Night of a 1000 Hours

a film by Virgil Widrich
World Premiere: Busan International Film Festival 2016

Luxembourg/Austria/Netherlands // 2016 / 92 min / Colour / Digital


One night, one murder - A forbidden passion and a big family secret.

As the members of the Ullich family gather at their palace in Vienna, their deceased ancestors suddenly appear and usher in a series of unforeseen events. Not only does the past unexpectedly become the present, criminal machinations are also revealed to be at work in a world in which ethics have been discarded and profit seems to be the main goal. On this journey through different eras, the young entrepreneur Philip Ullich and his newly alive great-aunt Renate fall for each other. While Philip battles his cousin for control of the family business, the ancestors reveal the true origins of the Ullich fortune. In this struggle it all comes down to who can be trusted in this web of lies, secrets and love affairs. It's a world where even death doesn't mean the end.

Written & Directed by

Virgil Widrich


Christian Berger

Production Design

Christina Schaffer

Costume Design

Alette Kraan

Make Up

Katja Reinert


Pia Dumont


Siegfried Friedrich

Sound Recordist

Carlo Thoss

Sound Editing

Nicolas Tran Trong

Sound Mixing

Michel Schillings

Supervising digital art director

Oleg Prodeus

VFX Supervisors

Hans van Helden, Rick Sander

Color grading

Kurt Hennrich


Lisa Oláh

Dramaturgical consultant

Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Gough

Production manager

Joe Kotroczo

Postproduction manager

Martin Repka

Executive Producers

André Fetzer, Sabine Gruber


Laurence Rupp, Amira Casar, Barbara Petritsch, Elisabeth Rath, Linde Prelog, Johann Adam Oest, Lukas Miko, Luc Feit, Josiane Peiffer, Claire Johnston, Udo Samel, Brigitte Urhausen, Pierre Bodry, Al Ginter, Gilles Soeder, Frederic Frenay, Jean-Paul Raths

Project development in cooperation with

Virgil Widrich Film

Supported by

Film Fund Luxembourg, Österreischisches Film Institut, FISA, ORF, FFW, Land Salzburg, Stadt Salzburg, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film-Production Incentive, Business Location Südtirol, MIBAC Roma, Eurimages, Media, ALGOA Slate Fund, Sources


Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck


Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Arash T. Riahi, Raphael Barth


Key Film, Golden Girls Filmproduktion


AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, AMOUR FOU Vienna

Distribution Belgium & Niederlande

September Film

Distribution Austria

Thim Film

World sales

Picture Tree International

Awards & Nominations

Nomination for Best Feature Film from a Coproduction @ Letzebuerger Filmpräis 2018
Nomination for Best Creative Contribution Feature Film or Documentary - Editing by Pia Dumont @ Letzebuerger Filmpräis 2018
Nomination for Best Creative Contribution Feature Film or Documentary - Production Design by Christina Schaffer @ Letzebuerger Filmpräis 2018
Flash Forward Audience Award @ Busan International Film Festival
Nomination for Best Screenplay @ Austrian Film Awards
Nomination Best Costumes @ Austrian Film Awards
Nomination for Tiantan Award @ Beijing International Film Festival


Busan International Film Festival, South Korea - October 2016
Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland - October 2016
Chicago International Film Festival, USA - October 2016
Ventara Sur, Argentinia - November 2016
Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken / opening film, Germany - January 2017
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands - January 2017
Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg, Germany - January 2017
Fantasporto - Oporto International Filmfestival, Portugal - February 2017
Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg - March 2017
LET'S CEE Film Festival Wien, Austria - March 2017
Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film, Austria - March/April 2017
Esslinger Krimitage, Germany - April 2017
Curaçao International Film Festival, Curaçao - April 2017
Bolzano Film Festival, Italy - April 2017
Taipei Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival, Taiwan - April 2017
Beijing International Film Festival, China - April 2017
Austrian Film Festival, Russia - April 2017
Bari International Film Festival, Italy - April 2017
European Film Festival, Serbia - May/June 2017
Transilvania International Film Festival, Transylvania - June 2017
Shanghai International Film Festival, China - June 2017
Sotto le stelle dell'Austria Film Festival (Austrian Cultural Forum Rome), Italy - July 2017
Bucheon International Film Festival, South Korea - July 2017
Split Film Festival, Croatia - September 2017
Manaki Brothers Film Festival, USA - September 2017
Film|Neu Film Festival Washington, USA - November 2017
European Union Film Festival, Canada - December 2017
Clair Obscur Travelling Film Festival Rennes, France - February 2018