• Der Prozess
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  • Der Prozess

Der Prozess

by Gerald Igor Hauzenberger Documentary Film Germany, Austria, Switzerland / Competition

At 6am on May 21, 2008, armed police burst into the apartment of Austrian dog trainer and animal-rights activist Sabine Koch, arresting her. After three months in custody, Koch, together with 12 other animal-rights activists, went on trial. They were charged with being members of a criminal organisation and therefore breaching article 273a of the Austrian Penal Code, introduced in the wake of 9/11. The article’s intention is to allow the state to stifle terrorist activity. Years of observation, house searches, and undercover agents – the police left no stone unturned in its bid to prove the animal-rights activists’ guilt. The sobering result: five million Euros worth of investigation, no proof and a great deal of scepticism towards the Austrian justice system – and democracy itself. Filmmaker Igor Hauzenberger captures one of the highest profile cases this alpine republic has ever seen.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Austria, 2011
  • Runtime: 116 Min
  • Languages: German
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Gerald Igor Hauzenberger
  • Cast: Martin Balluch, Felix Hnat, Sabine Koch, Jürgen Faulmann
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  • Screenplay: Gerald Igor Hauzenberger
  • Cinematography: Dominik Spritzendorfer, Gerald Igor Hauzenberger
  • Editor: Michael Palm
  • Sound: Lisa Ganser, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Nils Kirchhoff
  • Music: Bernhard Fleischmann
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  • Producer: Michael Seeber
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  • Production Company: FrameLab Filmproduktion
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