A friend who was like a father to me once said, “When you do what you love, you don´t have to work“. Seen in those terms, I’m privileged to be able to make movies.
The Best of All Worlds
Austria, Germany; 103 min
Theatrical Release September 8th 2017
DVD & VoD Release March, 9th, 2018
The true story of a drug-addict mother, her child‘s adventurous world, and their love for one another.
Adrian lives through an adventurous childhood in the extraordinary milieu of the drug scene on the outskirts of an Austrian city, with a mother moving between caring and being high. When he grows up he wants to become an adventurer. Despite everything, this a sheltered childhood, the best of all worlds, until the outside world can no longer be kept outside. Helga realizes she might lose her son forever unless she can kick her habit. But first she must defeat her own demons…
In early 2017 we finished The Best of All Worlds, the debut movie of Salzburg director Adrian Goiginger. Shooting took place in April and May 2016 in Salzburg, the Swabian Alps and Stuttgart. Cutting took place over the summer and it had its world premiere at the 67th Berlinale in the section “Perspektive Deutsches Kino”. It went on to win the “compass prize” as the best movie of the section. After the theatrical release we had up to 100,000 movie goers in Austria and we have already received more than 60 awards.
Script: Michaël Viger & Wolfgang Ritzberger
Austria, Belgian, France, Czech Republic; 115 min
Imagine that W. A. Mozart was just a PR stunt of the reigning prince archbishop of Salzburg, because …. what would Salzburg be without its Mozart?
Script & Director: Dito Tsintsadze
Germany, Austria, 100 min
Thomas Brenner, a failed medical student in his early forties, works as a taxi driver in Vienna. He meets Igor, a Russian oligarch and his entourage, who are currently on the run. Fascinated by their world, Thomas gets more and more involved until there is no way back and Thomas also runs the risk of getting eliminated be the Russian secret service.
Script: Wolfgang Ritzberger from the novel by Ottokar Janetschek
Austria, 110 min
At the center is Georg Hubmer, who – at the beginning with his brother and later with the widow, his sister-in-law Bärbel Hubmer – makes the impossible possible against all odds.
Georg Hubmer (then written as Georg Huebmer), (born April 11, 1755 in Gosau, † March 20, 1833 in Naßwald, municipality Schwarzau am Gebirge, Lower Austria) was an Austrian alluvial entrepreneur, founder of the Rotte Naßwald in a side valley of “hell valley”, as well the builder of the then longest tunnel in Austria. After the publication of the novel of the same name, he entered the history of Austria as “Der Raxkönig”.
Wolfgang Ritzberger – Producer, Writer, Actor, Director, DoP
The company’s founder, Wolfgang Ritzberger, has been working in the movie industry since his school days when he got the chance to work as an extra on the set of The Prisoner of Zenda with Peter Sellers, bringing him into contact with the legendary Wien-Film for the first time. The costumes were stored at the Schwechaterhof on Landstraße which is now a shopping centre, and shooting took place at locations in Schönbrunn Palace and the Votiv church. Shortly afterwards he worked on the set as a microphone assistant for a TV advert (produced by CP Film).
Producing a movie is a very complex activity, bringing together many different artists and creatives to realize the ideas of the screenwriter and the director which are then hopefully received by an enthusiastic audience. The road is long and often rocky because there is too much movie for the little funding that can be raised. In a nutshell, practically no movies in Europe are financed at the box office. Consequently, the entire profession is dependent on film support and broadcasting companies.
Wolfgang Ritzberger: “I’m grateful that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my profession, and that I’ve been allowed to realize my dream of making movies. It has been a marathon, and the cemetery of unrealized projects, usually the victims of funding problems, is a big one. But this is true not only here in Austria, it’s the same all over the world. Therefore I’m always grateful when it works out, firstly, because I also have to make a living from this profession, and, secondly, because then the creativity and considerable work already invested in the project is not lost.”