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documentary

Nature | Wildlife

ALPINE PASTURES

fascination of a landscape

plate of Riebel, three times the Lord’s Prayer and the

hope that the weather will hold. And then off for the

adventure: herding the cattle to their mountain pastures in the

Lech Valley. On this day, 500 bovines are driven from Zürs across

the Wösterjoch, a pass at a height of 2500 metres, into the

Tyrolean Lech valley where the farmers from Vorarlberg still

have grazing rights. The precipitous backdrop of the Lech Alps

makes their wandering a dramatic spectacle. Hard on the tails of

the cattle are horses loaded high with provisions. Things won’t

have been much different 700 years ago when the Alemanni trod

the same path to settle in the Lech valley.

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length

50 minutes

director

maria magdalena koller

year

2006

format

betadigital 16:9

version

english and german

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documentary

Nature | Wildlife

ALPINE PASTURES

fascination of a landscape

The alpine grazing pastures, known as “Almen” in the country, are a crucial piece of

Austrian identity. They cover about 20 percent of our country. Pasturing has shaped the

Alps for centuries, creating a landscape of unique beauty and a culture steeped in tradition

that is appreciated not just by tourists. It was not always so: in the 1970s, many cattle pastures

were abandoned due to the enormous labour input required. It took a new fashion of ecological

thinking and targeted farm subsidies to stop their drastic decline.

Today organic farming and a new self-awareness among dairymen and maids have turned

Austrian alpine pastures into an incomparable living space and culture place right in the heart

of Europe. What was once ridiculed as “Heidiland” is now a cult object: from alpine butter to

the linen dirndl costume, from mountain milk to the hayseed bath – all are products that

strengthen the “ALM” brand. But the pastures have become much more than a key environmental

and economic factor, they are a place that nourishes the soul.

According to the Austria promotion agency, 95 percent of our holiday guests wish to see a traditional

Alm. Consequently, those in the east of Austria are used mostly for touristic purposes,

whereas those in Tyrol and Vorarlberg still serve their original grazing purpose.

This documentary wants to express the renewed appreciation of alpine pastures. It is a homage

to the beauty of this unrenounceable treasure and the people living in it. It will be a story

of three pastures from different regions, showing the history of dairy farming on the pasture,

the techniques used to make cheese, the architecture of the mountain cabins and the archaic

world of Alm folklore. Particular emphasis is given to the splendid landscape that is home to

this richly diverse culture.

For further information please contact

HEINRICH MAYER

Interspot Film-Ges.m.b.H

A-1230 Vienna

Walter-Jurmann-Gasse 4

phone: + 43 1 | 80 120-420

fax: + 43 1 | 80 120-222

e-mail: mayer@interspot.at

www.interspot.at

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