Columbia Film Festival

There Is Exactly Enough Time

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Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 pictures in a flip book when he died in an accident. His father continued to draw the film with the remaining 482 sheets. Oskar Salomonowitz was born in Vienna in 2008. At the age of three he was an actor in the feature film "Spain" (2012), and at 6 he drew his first animated film. In 2016, he played one of the main roles in his mother Anja Salomonowitz's play titled "The Boy will be Circumcised" at the Volkstheater in Vienna, and in 2019 he starred alongside Daniel Spoerri in "This Film is a Gift." In between, he wrote texts, drew, made music, and programmed over 50 computer games.

On 27.10.2020, at the age of 12, he died in an accident. He is buried at the Jewish section of Vienna Central Cemetery.

Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, winner of over 200 international film awards including an Oscar-nomination for his short "Copy Shop". His most recent feature film is "Night of a 1000 Hours" (2016). In 2018 he directed his first music video "Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel" and produced the experimental short "Light Matter". Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna, Austria.

Director Statement

"Continuing Oskar's work after his tragic death was very difficult for me at the beginning, also because I was afraid of doing something wrong. But Oskar wasn't afraid at all, and I'm sure this format and a screening in the cinema would have delighted him very much." Virgil Widrich

Festival note: Please watch the included Trailer, which is really a very moving "Making of" short film that is longer than the featured film itself. The insights and backstory are quite moving and very much part of this powerful experience.

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  • Director
    Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
  • Screenwriter
    Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
  • Editor
    Bernhard Schlick
  • Animator
    Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
  • Sound Design
    Siegfried Friedrich