Erste Bank ExtraVALUE
Film Award 2017

Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award 2017 goes to Ruth Kaaserer for her documentary Gwendolyn.

The Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award was awarded for the seventh time at the Viennale.

An independent jury selected an award winner from current films by Austrian directors shown at the 2017 festival. The prize includes a two-month residency in New York City, including a presentation of the award winner’s work at the Anthology Film Archive.

Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award is realised in collaboration with the Viennale, the Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.


 *** Local Caption *** Donnerstag, 02.11.2017: Abschlussgala der Viennale 2017 mit Verleihung der Filmpreise und Filmvorführung LA VILLA im Gartenbaukino; auf diesem Bild: Ruth Kaaserer (Regisseurin von GWENDOLYN, Gewinnerin des MehrWERT-Preises der Erste Bank)

Ruth Kaaserer

Jury statement

A wonderful, attentive film that captures the imagination from the very beginning. In a seemingly random manner, it unfolds a multilayered panorama of human relationships in different living environments. In a captivatingly clear dramatic structure, it tells the story of an outstanding, strong woman, whom we get to know step by step. The director succeeds in blurring the boundaries between documentary and feature film. A sensitive piece of work that beguiles us into enjoying life.


Silvia Bohrn, culture manager
Nicolas Mahler, cartoonist
Boris Manner, curator
Moderation Ruth Goubran, Erste Bank


© ALEXI PELEKANOS; E-Mail: *** Local Caption *** Mehrwert-Erste-Bank-Jury (v.l.): Boris Manner, Ruth Goubran, Nicolas Mahler, Silvia Bohrn

Boris Manner, Ruth Goubran, Nicolas Mahler, Silvia Bohrn