11/25/2017 15:00 – Caligari FilmBühne
Austria 2017 75 min original version with English subtitles
by Thomas Fürhapter
Script: Thomas Fürhapter, DoP: Judith Benedikt, Manuel Zauner, Editor: Dieter Pichler, Production: Navigator Film, Producer: Johannes Rosenberger, with: Roman Blumenschein, Susanne Gschwendtner, Eva Herzig, Lukas Johne, Sarah Jung
“This visually striking, thought-provoking essay dissects the ethical quagmire posed by the latest prenatal testing. Through carefully composed shots we watch as ‘normal’ Austrians engage in a wide array of physical pursuits; meanwhile a variety of unnamed narrators tackle the myriad implications of allowing parents the ‘third option’ – ending a pregnancy if their foetus tests outside the norm.” (Sheffield Doc/Fest)
Thomas Fürhapter, born in 1971 in Vienna/Austria, is an author and filmmaker. After his A levels, he studied psychology at the University of Salzburg and worked as a freelance journalist and photographer. In 1995 he began philosophy studies in Vienna (graduating in 2002). Between 2002 and 2004 he worked as a creative assistant in the area of video at the Vienna Burgtheater and realized his first film DAS GELB OHNE ZEBRA. Further films followed. With MICHAEL BERGER – A HYSTERIA he was invited to numerous international festivals and received several awards. THE THIRD OPTION is his first feature-length film.