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A rabbi holding a leg of an animal above his head.


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI


Unclassified 18+

7 Oct

At the outbreak of World War I, a group of refugees, Jews and aristocrats take shelter at an Austro-Hungarian inn near the Russian border.

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  • There seems to be a shocking contrast between the peacefulness of the countryside and the constant sounds of distant combat threatening the safeguard of the inn. But the former is threatened from within, and director Jerzy Kawalerowicz delves deeply into the hidden chaos that’s just as destructive as the warfare surrounding it. Austeria is photographed with a lyrical brutality by Zygmunt Samosiuk.