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Ulla Neuwirther is Awarded the Carl-Mayer-Prize for the Best Screenplay 2007
For the second time, the graduate of the TV & Film Production program has been awarded the acclaimed Carl-Mayer-Prize for Best Screenplay.
02.04.2007
Ulla Neuwirther, M.A., graduate of the TV & Film Production program, received the ORF award in the course of the competition for the Carl-Mayer-Prize for Best Screenplay 2007, for her treatment entitled “Running Sushi“.
Photo: Diagonale/Roland Renner

Ulla Neuwirther, M.A., graduate of the TV & Film Production program, received the ORF award in the course of the competition for the Carl-Mayer-Prize for Best Screenplay award 2007 for her treatment entitled “Running Sushi“. The highly versatile award-winner already received the Carl-Mayer Prize for Best Screenplay in 2003 for her story “Lisa, Lena and Laura’“.
The culinary metropolitan grotesque of Neuwirther takes us into a sushi restaurant in an Austrian city. The curtains are drawn, the doors are locked. Everybody is focused on Mirjam, who is wearing a Kimono, holding a knife in her hand, and standing inside the little kitchen isle, surrounded by the running sushi belt. The actual cook, Tom, is sitting in front of her, gagged and bound. The other people there – a variety of guests trapped and forced to eat sushi – have plenty of time to ponder why they ended up in a situation like this, howcome they deserved it, and when things had gone wrong.
Seeing how the entire action is being narrated by a very wise and funny blowfish, this illegitimate child of Peter Greenaway and Monty Python appears as a refreshingly original contribution; and a well-deserved winner of this year’s competition for the Carl-Meyer-Prize for Best Screenplay, as all of the members of the jury listed the piece in first place, on their own accord.