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Directed by Michael Glawogger
Austria/Germany 2005, 120min

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Workingman's Death documentation

 

Awards and Nominations

WORKINGMAN'S DEATH awarded in VEREVAN:
Best Documentary Film of the International Documentary Competition at Golden Apricot Film Festival 2006, Yerevan, Armenia.
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WORKINGMAN'S DEATH was awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY prize at the 27th Durban International Film Festival:
"Workingman's Death is a superb meditation on the world of work; every frame a searing execution of social reality, philosophy and art. From Ukrainian coal-pickers to Indonesian sulphur-miners, every moment is both raw and sensitive, concentrating beauty and pain. Its message is such that Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Franz Fanon will be sitting up in their graves."
www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

WOLFGANG THALER received the GOLDENE FRAME AWARD 2006 for his visual work in Workingman's Death. The "Golden Frame" is awarded yearly by the AAC - Austrian Association of Cinematographers for outstanding cinematography in the categories feature film and documentary.

GOLDEN GATE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
49. SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
www.fest06.sffs.org/awards

BEST DOCUMENTARY
FICCO (Mexico Contemporary Film Fest) 2006
www.ficco.com

DIAGONALE 06:
BEST CAMERA DOCUMENTARY FILM for Wolfgang Thaler

and
Producer's Award for innovative production to Lotus-Film
www.diagonale.at

SEEDS OF WAR AWARD
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, DURHAM, NC, USA 2006
www.fullframefest

CPH:DOX AWARD 2005
Copenhagen International Documentary Filmfestival
www.cphdox.dk

TIMES bfi LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2005 GRIERSON AWARD
for best full length feature documentary
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Special Jury Prize GIJON 2005
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FIPRESCI-Jury Prize at Leipzig DOK 2005
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“Astonishingly powerful documentary about really, really hard work.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Hard manual labor is visible, explainable, portrayable. This is why I often think of it as the only real work,” comments Michael Glawogger, the director of Workingman’s Death. Glawogger follows six groups of laborers from the coalmines of Ukraine to Chinese steel factories ending in Germany, where the Dulsburg-Meldrich smelting works are being turned into a leisure park. As sparks fly and smoke billows, Workingman’s Death asks whether the death of hard labor has come, or ever will, in the light of the technology the world has at its disposal.

Director Bio: Michael Glawogger

Born in Graz, Austria, in 1959, Michael Glawogger is a traveling filmmaker. Not only does he literally journey around the world for his documentaries, but he also moves back and forth between forms and genres; between photography and writing; and between gentler and more forceful tones. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy and has worked as a director, writer, and cinematographer in Vienna, Bangkok, and Znojmo. In the near future he plans to shoot films in Poland and Bangladesh.

 

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