der Garten im Schrank


a folk tale of sorts

by Warren Rosenzweig

Awarded the 2008 Inter.Culture.Prize

With RITA HATZMANN, MIMI KILINGER
ERWIN LEDER, WARREN ROSENZWEIG

Directed by Warren Rosenzweig
Music by Abi Sina
Stage & Lighting: Bert Schifferdecker
Costumes: Barbara Langbein
Hair: Fisun Ecevit / Hauptsache

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The Family as Social Allegory

There is no collective guilt, but only the guilt of individuals who, together, comprise the collective.
– Erwin Ringel, The Austrian Soul

The skeletons in the closet of an unhappy rural family spring to life when a guest worker from faraway becomes familial with the history of his hosts…

There’s no reason
for us to pretend it’s a secret.

There is no secret, after all.

No reason to discuss these things out loud,
but there’s no secret.


der Garten im Schrank (“the Garden in the Closet”) explores the question of collective memory and contributes to the memorial series, “Remember for the Future” of the District of Mariahilf, seventy years after 1938.

Presented under the Honorary Patronage of Vienna Chief Rabbi Paul Chaim Eisenberg and Vienna Arch Bishop Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with generous support from prestigious institutions and community enterprises.

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VIDEOS


Preview // Part I

Preview // Part II

Production Video Trailer

TV Teaser I // Cries

TV Teaser II // Whispers

Fest ohne Grenzen (Inter.Culture.Prize)
Video Interview with Warren Rosenzweig


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We didn’t want trouble. But things began to disappear. There was less and less every day. I shake when I remember. My shoes! My hat! My hair! They drugged me in the night – did I tell you that? And shaved my hair! I got up in the morning and looked in the mirror and my head was… My hair! My hair! … They wanted us to think we were going mad. And it made us mad! Imagine what it was like. You can’t imagine. We couldn’t sleep anymore. Things kept vanishing in the night. But we couldn’t stay awake forever, could we? How were they getting in? We didn’t know. And it didn’t stop – it went on. Winter came and the clothing was gone. We had nothing left to wear. It was cold. No one can bear that kind of cold. We had to defend our ourselves. Our garden! Our… You don’t know how it is, that cold. It makes you… Cold! KALT! KALT! KALT!

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When it was over, everyone said: “I didn’t do anything.” And they don’t realize at all what self-incrimination is inherent in that statement!
– Erwin Ringel, The Austrian Soul
Erwin Leder, Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Eduardo Criscuolo

Mimi Kilinger, Erwin Leder; Photo: Eduardo Criscuolo

Warren Rosenzweig, Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Erwin Leder; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Erwin Leder, Mimi Kilinger; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann, Warren Rosenzweig; Photo: Bernhard Staudinger

Mimi Kilinger, Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann, Warren Rosenzweig, Erwin Leder; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann, Mimi Kilinger; Photo: Bernhard Staudinger

Rita Hatzmann, Mimi Kilinger; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann, Warren Rosenzweig; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Erwin Leder, Mimi Kilinger, Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Warren Rosenzweig, Erwin Leder; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

Rita Hatzmann; Photo: Bernhard Wolf

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