This short film takes us to Horn, a town in Lower Austria where Ulrich Seidl grew up. For years it has been a tradition that high school students organize the graduation prom. This isn't only one of the town's most important social events, but also the culmination of Carnival. Ulrich Seidl: "The Prom was the reason I was kicked out of the Film Academy. The teachers didn't like its structure or editing, and thought that the film would hurt the Academy's reputation."
Austria 1982 | 50 min | German | 16 mm
Director: Ulrich Seidl | Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl | Camera: Susanne Meitz and Hermann Dunzendorfer | Editor: Angela Kauf |
Sound: Alf Schwarzlmüller | Producer: Ulrich Seidl | Cast: Hans Rasch, Jutta Hermann, Otto Maier, Peter Berger, Richard Straub
- Director's statement
"While working on pre-production for The Prom (for which I returned to my home town Horn after a long absence), I studied the films of Jean Eustache. I felt a kinship between his theories about filmmaking and my own approach. The result was that I set out to shoot The Prom with a very strict formal concept - and failed. Discouraged, I didn't touch the footage for months until I finally began to edit it into a film." – Ulrich Seidl
A film by Ulrich Seidl