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Die Piefke-Saga 

A Berlin entrepreneur and his family regularly come to Tyrol for holidays. Although the locals dislike the haughty attitude of the Germans, they persuade him that building a snow-cannon ... See full summary »




1993   1990  
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Series cast summary:
Dietrich Mattausch Dietrich Mattausch ...  Karl-Friedrich Sattmann 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Brigitte Grothum ...  Else Sattmann 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Ferdinand Dux Ferdinand Dux ...  Heinrich Sattmann 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Sabine Cruso Sabine Cruso ...  Sabine Sattmann 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Ralf Komorr Ralf Komorr ...  Gunnar Sattmann 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Kurt Weinzierl Kurt Weinzierl ...  Franz Wechselberger 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Veronika Faber Veronika Faber ...  Christel Wechselberger 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Tobias Moretti ...  Josef 'Joe' Rotter 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Josef Kuderna Josef Kuderna ...  Max Niederwieser 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Gregor Bloéb Gregor Bloéb ...  Stefan Wechselberger 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Hans Richter Hans Richter ...  Hans Wechselberger 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Brigitte Jaufenthaler Brigitte Jaufenthaler ...  Anna Rotter 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Doris Goldner Doris Goldner ...  Olga Rotter 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Barbara Weber Barbara Weber ...  Maria Rotter 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Ludwig Dornauer Ludwig Dornauer ...  Thomas Rotter 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Josef Griesser Josef Griesser ...  Gendarm 4 episodes, 1990-1993
Peter Kluibenschädel Peter Kluibenschädel ...  Andreas Rotter 3 episodes, 1990
Hans Kolp Hans Kolp ...  Pfarrer 3 episodes, 1990-1993
Sascha Scholl Sascha Scholl ...  Manfred Hollescheck 2 episodes, 1990
Claudia Rieschel Claudia Rieschel ...  Jutta Karge 2 episodes, 1990-1993
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ...  Herr Körner 2 episodes, 1990
Asta Asta ...  Asta 2 episodes, 1990


A Berlin entrepreneur and his family regularly come to Tyrol for holidays. Although the locals dislike the haughty attitude of the Germans, they persuade him that building a snow-cannon factory in their village would be beneficial to all sides. The series reflects in a satirical way on Tyrol's growing dependency on tourism, and on Tyrolean's loss of their identity resulting from this. Written by gpermant-1

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Germany | Austria



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1990 (Austria) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mayrhofen, Tirol, Austria

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Alsat Film See more »
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(4 parts)


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The four episodes are entitled "Der Skandal", "Die Animation", "Das Geschäft" and "Die Erfüllung". See more »


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Written and Performed by Rainhard Fendrich
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an anthropological guide to the "German<->Austrian-problem"
7 August 2010 | by SebastienSpaSee all my reviews

I suppose the metaphor that this series is trying to express can be applied to any two neighboring countries that on one hand need and on the other hate each other.

If you cut down the metaphors to actual sentences the story can be explained like this: A stereotypical (from the eyes of an Austrian - like the writer) German family is traditionally vacationing in the Austrian Alps. After realizing that in the background they (and their fellow Germans) aren't welcome at all they (in fact mostly only the father) try to boycott the holiday area. But the mayor manages to persuade the family to stay and even "binds" them to the place by starting to make business with them. From now on a "looking behind the masks" from both sides emerges allowing both parties to dig a little deeper into the real cultures of their opposites. It is a changing play of illusion and disillusion and coming to terms with them.

In fact "Die Piefka Saga" breaks a taboo by telling the truth about the holiday industry that nobody (on vacation) wants to hear about. The German family comes to Austria with the illusion that this country is still "pure" and free of pollution, corruption, big industrialization and cosmopolitan bias. Isn't that the promise we get from the travel agencies about almost any country we (want to) travel to? The final chapter of the series is even a satire in itself as it uses almost US-American like slap-stick humor at some points to exaggerate this fact: History and tradition have become a lucrative business in the past decades which is a global matter. In this version it's actually Japanese people who took over in the background - assimilating everyone into traditional Austrians to keep up the illusion of uncompromised purity for tourists.

In fact (if you understand the metaphor) this is happening all around the world. People pretend to be traditional to sell a product - as a result even if you buy a souvenir in Brasil it will most likely be made in China.

Even if you are a non-German speaking person and can get your hands on a DVD with translations, don't hesitate. This is definitely more than just a satire and (by the way) gives you a great view on Austrian/German cultures and how they interact.

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