Catching Haider

The 21st century has already witnessed several waves of right wing extremism. One of the first was headed by Jörg Haider, and the leader of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). Haider died in a car accident in 2008, view while returning from a night club and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Haider learned his conservative values early on from his parents, pharm who were proud members of the national socialist party. The promising young politician built his career in a very bold and determinant way. He didn’t shy away from conflicts and controversies and was selected to the Austrian parliament as the youngest member. By 1990’s Haider was leading a group of like-minded members of the political elite. They touted a nationalistic agenda, but also made questionable deals with colonelGaddafi, the authoritarian leader of Libya.

Director Nathalie Borges is also a character in this documentary: a naïve outsider who people treat politely but suspiciously. It is quite clear, that she represents totally different set of values than most of the people she interviews, and people don’t really answer her honestly. However, the questions left unanswered are just as important as the actual answers. The similarities between Haider’s group and the other populist groups in Europe – including the Finns Party – are both obvious and shocking.

Saara Tamminen, Ulla Simonen

Languages: German, French
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Nathalie Borgers
  • Country: Austria, Germany
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 91 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Helmut Wimmer
  • Editing: Elke Groen
  • Audio: Bruno Pisek
  • Music: Thierry Zaboitzeff
  • Production: Kurt Mayer/Kurt Mayer Film, Heino Deckert/ Filmproduktion


  • Cinema Artis hall 2: Sunday 31.01 - 18:30