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The Cut Through The Throat

Original Title: Die Auferstehung des Adalbert Stifter


Adalbert Stifter was a writer whose life and work was character-ized by an inclination to the excessive, the pathological and the unfathomable. This is the reason why Stifter’s literature is still interesting and relevant. Kurt Palm attempts to clear away the cobwebs that have collected over Stifter’s books and monuments in the course of the decades and presents this literary giant in a new light.

Technical Information

2004; Austria; Documentary; 82 minutes; HDCAM-SR; Stereo; Original Language: German


Kurt Palm


Kurt Palm


Hermann Dunzendorfer


Karina Ressler


Chrono Popp


Fischer Film


Markus Fischer


Kurt Palm


Karl Ferdinand Kratzl


Hermes Phettberg


Lenka Hulkova

Specialist in German Studies

Dr. Hans Höller

Direcor of the Adalbert-Stifter Institute

Dr. Johann Lachinger


Prof. Dr. Hans Bankl


In 1981 Palm wrote his dissertation on Brecht and Austira at the University of Salzburg. Since 1982, Kurt Palm works as a director, writer and educational worker. In 1989 he founded the legendary theater group Sparverein “Die Unzertrennlichen” in Vienna. From 1994 to 1996 he directed 24 episodes of the show hosted by Hermes Phettberg. Since November 19th 1998 Palm is a member of the Society of Jem Casey, Dublin. He lives in Vienna and Litzlberg am Attersee.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2005 The Measuring of the Calves

2003 The Cut Through the Throat

1997 At Swim-Two-Birds

Feature Documentary

2007 Hermes Phettberg, Wretch


After finishing high school (1979) and job training, Markus Fis­cher began working as a cinematographer. In 1988 he passed the state-certified producer exam and founded Fischer Markus Film­produktion, based in Linz, Upper Austria. 

In 1998, Markus Fischer decided to take a further step towards more independence and founded the Vienna-based Fischer Film GmbH. 

With this company, it is Fischer’s goal to develop and produce Aus­trian films by well known filmmakers, as well as by young and tal­ented writers, directors and artists and also European Co-Produc­tions. Markus Fischer is a member of the “aafp – Association of Austrian Film Producers,” the Association of the Music and Film Industry Austria, and an EAVE graduate (Les Entrepre­neurs de l’Audiovisuel Europeen).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2014 Kafka, Ganja, Maniacs

2007 Midsummer Madness

2005 Fremde Haut

2004 Fräulein Phyllis

Feature Documentary

2012 Slatin Pascha

2011 Gas Monopoly

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