Balkan Dox

The Best City Is No City At All

Die beste Stadt ist keine Stadt

2019 — 15 min / Colour



A young man sitting in a rusted hangar and playing the guitar. An abandoned wooden church that is no longer needed and has been moved to the outskirts of the growing city as a temporary cultural use. Kindergarten children who talk in a circle of chairs what they are not doing at the moment. In his essay film “The best city is not a city”, Christoph Schwarz mixes multiple perspectives on Vienna's largest urban expansion area. What they have in common is sentimental criticism of growth and a romantic refusal to progress in the face of the impending ecological collapse, which seems more credible to us than any happy ending. (Daniel Bleninger)

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Directors' Biography

Born in 1981, Christoph Schwarz lives in Vienna/Austria. He graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna with a diploma in Media Arts in 2006. His projects mainly emerge out of self-involved set-ups, in which he blends fact and fiction into humorous narratives that can find their respective formal shape in performance, installations and short film, and have been shown at exhibitions and film festivals internationally.

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Christoph Schwarz


Christoph Schwarz


Christoph Schwarz


Christoph Schwarz


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Screenings & Awards

VIS, Vienna , Austria, 2020
VIS Nominee for European Film Award

Krakow FF, Poland, 2021

Diagonale, Graz, Austria, 2020

Glasgow ShFF, United Kingdom, 2020