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NYU Washington, DC and the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington will co-host an evening film screening of, But Beautiful, a film by Austrian director and producer Erwin Wagenhofer. But Beautiful is a film about human connectedness, the courage to change, and about the freedom to be happy. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Erwin Wagenhofer and producer Sabine Kriechbaum, with whom he wrote the screenplay and published a book with the same title.

Love is not merely a feeling. Love is an immeasurable force that connects people. Trusting this force is one of the most important challenges humans face. There are people who serve as role models, people who act within and through connections. This film is dedicated to them and their stories.

In times of constant crisis, problems and catastrophic news reporting all over the world, the Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer felt the pressuring need to counteract this consuming negativity by portraying stories of hope, positive change and engagement: Illiterate women becoming solar engineers in India; a Swiss couple turning wasteland in La Palma into paradise; a former Austrian forester developing the healthiest houses on earth; or the Dalai Lama, one of the spiritual leader of our times spreading essential messages and his Tibetan sister with a big heart for the youth. But Beautiful is connecting every single one of them.

Please note that this program may be filmed and/or photographed.

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Erwin Wagenhofer

Erwin Wagenhofer

Erwin Wagenhofer, born in 1961, is an Austrian author and film director. After finishing the training to become an electrical and communications engineer, he spent many years working as director, producer, author and lecturer. With 800,000 cinema visitors in Europe, his documentary We Feed The World (2005) was a huge success. Erwin Wagenhofer’s movies have been awarded many international prizes, the German Documentary Award in 2009 being one of them.

Sabine Kriechbaum

Sabine Kriechbaum

Born in 1969, Sabine Kriechbaum studied Architecture in Vienna. After a short career as an architect, she started working as an author and producer for theater and film. She is the co-author of Wagenhofer’s films Alphabet (2013) and But Beautiful (2019), and co-founder of the Imagine Film Cooperation (2016).