How’s a good and successful life supposed to look like? Is a “different” life possible at all? This film searches for the answers on these questions. The result is a film about perspectives without fear, about connectedness in music, nature and society, about people with different ideas but one big common goal: a sustainable world. Filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer looks for the beautiful and the good and shows people who break new ground. Women without school education who build solar systems for villages all over the world. Permaculture visionaries who transform wasteland into new greenery. A forester who develops the healthiest houses in the world. A spiritual leader with mischief and essential messages and his Tibetan sister with a big heart for youth. A young jazz trio, an established pianist… But Beautiful connects them all. Can everything be fine at the end? Yes, everything can be good.

Director’s biography

Erwin Wagenhofer, born in 1961 in Amstetten, is an Austrian author and film director. In 1981 he presented his first short film Endstation normal. Two years later his short film Das Loch was shown at the Kraków Film Festival. Since 1987 he has been a freelance author and film director. In 2005 Wagenhofer directed the long documentary We Feed the World, produced by Allegro Film. It is about industrialization of food production and shows international agricultural politics from a critical viewpoint, especially with regards to the role of the EU. In October 2008 his next documentary Let’s Make Money was released in Germany and Austria and won the German Documentary Film Prize in 2009.

Festivals and awards

The Prague International Film Festival 2020
European Film Festival Palić 2020
Underhill Fest 2020


But Beautiful (doc.)
Director: Erwin Wagenhofer
Country: Germany, Austria
Year: 2019.
Runtime: 116′
Language: German, English, Hindi, Spanish
Cast: Kenny Werner, Barbara Graf, Erich Graf
Production: Imagine Film Cooperation, Rommel Film, Prisma Film
Website: https://www.but-beautiful-film.com/
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