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Date of Birth 2 November 1970Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, Austria

Mini Bio (1)

Hans Weingartner was born on November 2, 1970 in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for The Edukators (2004), The White Sound (2001) and Free Rainer (2007).

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Studied physics (1990) and brain research (1991-1997) at Vienna University.
Born and raised in Austria.
After attending the Austrian Academy of Cinematography, he did a postgraduate at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany from 1997 to 2001.
Parts of The Edukators (2004) were filmed on his family's estate in the Austrian mountains.
Related to Wendelin Weingartner, the Austrian state of Tyrol's governor from 1993 to 2002.

Personal Quotes (3)

Cannes is like an artistic clearing house. I think we were probably too much in shock at being in competition to realize the import of the festival. But there you are on the red carpet for all the world to see and this little film we made [The Edukators] makes people laugh and think regardless of where they come from. It was actually our first public screening, so the stakes were really high.
I'd say that about two-thirds of the filmmaking is now centered in Berlin. Part of it is simply because it's a cheaper place to live. But you need somewhere that functions efficiently and can handle the necessities that allow for a viable commercial industry to produce popular television programs and movies. It's almost impossible to support an art cinema without a functioning commercial one.
I've been told that The Edukators has helped stimulate discussion and growth for a number of organizations in Germany. It's very flattering to hear and, of course, one wants to believe it's true even in a small way. I certainly believe that there have to be reforms in the economic system because it certainly appears to evolving into a revolutionary mess. When half the world is overweight and half starving, you know it cannot be good for the world's soul.

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