Additional Scenes

Liesel Elsaesser's Skiing Accident

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Liesel Elsaesser's return to the island in April 1941 after a near-fatal ski accident; on their way to their own ski trip Trudel and Hanner visit Liesel in Inns-bruck where she is hospitalised with a broken leg.

Hard Work and Daily Toil

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What Migge envisaged as an earthly paradise for Adam and Eve was in truth the Garden of Eden after the Fall. Visitors had to work, and those living on the island were toiling from dawn to dusk. It being the War, women had to do men's work.

Migge Takes on the Lease

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These are documents indicating Migge's eagerness to take possession of the island ahead of the legal arrangements. He fantasises of an Eldorado among the local flora and fauna, troubled only by nosy and invasive humans.

Trudel Elsaesser A Farewell

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A different layer of meaning emerges when the historical circumstances change. Trudel's 80th birthday and the first -ill-fated - film to render homage to our mother. Other birthdays follow: 95th, 100th, and 102nd ...

The Seasons: Planting and Sowing

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This compilation of scenes documents the careful work needed to prepare the soil and seed it for the seasonal harvesting of beans, potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and other crops.  

Gosen, Seddinsee and the Island

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Today's inhabitants of Gosen, the village closest to the island have responded with interest to the 'rediscovery' of the rich history of the island. Photos taken by local photographer Paul Szulzewsky in the winter of 2018 convey some of the magic the lake and the island still have today. Other photos are by visitors over the seasons.