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kodak analog film award

57. internationale Hofer Filmtage 2023

worldpremiere ROTTERDAM iff 2023
austrian premiere at the diagonale 2023


Filmadrid statement of the jury

I AM HERE! receives the main award of FILMADRID IFF 2023: For the cinematic use of a melancholic poetry to make the intersection of two lives visible in a moving way... more

Stefan Grissemann, Profil

Forest, field, trauma: Ludwig Wüst's new psychodrama.
In the profil interview, director maverick Ludwig Wüst talks about psycho tricks and Schubert songs, his longing for Egypt and working on his new film "I Am Here!"... more

Der Standard

Ludwig Wüst often deals with legacies in his films. He allows the past to reverberate in a present for which he seeks the simplest, clearest form possible with his stories... more

Martina Rényi, ORF

In his new film "I am here!" Ludwig Wüst and his team deal with the themes of loneliness, uprooting, cohesion and with overcoming trauma. Shot on 16mm, Martina Spitzer and Markus Schramm play two outsiders marked by life... more

sebastian selig, deadline

But the very best is yet to come: Once again, a film by Ludwig Wüst completely blows us away. Wüst is an obsessive. Coming from an acting background, at some point he had to channel this irrepressible flow of ideas within him into very idiosyncratic cinematic paths... more

diagonale 2023

The Kodak Analog Film Award was presented for the fourth time at the #FestivalOfAustrianFilm. It went to Klemens Koscher and Ludwig Wüst for "I AM HERE!"... more

kleine zeitung

Diagonale regular Ludwig Wüst is a narrator as slow as he is forceful, as is evident in this beautiful, intense film about childhood friends Monika and Martin (great improvisational performance by Martina Spitzer and Markus Schramm), about early traumas and the restlessness they cause. A gem of Wüst's expansive œuvre...  more

Walter Gasperi, film-netz.com

In its renunciation of any classical plot structure and its limitation to two characters, "I Am Here" stands in opposition to conventional cinema. But in the long, calm images of nature, in the silence that Wüst leaves room for, and in the intense narratives of Spitzer and Schramm, which seem so authentic that they are touching, this film, shot on analog 16-mm material, develops great beauty and intensity, as long as one gets involved in its slow narrative rhythm...  more

Matthias Greuling, Wiener Zeitung

Wüst, who has always been a nonconformist in the industry with his idiosyncratic, radical works, is slowly coming close to the recognition he has long deserved...  more

the gap magazine 197

The 16-millimeter analog film by Ludwig Wüst tells about Monika (Martina Spitzer) and Martin (Markus Schramm). The two have known each other since childhood and have now found each other again. They walk through the forest and go in search of a relic of their past...  more

ray Filmmagazine 03/23

Also on view in the Diagonale program "In Reference" are Ludwig Wüst's studies ABC (Wüst's film I AM HERE! runs in the competition program). ABC functions as a journey through the solitaire's many years of filmmaking...  more

Diagonale 2023

I AM HERE! in competition: Ludwig Wüst from Rotterdam to Graz In reference to Ludwig Wüst's current feature film I AM HERE! (AT 2023), which recently celebrated its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival and will be shown in Graz as an Austrian premiere, the Diagonale will exclusively and uniquely show Wüst's filmic convolute ABC (AT 2023) - a journey through 25 years of film work, the alphabet of the independent solitaire and border crosser...  more

panorama cinéma

Ce film minimaliste et poignant fait preuve d’une intelligence hors du commun qui se déploie tout en subtilité. Pensons d’abord à son titre surprenant, mystérieux, doté d’une profondeur insoupçonnée; celui-ci réfère simultanément à la présence de l’humanité dans un lieu (« je suis ici »), mais aussi à l’existence de ce lieu indépendamment des êtres humains qui l’arpentent... more


I AM HERE celebrates its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Great! I got to know and appreciate Ludwig Wüst in 2009 at the Hofer Filmtage. He presented his film "Koma" and immediately caused debates... more

I AM HERE! at IFF Rotterdam

Ludwig Wüst is a veritable phenomenon of Austrian cinema — an outsider who delivers at least one fiction feature per year... more

Theatrical Release

From March 3 to 20, 2022 Ludwig Wüst's new film 3.30 PM is running in Metro Kinokulturhaus of the Filmarchiv Austria in Vienna... more

Best Cinematography Diagonale 2021

Ludwig Wüst receives Award for Best Cinematography of a Feature Film for 3.30 PM at the Diagonale... more

Neil Young (uk critic / curator, viennale 2020)

A new work of deceptive formal complexity and surprising emotional depth from prolific writer-director-producer-cinematographer Ludwig Wüst (KOMA, Viennale 2009). Essentially a walking-and- talking two-hander in which... more

Inheriting the dogma spirit (sung moon, jeonju Iff)

Two friends, Martin and Anthony, meet after 15 years, share memories and reflect on their present lives... more

Statement Neil Young, Sight & Sound

“Ranks highly among the most distinctive, dryly humorous and memorably atmospheric narrative features from Austria in the current decade. Wüst is a true one-off.“

Serpentines of the soul, der Tagesspiegel

Ludwig Wüst's “Departure“ is defined by reduction: one day, two characters, three locations. It's a road movie of the soul... more

Statement Werkstattkino München, Bernd Brehmer

“With it's emblematic visual language, the film appears like an japanese ink drawing, the minimalistic narrative as a filmed haiku.“


“I move around in a picture”. In Ludwig Wüst’s Departure two strangers reach a tacit understanding to journey together for a time, which leads them to a radical turning point... more

Berlinale Programme 2018

Two broken souls meet by chance in the countryside. A man and a woman, neither of them young anymore, both saddled with great disappointments... more

Cries and Whispers. Ludwig Wüst's DEPARTURE towards the last things

In the beginning, there is a cry, an enduring, angry cry thrust against the flogging rumbling of a train. It arises from the depths of an irrepressible breast and plays out as the first powerful tonal apex of Ludwig Wüst's newest film... more


I AM HERE! begins in the middle of a forest, where a man and a woman, both about 50, meet to search for a place where they buried something a very long time ago. The two have not seen each other for many years. As they once did as children, they search for a secret and lose their way. A deeply buried trauma comes to light... more