17 km

UHD, 40 min, © Harald Hund 2023

In recent years, authoritarian tendencies have increased in many countries around the world and one small central Euro-pean country is no exception. For the time being, this development has been halted at the national level, after a new government was formed in Austria in 2019. Yet, four years after the Ibiza scandal an extreme right-wing party is once again gaining popularity and is currently even leading in the polls. One wonders what is wrong with the population’s political short-term memory when xenophobic slogans directed against immigrants and refugees have become entrenched in everyday discourse and become part of everyday speech. Forgotten are the corruption and self-enrichment of the former ruling, right-wing conservative coalition, which ran rampant in the shadow of the supposedly righteous fight against illegal migration. For years, journalists in the media have stressed the parallels between the early 20th and the 21st century. Have people learned nothing?

The 40 min film was shot at locations in Upper and Lower Austria where architectural ruins from the Nazi era are located. It poses the question of the extent to which right-wing ideology has taken root not only in the landscape, but also in people’s minds. Two federal states in Austria are now governed by a right-wing populist coalition of ÖVP and FPÖ.

Sanatorium Druzhba

HD 44 min, © Harald Hund 2021


Sanatorium Druzhba is a documentary that uses a Soviet-era building as a starting point to delve into the current situation in Crimea after its annexation by Russia. The building serves as a symbol alluding to the broken relationship, one that now requires treatment (e.g. in a sanatorium), between Russia and Ukraine. Its utopian modernist architectural style is employed as a metaphor for a seemingly utopian alliance between the two countries nowadays.

Dispensing with talking heads in favor of symbolic imagery and references, the film aims to shed light on the opinions of the inhabitants while also utilizing media coverage of the Crimean conflict from both Ukrainian and Russian perspectives. Occasionally generating an assessment divergent from that of Western media, the film examines the nowadays defunct rapport between the two nations.



The Gruffalo

HD 5 min, A 2015


This film was realized as a school project in a co-operation between Kolleg Krieglach and HLW Krieglach (Austria), as part of an English class. All characters in the film are played by pupils with special needs, the main character (the mouse) was played by their English teacher who came up with the idea of making a film.


HD 30 min, Austria / Iran 2017


In the age of „fake“ news and media manipulation this film about Iran, America’s favourite enemy, offers a view of the country through a lense of fact and fiction. The film’s main method is to de-construct „reality“ and to subvert the principles of documentary film-making. At the same time, through the use of contradictory voice-over commentary and variously connotated visual material, it also contains facts which offer the viewer a glimpse of Iran’s home affairs and the state’s inconsistencies.

Iranium may be seen as the sequel to my film Empire of Evil, but it contains a broader approach for (de-)constructing reality and questioning the claim to truth-telling in documentary films.




Empire of Evil

HD 11 min, Austria / Iran 2016


Empire of Evil discusses the Western view of a non-Western society. It does so by way of a documentary about the partial

and exclusively negative political representation of Iran in the West. The film critically interrogates the medium of the

documentary film and its claim to truth. This is achieved by juxtaposing and contrasting documentary footage shot secretly

in Iran with the image of the country created in Western media.


It’s the Mailath-Pokorny

A music clip about a day in the life of Mr. Mailath-Pokorny, culture councilor of Vienna.
Music: Rorschach Punk, Director & editor: Harald Hund, camera: Martin Nußbaum
© Hund & Rorschach Punk 2012


HD and DCP 10min, © Harald Hund 2011


On the face of it Apnoe describes the day- to-day life of an ‚ordinary‘ family, subject, however, to an altered gravita-

tional force. The film shows the vicissitudes that everyday existence has in store for the family and the lengths they

have to go to to maintain the semblance of an orderly life. Defying all the odds, the daughter refuses to be brought

low by the circumstances. She manages to sneak out of the house at night and to pursue her secret pleasures in slow




In the Woods

HD 3 min, © Harald Hund 2013


A study in illusion and fear. Walking through a forest a man encounters an enigmatic figure which appears as a fig-

ment of his imagination. In the end, the man himself might be an illusion.



All People is Plastic

HD and 35 mm film, 12 min, © Harald Hund 2005


A retro-futuristic film that builds on the contents of Science fiction films, but deviates from the genre in that it does

not deliver a design for the future. Taking the Sci-Fi genre ad absurdum, existing elements (e.g. modernist architec-

ture of the more recent past) were used with which to construct a Utopian-looking city. As in all found footage films,

All People is Plastic is based exclusively on existing material and the product of research. In contrast to narrative film,

identification with a protagonist is rendered impossible by people who all look the same and behave identically.

The film uses content and aesthetic means to address the impossibility of Utopias.



You’re so phony

Short film realized in co-operation with students of the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED Madrid 2016