Language:German with English subtitles
Based on true-life stories with contemporary witnesses, this film shatters the clear line between feature film and documentary. Four young men who deserted from the Wehrmacht speak directly and intensely into the camera, telling their describing their attempts to overcome their pain through psychological repression, physical labor, faith, and alcohol abuse. “Glorious Deserter” promotes the human rights in Austria, the principles of individual freedom and political liberty. Director Gabriele Neudecker taps into a taboo Austrian subject. She receives anonymous letters and threats by Austrian Neo-Nazis while researching and shooting the film because in Austria, deserters from the Wehrmacht are continually persecuted and ostracized.