DRIVING THE STARS

DRIVING THE STARS

Original Title: Joschi und der Film

Synopsis

Joschi is a film specialist, so to speak. He is no film critic, not a filmmaker, but an expert on film through his long work experience. So it’s about a very different, though quite in-depth view at the medium film. The documentary accompanies Joschi over a long period of time – from the set to the premiere of the movie. Joschi develops his views on individual projects, but also on the scene at all: From his story to HISTORY of AUSTRIAN FILM.

Technical Information

2012; Austria; Documentary, Tv show; 52 minutes; 1:1.77 (16:9); Stereo; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

Wolfgang Beyer

D.O.P.

Bertram Hellermann, Roland Freinschlag, Walter Reichl

EDITOR

Monica Parii

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Fischer Film

PRODUCER

Markus Fischer

IDEA

Markus Fischer

SOUND

Roland Freinschlag, Ina Fischer, Georg Macek

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Kira Schinko, Sandra Krampelhuber

Josef Deininger

Josef Deininger

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

Christiane Hörbiger

Christiane Hörbiger

Harald Krassnitzer

Harald Krassnitzer

Erni Mangold

Erni Mangold

Karl Markovics

Karl Markovics

Tobias Moretti

Tobias Moretti

Adele Neuhauser

Adele Neuhauser

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Stefan Ruzowitzky

WOLFGANG BEYER

Statement of the Director: „I think that the project „Joschi and the Stars“ is an unbelievable chance to tell about film and film production in an unusual, original and entertaining way. This movie should show how much highly specialized work the medium film includes and how important efficient funding systems for the national films are. This should be told without moralizing observations. It is a perspective coming from the inside and from the outside, but at the same time it keeps an critical view on the happenings, because the observer is not part of them.“

Selective Filmography

Feature Documentary

2009Balkan Blues – Die Wiener Tschuschenkapelle auf Ba

TV Series

2011Quer… durch die Woche

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MARKUS FISCHER

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

MICHAEL HANEKE

Michael Haneke was born on March 23rd 1942. Haneke has worked in television‚ theatre and cinema and is also known for raising social issues in his work. Besides working as a filmmaker he also teaches directing at the Filmacademy Vienna.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2012 Amour

2009 Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschic

2005 Caché

2001 La pianiste

The idea for this documentary is based on Josef Deininger alias „Joschi“ and his unique story of life. In 1985 Joschi started his career as a taxi driver, but soon he specialized on the film- and music business in Austria. He says he never found the ideal job – he used to be an accountant- but at this one at least he gets to meet interesting people, like Michael Haneke, Christoph Walt, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich etc. It took two years to get Joschi attached to the project and one year to shoot and edit the movie, but with great success.

Klaus Maria Brandauer studied music and drama at the university in Stuttgart. He fell in love with stage acting and therefore didn’t like to work in movies except for two small parts in Top Secret (1972) and Októberi vasárnap (1979). This changed when Hungarian director István Szabó gave him a leading part in Mephisto (1981). Brandauer received the actors award in Cannes and that opened door to international films.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

1991 White Fang

1985 Out of Africa

1983 Never Say Never Again

1981 Mephisto

Erni Mangold was born on January 25 th 1927. She is an Austrian actress and stage director. Since 1948, she had appeared in more than 75 films and TV productions.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2011 Anfang 80

2008 Northface

2001 Edelweiss

1995 Before sunrise