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the highlight titles for the upcoming autumn season have arrived. Browse through our updated catalog and find a colorful potpourri of high-quality content from all genres.


Newest additions to our blue-chip strands ORF Universum Nature and History, more factual content, the brand new TV-miniseries Last Will as well as new edutainment formats for kids are waiting for you.


A dedicated Music & Arts section completes the line-up for all culture aficionados.


Our sales team is also happy to assist with hand-picked selections based on your interest. Simply register at contentsales.ORF.at/registration for full access to our screening platform.

Bears of the Karawank Mountains

52 min.


The Bears are back! After virtually disappearing in the 20th Century, in the 21st the quiet giants are returning, padding once again through the mountain forests of central Europe, where Italy, Austria and Slovenia meet.
The fall of the Iron Curtain removed the barriers for Slovenian and Croatian brown bears. Ambling west through gentle forest countryside they encountered two major obstacles: the Karawank Mountains and the Julian Alps. This film tells what happens through the year as inquisitive and intelligent bears cross these huge natural barriers in search of a new life in untouched wilderness - or ever closer to civilization. For bears eat many of the same things we humans like, and their refined senses honed instincts help them find it! The film opens our eyes to bear habits and to their enormous power. We humans have always been drawn to bears; always approaching them with fascination, and with just a small dose of fear.

Leopard Legacy

52 min. 


A confident and powerful leopardess named Olimba, rules over an exceptionally large area along Zambia’s Luangwa river. She is a formidable hunter, a courageous ruler, and a devoted mother. She’s just given birth to two tiny cubs, and as she faces the challenging task of motherhood, it’s a constant battle to hunt successfully, to defend her prime territory, and to protect her cubs against her enemies. During their first few months, the cubs go from strength to strength, as Olimba introduces them to the world of a carnivore. But whenever she goes out hunting, she leaves them vulnerable. One day, Olimba discovers a nomadic male leopard near her cubs, and without hesitation, she attacks him. He makes a lucky escape, but when Olimba returns to the den, one of her cubs is gone.

As she comes to terms with her loss, Olimba forges on as a devoted mother, and passes on all her knowledge to her blue-eyed boy, named Makumbi.

Big Bend – America’s Wildest Frontier

52 min. 


The legendary Rio Grande river cuts deep canyons between the US and Mexico, but the wildlife knows no boundaries. This most talked-about frontier is a vast wonderland of serene beauty and larger-than-life desert landscapes – and home to some of America’s most glorious wildlife. Big Bend National Park boasts more species of birds, butterflies, bats, reptiles, cacti, ants and scorpions than any other US National Park. The soaring Chisos Mountains are sky-islands harboring survivors at the extreme edge of their ranges and seeking respite as they migrate through. This is America’s true borderland, where horizons never end and stars blaze as they have for eons; where mountain lion and black bear roam, where bats stalk the desert floor at night, seeking out of all things – scorpions! It‘s the wild west of our cartoons and movie dream-worlds: home to the coyote, rattlesnake and roadrunner. Big Bend still appears exactly as it did when native Americans were the only humans to drink from its springs and hunt its game, before the wagons of the white settlers first appeared on the horizon. The film journeys through Big Bend throughout a year, seeking out its secret places and wild creatures.

The Salt Saga – White Gold of the Alps

52/43 min. 


The Austrian Alps contain the world’s oldest salt mine. 2,500 years ago, it was home to one of Europe’s most significant settlements and has even lent its name to an Iron Age culture: Hallstatt. Salt, the White gold of the Alps, put the tiny community at the heart of an international trade network: finds of ivory and amber are evidence of trade with Africa, Asia and the entire European continent. How did prehistoric miners manage to dig several kilometres of tunnels into the mountains? How did they live? How did they trade, and with whom? For the first time, this primetime documentary investigates the lives and work of the people of Hallstatt and explores especially the central role of women in the prehistoric salt mines.

Charles V. – The Impossible Empire

52 min. 


500 years ago, Spain’s 19-year-old King Carlos I became the German King of the Romans and was shortly thereafter crowned Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. His vast power was bought with money borrowed from the Fugger family, the loans secured with gold and silver from the Spanish colonies in America. The new emperor had a grand plan: to unify Europe as a great Christian empire, an “El Dorado” built on a unified faith. In faraway Mexico, Conquistador Hernán Cortés soon declared him “Emperor of the World”. But the extermination of the Aztecs and Incas in his name plunged pious Charles into a deep crisis of conscience. His European mission was soon challenged by the Reformation, led by Martin Luther. The film shows Charles V both as a holy warrior and a humanist, with lavishly reenacted scenes and newly rediscovered archival material.

Victims of the Vikings

52/43 min. 


Why did the Vikings hunt humans? Who were their victims? What role did slaves play within their society? What fates awaited their captives? How was the slave trade organized, and how did it develop over time? And what impact did this human trafficking of the Vikings have on the Europe of the Middle Ages? Now, for the first time, a docu-drama seeks out the answers to these questions and illuminates the history of the Vikings and their slaves.


90 min.


When a little girl dies after taking so-called ''gentle medicine'', it makes waves and a bitter, highly emotional quarrel breaks out. Did she really have to die, or could she have been saved with other treatment? Was her father, a well-known proponent of alternative medicine and co-founder of the ''Medicina Lenia'' company, guilty in the treatment of his daughter? A lawsuit acquits him of the allegation, but he is murdered shortly afterwards. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigations lead them to the shaken family members, committed prophets of salvation and unscrupulous machinations. The Viennese investigative duo find themselves in the middle of a religious war that is not about religion in the original sense, but rather about something that is of existential importance for everyone: Health. A fanatical war is waged between representatives of so-called conventional medicine and supporters of alternative healing methods. In the end, the most profitable of all industries blurs the moral boundaries ...

The Girl From The Mountain Lake

90 min.


The body of a prostitute is found in a picturesque mountain lake. It wasn't suicide, despite the stone-laden backpack she's carrying. Somebody wanted to make it look like this. Captain Lisa Kuen takes over the investigation. Actually, she should be on vacation. But she would never miss a case like this, even if enthusiasm about it is low at the office. At first glance, it's a straightforward case. But then, the evidence suddenly points in a completely unexpected direction – to a dark secret in Lisa's own family.

Good Luck and Good Hunting

90 min.


A small community in the countryside. Many residents have migrated. Because everyone knows each other, most things are simply agreed with each other, unless something unusual happens. Those who remain – mostly single men and almost all hunters – meet in the evenings in the only bar that has not yet closed, the bar of the local swimming pool. But then, an accident happens. Village policeman Georg Treichel and village policewoman Martina Schober refuse to believe it possible: The rung of a raised hide has been manipulated, and all the signs point clearly to murder. Schober suspects the unfriendly, self-righteous Mr. Flattacher.

Last Will

8 x 45 min.


When people die, they often leave behind no heirs, no relatives and no will. But before their assets can be claimed by the state, it has to make sure that there really are no rightful claimants. That’s where Paul Schwarz and the Inheritance Office come in. Paul delves deep into the life stories of people who have died, rummaging through their past, their dreams, their loves, their hopes, their promises and their transgressions. Exciting and often highly lucrative work that keeps Paul and his co worker Julia Marquart continually orbiting around the trinity of money, love and death. 

Rookie Robot Explores the World

26 x 3 min.


Robots also have to learn! And our little robot named Rookie likes nothing more than that. Curious, open and friendly he explores his world and meets new friends, discovers new things and experiences little adventures in each episode. Whether mouse, moon, magic or music: The simple and charming stories entertain with wit and joie de vivre – and a cheeky twist. Rookie's encounters focus on friendliness, openness and empathy, but also perseverance, respect and patience – and with each episode Rookie gets to know his world a little better.

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