How We Live – Messages to the Family

So Leben Wir – Botschaften an die Familie

A study in the most private ephemera of film practice in a form of letter writing. The family recordings that structure the film are like moving postcards, telling of various lives and lifepaths during the 20th century. In this way, the film not only produces a community, but also establishes a timeless togetherness, allowing generations of filmmakers to speak to one another and, via the medium of the movie screen, to us.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Gustav Deutsch
Script: Gustav Deutsch
Cinematography: Gustav Deutsch, Mostafa Tabbou
Editing: Gustav Deutsch
Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Music: Christian Fennesz
Production: KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
Producers: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Format: DCP
Color: Color/B&W
Production Country: Austria
Production Year: 2017
Duration: 107΄
Contact: Sixpackfilm,

Gustav Deutsch


1981 Rituale
1981 Fulkur (short)
1983 Asuma (short)
1984 Wossea Mtotom
1988 Non, je ne regret rien | The Sky above Paris (μ.μ)
1988 Prince Albert passes by
1990 Adria - Holiday films 1954-68
1990 Sat. June 29th | Arctic Circle (short)
1990 World | Time 25812min
1993 Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries
1994 55/95 (short)
1995 Film/speaks/many/Languages (short)
1996 Pocketcinema the Catalogue
1996 no comment – minimundus AUSTRIA (short)
1996 Film is More than Film, Trailer Viennale 96 (short)
1996 Mariage blanc (short)
1998 Film ist. (1–6)
1999 Tradition is the Handing on of Fire, and not the Worship of the Ashes (short)
1999 K&K&K (short)
2002 Film ist. (7–12)
2003 Spectrum
2005 World Mirror Cinema – Episode 1-3
2009 FILM IST. a girl & a gun
2010 Private Sandnes. A Kinematographic Atlas
2013 Shirley - Visions of Reality
2016 Notes and Sketches I
2017 How We Live – Messages to the Family