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12 Ratings

Northern Skirts


Directed by Barbara Albert
Austria, 1999


Vienna, 1995. Jasmin, Tamara, Valentin, Senad and Roman live near the northern border of Austria. Their lives repeatedly intersect and drift apart. The characters involved are young migrants from the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland and Austria itself.

Northern Skirts Directed by Barbara Albert

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Marcello Mastroianni Award

European Film Awards

2000 | Nominee: European Discovery of the Year

Stockholm International Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Best Directorial Debut

Brussels International Film Festival


What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Northern Skirts

    **1/2. This film earned awards at Stockholm and Venice in 1999. It's typically a festival movie about Austria's identity. Not bad if you want to think a little bit about immigration in Europe and disappointing if you want to see a film aiming at excellence. Almost already forgotten.

  • [zwang]'s rating of the film Northern Skirts

    The complex, fragmentary debut film, ''Northern Skirts'' evokes the social and emotional tremors that rumble through a southern Austrian town near the Slovenian border. The movie, which examines the relationships among some young people (some of them refugees), suggests how a war can sneak across the border, even when no shots are fired, and erode an orderly society's everyday sense of its own continuity.

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