Documentary film, 72 min.
AT/IT 2019
Premiere @ DOK Leipzig 2019

(c) Julia Gutweniger & Florian Kofler

The Alps. Nowadays there’s hardly a mountain left untouched. We have long conquered the lofty peaks and developed even the high mountain ranges as recreational landscapes. The fact that there is practically no limit to exploiting the Alps should not be taken for granted: The whole region is covered by a nearly invisible safety system. Well-camouflaged protective precautions against falling rocks and avalanches are there to ensure accessibility and habitability without fear. On the other hand, concrete fortifications around isolated farms or sculptural curved walls on the slopes to secure a whole village look conspicuous and almost surreal.

“Safety123” captures these constructions and the work that’s usually done in the background in breathtaking images. Quiet sequences show impressively how many-layered this safety system is: The landscape is ceaselessly surveyed and emergencies are simulated, whether in computer models, test facilities or large-scale disaster exercises. This observational documentary attentively follows the sometimes mysterious-looking activities and preparations to portray the human struggle against the forces of nature which are unstoppable despite precision technology.

Annina Wettstein – DOK Leipzig



Technical Data    
Running time:   72 min
Format:   Digital
Screen ratio:   1:1.85
Language spoken:   English, German, Italian
Production year:   2019
Directors:   Julia Gutweniger, Florian Kofler
Cinematography:   Julia Gutweniger
Sound Design:   Florian Kofler
Music:   Edgars Rubenis
Producers:   Julia Gutweniger, Florian Kofler
Premiere   October 30, 2019, DOK Leipzig (Next Masters Competition)

Golden Dove – Next Masters Competition (DOK Leipzig)
ÖFI Prize for Best Austria Directing (FFKB Kitzbuhel)
Best Sounddesign Documentary Film (Graz / Diagonale)
Best artistic-technical contribution (Trento Film Festival)
Best Culture&Nature Film (Echo Mountain Film Festival Skopje)