Inspired by the cult cartoonist Deix: Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s animation fun-culture

“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen”: the son of well-mannered innkeepers, who was only called “the snotty boy”, struggles with the stuffy crampedness of his homeland, the Siegheilkirchen, a place in the arch-Catholic hinterland of the Alpine Republic. Photo: Pandora Film Distribution


“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” by Marcus H. Rosenmüller is an animated film about the stuffy village life in post-war Austria and the realization of your own dreams. The film was inspired by the cult cartoonist Deix, and you can hear “Tatort” star Adele Neuhauser.

“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” is a satirical animated film inspired by the drawing style, life and worldview of the cult Austrian cartoonist and provocateur Manfred Deix (1949-2016). Marcus H. Rosenmüller (48, “Who Dies Earlier Dies No Longer”) and animation specialist Santiago López Jover (41) directed a cinematic play that is not entirely suitable for children.

This is what “Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” is about

In Siegheilkirchen, a town in the archicolitical hinterland of the Alpine Republic, the son of well-mannered innkeepers, whom they all called simply “snotty”, argued in the 1960s with the stuffy crampedness of his homeland. But his unstoppable drawing talent not only gives an outlet to his own dissatisfaction. He also entertains his classmates with his naked and pornographic drawings, makes the authorities laugh and finally saves his beloved, beautiful Mariola from the malicious pursuits of some die-hard …

Rosenmüller: “Deix is ​​a cult, just like an Austrian film”

In an interview with the spot on the news, Rosenmüller explains what particularly appealed to him in the film project: “Obviously a great script [Martin Ambrosch, Red.] and the challenge of being able to make an animated film for the first time, “she says and continues:” Deix is ​​a cult, and so is an Austrian film. Of course it’s nice to be there.

Rosenmüller has been involved in the project since 2012. To what extent was artist Manfred Deix, who died in 2016, involved in the development of the film? “Deix released the script,” says the main director. In addition, almost the entire casting was drawn from his work, “his caricature characters are our actors,” he explains, adding: “His watercolor drawing style is the aesthetics of animation, and his biography from his youth is the plot points of the film. storyline. “Deix also grew up as the son of innkeepers in Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria.

A real film adaptation of this story would be “difficult,” says Rosenmüller, who taught the “Cinema and Television Film Directing” course at Munich University of Television and Film with director Julia von Heinz (46) from 2020. “Some scenes, such as the birth scene, certainly couldn’t have been shot in such a real way. Otherwise, the film is based on drawings by Manfred Deix, and the animation is the best way to realize it, ”says Rosenmüller.



Intro, final and hairdressing scene

“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” tells with acrid humor – “Monroe of Siegheilkirchen”, the shepherd dog “Blondi” – and political explosiveness – racism, staunch – about the courage to question too narrow systems of values ​​and living dreams – and above all that you can never be on it’s too young.

When asked about his favorite scene, Rosenmüller admits: “It’s difficult because honestly, I always like so many scenes.” But then he does something specific: “Apart from the highlights of the finale and the introduction [Geburtsszene, Red.] I really like the hairdressing scene. On the one hand, it touches me, on the other hand I like to watch the antagonists – the hairdresser, Mrs. Mayoress – very much with their malicious spitefulness. ”

Some famous actors are behind the animated characters. This is how the star of “Tatorta” Adele Neuhauser (63) speaks in the film as Roma Natascha, whose independence is provoked by the villagers. “I wanted to convey a calm and provocative eroticism in order to reject hostility towards her,” explained the Austrian actress in an interview with Hedi Grager.

Natascha is the mother of the snotty Mariola. This role was played by none other than the award-winning actress of “Vorstadtweibera” Gerti Drassl (44 years old). And no less award-winning Erwin Steinhauer (70, “Single Bells”, “Tatort: ​​Her mit der Marie!”) Lent his characteristic voice to the gentle resistance fighter, Mr. Marek.

The source of the brat’s inspiration, the curvy Trude, or as her voice actress described in the rental movie, “a man’s dream made flesh”, is embodied by Katharina Straßer (38). And as a young protagonist himself, cinema audiences will hear the Austrian actor Markus Freistätter (32, “The Village Is Defending”).

“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” hits theaters on July 7.

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