German (Germany)

The Austrian equivalent to Edgar Reitz' “Heimat” Trilogy, was produced between 1976 and 1980 and is considered a milestone of Austrian television. In the first half of the 20th century, the rural population of Austria struggles with poverty, social and political changes. The villagers experience war, the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the annexation to the German Reich. The writing duo Wilhelm Pevny and Peter Turrini developed six 90 minute episodes that put the “story” back in history – a panorama view told not from the perspective of the rulers but of the farming community. For Dieter Berner, director of all six episodes, ALPENSAGA inaugurated his successful career in cinema and theater.