"Carpatia" stands for a multinational territory in the eastern centre of Europe. A terra
incognita in most western European consciousness, and also cinematically an
Starting a few kilometres east from Vienna, over the whole Slovakia, Southern
Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary the Carpathian Bow traces a 1500 kilometre
long mountain chain. All five adjoining states in the Carpathian region have
three distinctive similarities: Until 1918 the territory belonged to a multinational
Austrian–Hungarian monarchy; After 1945 the Carpathians went under the
influence of the Soviet Union; Before the Jewish Holocaust the Jews have been
living in this region for over hundreds of years. Due to the seclusion, its
landscapes and its original cultures are still very well preserved today compared
with other European areas.
This documentary portrays the people, places and the landscape of the Carpathian
Mountains. Along this journey you'll meet gold diggers, wizards, cow herders
and the old Hassids as well as gain insight into the lives of the other ethnic
groups of the region, like the Hutsuls, the Gorals and the Roma.
"Carpatia" - takes you on a time travel through the rural mountainous
regions of Europe, which may seem outright foreign to us, but they nonetheless
allow us to connect with common cultural and historical roots.
/ Austria 2004 Colour 127 Minutes Dolby
SR Super16 / 35mm BlowUp 1:1,66 Subtitles
German / English