Edition 23: 2–10 August, 2024

Cities Beyond Borders

The Venice Syndrome

Das Venedig Prinzip

Germany, Austria, Italy
2012 — 80' / Color



Venice is pure romance; that which all Europeans yearn for, the dream of all Americans, the wish of all Japanese. The film shows what remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers which is waiting to be expanded; Venetians who are moving to the mainland as there are no longer affordable apartments to be found; an aged noblewoman who treats the municipal council with scorn; a realtor who is considering abandoning the sinking ship.

Director Biography

Born 1967 in Alto Adige; a borderline Italian, Andreas Pichler has studied philosophy and culture studies in Bologna and in Berlin and is now continuously working in Germany, Italy and Austria as director and author of documentaries. His films have been shown at many international festivals and European TV stations. Speaks fluently German, Italian, English, well Spanish and some French. In 2004 he was awarded with the renowned German “Grimme Award”.


Andreas Pichler


Thomas Tielsch


Attila Boa


Florian Miosge


Stefano Bernardi


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