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But Beautiful – Film Screening and Discussion

Culture / Film Screening
in deutscher Sprache

Filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer is not choosing the easy way. In his latest film BUT BEAUTIFUL he seeks the beautiful and the good and portraits people who are breaking new ground. What could a good and successful life look like? Is a “different” life possible at all? The result is a film about perspectives without fear, about connectedness in music, nature and society, about people with different ideas but a great common goal: a sustainable world. Afterwards the filmmaker will be joined in conversation by the successful entrepreneur and one of the protagonists of the documentary, Erwin Thoma, on the role of businesses in this process of transformation.

Chief Executive Officer, Ing. Erwin Thoma Holz GmbH; Entrepreneur; Author, Goldegg
Film Director, Vienna
General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dr. Erwin THOMA

Chief Executive Officer, Ing. Erwin Thoma Holz GmbH; Entrepreneur; Author, Goldegg

 Forester, business economist, entrepreneur, author Erwin Thoma was born in 1962 and grew up in Bruck am Großglockner (Austria). His love for nature made him decide early to become a forester. The encounter with violin makers, woodcutters and carpenters, who taught him old wood knowledge, were very important for him. He also uses this knowledge in his wood construction company to build houses from 100 percent wood - with his Holz100 construction system, an international patent application. With the Holz100 system, it is possible to build absolutely healthy houses, that are waste-free, 100% recyclable as houses and energy self-sufficient for heating and cooling. Erwin Thoma takes us into a world that has become foreign to many of us: life with the forest, the fascination of trees and the good life with wood. He describes trees as companions - they are lived experiences. Erwin Thoma is father of three children and lives with his wife Karin in Goldegg.


Film Director, Vienna

 Trained as an electrical and communications engineer
1980-1983 Developer at Philips, video department
1983-1987 Freelance assistant director and cameraman, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Company
 Since 1987 Freelance screenwriter and filmmaker
1995-2000 Taught at Danube University Krems
2002-2010 Taught at University of Applied Arts, Vienna

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1994-1996 Scholarship holder/Student, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Victoria
1996-1997 National Service/Gedenkdienst, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem
1997-1998 Community Service Coordinator, American International School, Cochabamba
1998-2003 BA, King's College, London
2000-2001 Exchange Year, Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
2003-2004 Exhibition Coordinator, Künstlerhaus Wien
2004-2005 Programme Manager, Concordia, Chisinau
2005-2010 Programme Officer, Light for the World, Vienna
2010-2011 MSc, University of Oxford
since 2012 General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Arts and Culture

show timetable
Kategorie: all Culture


19:00 - 21:00Dark Codecs – OpeningCulture


12:00 - 18:00Of All The People In All The World – OpeningCulture
14:00 - 14:30Under Construction: Conditio Humana – Exhibition WalkCulture
19:00 - 21:00Alpine Music: Resounding Through DecadesCulture


18:30 - 19:30Dark Codecs – Exhibition WalkCulture
19:00 - 20:00It Does Matter WhereCulture


18:00 - 18:15europamemoria – MidissageCulture
18:15 - 18:30Bad Seeds /Painted Contacts – MidissageCulture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 1Culture


Twenty-Four Hours of FreedomCulture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 2Culture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 3Culture
21:00 - 23:305K HD: And To In A – Concert and DJCulture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 4Culture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 5Culture
19:00 - 20:00Die Wandervögel: An der Rax – ConcertCulture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 6Culture
19:30 - 22:00But Beautiful – Film Screening and DiscussionCulture
20:00 - 21:00DeSacre!Culture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 7Culture
20:30 - 21:45Alpbach Special: Schrödinger’s Duck in Schrödinger’s HallCulture


12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 8Culture
19:30 - 20:30COURAGE!Culture