Schmutz (film)

Directed by Paulus Manker
Produced by Kurt J. Mrkwicka
Written by Paulus Manker
Michael Haneke[1]
Franz Novotny
Starring Fritz Schediwy
Hans-Michael Rehberg
Siggi Schwientek
Josefin Platt
Hanno Pöschl
Music by Yello
Cinematography Walter Kindler
Edited by Maria Homolkova
Distributed by Manfred Salzgeber, Berlin
Release dates
  • May 1985 (1985-05)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Austria
Language German

Schmutz is a 1985 Austrian drama film directed by Paulus Manker. It was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival[2] and was nominated for the Golden Prize. It won C.S.T. Award at Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival (1986) and Best Director and Special Recommendation for the soundtrack at Ghent International Film Festival (1986).

Josef Schmutz is a custodian clerk given the task of guarding an outdated industrial plant. The film is an allegory on the obsessive outsider and the banal roots of totalitarianism.



  1. "Schmutz". filmportal. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  2. "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
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