Jack Unterweger by Elisabeth Scharang

One winter’s night a girl freezes to death after suffering brutal injuries. Jack is convicted of her murder. When released from prison 15 years later, he becomes an acclaimed writer and well-known ladies’ man, and Vienna’s society celebrates his example of successful social rehabilitation. But questions arise when more and more prostitutes are being found dead. Can a man change that fundamentally?

From murderer of a woman to ladykiller, from jailbird poet to society darling – Jack Unterweger was the talk of the town in early 1990’s Vienna. His suicide following the conviction for multiple murder left many questions unanswered, and 20 years later, his story has not lost any of its mystery. Focusing on the enigmatic title character, Elisabeth Scharang (In Another Lifetime) presents a breath-taking and haunting psychograph.

Title Jack Unterweger
Type Complete Lineup
Genre Psychological Thriller
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Running Time 95 min

Johannes Krisch
Corinna Harfouch
Birgit Minichmayr
Sarah Viktoria Frick
Paulus Manker

Directed by Elisabeth Scharang
Produced by

epo-film produktionsges.m.b.h. Vienna

Nationality Austria
Original title Jack
Release year 2015


Picture Tree readies German distribution push

German sales company Picture Tree International (PTI) is to expand into local theatrical distribution with two titles from its sales line-up: Swiss director Simon Jaquemet’s drama War (Chrieg) and Elisabeth Scharang’s Locarno debut Jack. Picture Tree has set an April 28 release for War (Chrieg), which debuted at San Sebastian 2014 and screened at Berlin 2015, while Jack is set for release later in the year. Speaking to ScreenDaily from Sundance at the weekend, PTI managing director Andreas Rothbauer discussed the push into local distribution.
“We initially want to gather some experience with a few of our sales titles provided they weren’t already licensed to a German distributor,” Rothbauer explained. “World sales is our core business and, depending on this, we will decide which film might make sense for in-house distribution.”