Nature Theatre of Oklahoma  Die Kinder Der Toten

Elfriede Jelinek's monumental novel "Die Kinder der Toten", her most important according to her own assessment, served as the template for a free movie adaptation, produced in the original locations near the places where the Nobel Prize Laureate grew up. A Super 8 holiday film from Upper Styria slowly turns into the resurrection of "undead" spooks. The question of the (im)possibility of adequate processing of accrued debt shoots through all those aspects – nature, culture, society and history – that are still part of national identity today.

Karin and her dominant mother stand out from the huge crowd of descending travelers. After an extravagant dinner consisting of singing and traditional Styrian dishes, the tourists are run over by a bus. Karin dies in the road accident but soon returns to the world of the living as a zombie.


Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance enterprise under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves, the audience, and their collaborators – working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role – whether as spectators or – just as often – as participants in the work. Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work – Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.


Directors: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška (Nature Theater of Oklahoma)

Writers: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška (Nature Theater of Oklahoma); based on a novel of the same name by Elfriede Jelinek

Cinematographers: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška (Nature Theater of Oklahoma)

Key cast: Andrea Maier, Greta Kostka, Klaus Unterrieder, Georg Beyer

Producer: Ulrich Seidl (Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion GmbH)

First screening: 8.02.2019 in Berlin

Screenings at Baltoscandal are supported by Austrian Embassy in Tallinn

Film is in German, subtitles in Estonian and English

Duration: 90 min