Locarno Film Festival: Premiere of a Film by Corinna Belz on Peter Handke


Peter Handke – Bin im Wald. Kann sein, dass ich mich verspäte… (Peter Handke – In the Woods, Might Be Late)
Germany · 2016 · DCP · Color · 89′ · o.v. German/French
The filmmaker explores the life and work of the Austrian novelist, playwright and political activist, Peter Handke. The titles of his books sound like the tunes in a jukebox: Offending the Audience and Other Spoken Plays, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick or A Sorrow Beyond Dreams. In the 1960s, he was the definition of a “pop star” author. Yet as soon as he started making the bestseller lists, he turned his back on stardom and went travelling, taking his readers along with him, dragging them into the rhythm and precision of his language and into his own examination of reality. As a young man, and still now, in his daily life, Peter Handke never stopped asking: “Where are we now?” and “How should we live?”

This film by Corinna Belz will premiere next week at the Locarno Film Festival. See further information here:


English subtitles by yours truly. Thanks to Zarko Radakovic for the introduction to Corinna Belz. My second film credit, after The Sonosopher, the brilliant documentary by Travis Low, Torben Bernhard, and Alex Caldiero.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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4 Responses to Locarno Film Festival: Premiere of a Film by Corinna Belz on Peter Handke

  1. meriaten says:

    How cool is that?


  2. II. says:

    ach das ist schoen und ein schoenes foto auch, mit den schuhen auf dem sofa. und lesen. immer lesen. ich muss sehen, dass ich den film auch irgendwie zu sehen kriege. hope you will do many more such nice projects…


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