Vista Mare (2023)


Vista Mare is a poetic and surrealist documentary revealing the hidden labour behind ‘a holiday in the sun’ on Italy’s Northern Adriatic Coastal resorts.

Shot over an entire working season (Feb to Oct), it takes viewers on a journey through an artificial landscape built to amuse vacationers. Vista Mare’s camera purposefully watches a multi-national army of seasonal labourers toiling from dawn to dark. Workers test remote-controlled umbrellas, meticulously prepare meals, and most importantly, jolly the patrons into having a good time. Meanwhile on the shoreline, thousands of guests paddle in the waves and enjoy carefully scheduled fun. Little wonder the demands of their jobs drive the workers to chant “Slaves? Never!” in a protest carefully overseen by the Police. In an absurdist loop, Vista Mare watches the workers, who watch other workers play, until the sky turns cloudy, the beaches empty, and the last umbrella closes.


Locarno Critics Week: Vista Mare by Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler, Business Doc Europe, 6 August 2023

Perfectly static shots – true pictures that, together, create a visually striking harmony – prove to be the right way to show us a reality that is only apparently idyllic. – Marina Pavido, Cinema Austriaco, 8 August 2023

Julia Gutweniger, Florian Kofler, Austria (Eutopia Film), Italy (Albolina Film), 80´
Broadcaster & Distribution
Austria: ORF & Filmladen; Italy: Trent Film
Locarno Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique, Leipzig Film Festival - Audience Competition, Viennale, Stockholm IFF, Duisburger Filmwoche, Festival dei Popoli, Goa IFF, DocPoint Helsinki, Kosmorama Norway, Doc Aviv Main Competition, Bolzano Filmfest
Best Italian Film - Festival dei Popoli, Audience Award - Duisburger FilmWoche, Ibiza cinefest - Special Award, Diagonale - Best Sound & Best Image
World except of Austria, Italy

Julia Gutweniger, born 1988 in Merano, Italy. Studied Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design Linz. Florian Kofler, born 1986 in Merano, Italy. Studied Timebased Media at the University of Art and Design Linz. Since 2011 they are making films and documentaries together in the artists collective Villa Mondeo. They live and work in Linz, Austria