Alma and Oskar by Dieter Berner

ALMA AND OSKAR (working title) is a movie about the passionate and existential relationship between the Viennese society Grand Dame Alma Mahler and the artist enfant terrible Oskar Kokoschka which began in 1912.

Oskar Kokoschka (1886 – 1980) was an Austrian expressionist painter and writer. Influenced by the elegant work of Gustav Klimt, he soon developed his own distinctive expressionist style. Kokoschka is now ranked amongst the greatest modern artists of the Austrian school, and considered as one of the finest expressionists artists of the 20th century.

Currently in development, the project is set to be directed by Dieter Berner who also wrote the screenplay together with Hilde Berger. Dieter Berner’s previous feature film EGON SCHIELE – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN about another main artist of the Expressionist movement, was also sold internationally by PTI  to more than 30 territories with some upcoming releases still pending (2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death in 1918).

Conceived as an Austrian-Luxembourgish-German co-production, ALMA AND OSKAR will be produced by Alexander Glehr (Novotny & Novotny – Austria), Bady Minck, Alexander Dummreicher-Ivanescu (Amour Fou Luxembourg) and Stefan Schubert (Wüste Film West – Germany).

Title Alma and Oskar
Type Upcoming titles
Genre Biopic
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Running Time tba
Directed by Dieter Berner
Produced by

Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion GmbH
Amour FOU Luxembourg Sàrl
Wüste Film GmbH

Nationality Austria
Original title Alma und Oskar
Release year 2019


Picture Tree Boards Dieter Berner’s Oskar Kokoschka Biopic

Berlin-based Picture Tree Intl. has picked up international sales rights to Dieter Berner’s “Alma & Oskar,” about the passionate relationship between Viennese society grand dame Alma Mahler, the widow of composer Gustav Mahler, and expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka. PTI will launch the project at Berlin’s European Film Market.