent cinema, zombies, Super 8, and latent fascism.

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For all its engagement with these themes the film is not chilling or didactic but chaotic, bawdy and even, finally, exuberant.
February 25, 2019
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This is an excellent B-series musical black comedy that invites you to reflect on Austria’s Nazi past, as well as on the eruption of modern-day xenophobia.
February 18, 2019
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The filmmakers cleverly conflate a migration satire with a ’herimatfilm (or homeland film) a style popular in Germany, Switzerland and Austria from the 1940s until 1970s, radically rejecting classical cinema to create instead a moody meditation on contemporary Austria.
February 17, 2019
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