Thank You for Bombing

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    Thank You for Bombing

    Directed by

    Austria

    2015

    100 min

    • English
    • German

    Drama

    Toronto IFF

    When a group of American soldiers in Afghanistan burn the Quran, the incident generates a worldwide controversy and the international news outlets send in their investigative troops. But for middle-aged Austrian reporter Ewald, the assignment is cut short at the point of departure when he recognizes a figure from the past. Miles away, in Kabul, American reporter Lana struggles to gain her male colleagues' respect for her work as an on-the-ground correspondent. A couple of floors above Lana's station headquarters sits Cal, a burnt-out reporter frustrated at having to deliver idle reports from a hotel rooftop. This triptych of stories gives us a glimpse into the human experience — the tension and anxiety, but also the quotidian in-between moments — behind the streams of text and pixels that make up our daily news.

    Awards

    • Best Actor (Erwin Steinhauer) - Diagonale
    • Vienna Film Prize for Fiction Film - Viennale
    • FIPRESCI Award - Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Manon Kahle
    Raphael von Bargen
    Erwin Steinhauer
    Screenplay
    Barbara Eder
    Tommy Pridnig
    Cinematography
    Christian Haake
    Editing
    Monika Willi
    Claudia Linzer
    Music
    Wolfgang Mitterer
    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM
    Production
    LOTUS-FILM GMBH
    Festival Bookings
    AFC
    Barbara Eder

    Barbara Eder

    Austria

    Barbara Eder was born in Eisenstadt, Austria, in 1976. She studied film directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2002, she has worked as a freelance director and author in film and television. Her first motion picture, INSIDE AMERICA, received the Special Award of the Jury at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2011. Her documentary PROFILERS, GAZE INTO THE ABYSS (2013) received a Romy, an Austrian award for film and television productions. Her second feature film, THANK YOU FOR BOMBING (2015), was designated best Austrian film (Austrian Film Award), best German-language film (Schweizer Filmfest), and best film (Filmkunstfest Schwerin). Eder also received the award for best director (Austrian Film Award) as well as the Fipresci Award in Schwerin. In addition to her latest series WEST OF LIBERTY, her film VIENNA CONFIDENTIAL is being shown as one of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN's New German TV Movies this year.

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