The Inheritors (1998 film)

The Inheritors (original German title Die Siebtelbauern – "The Seventh-Part Farmers") is a 1998 Austrian-German film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It stars Simon Schwarz and Sophie Rois and has won numerous awards.[1] The film was selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

The Inheritors
(Die Siebtelbauern)
Directed byStefan Ruzowitzky
Written byStefan Ruzowitzky
Produced by
  • Danny Krausz
  • Kurt Stocker
CinematographyPeter von Haller
Edited byBritta Nahler
Music byErik Satie
Dor Film
Distributed by
  • Stratosphere Entertainment (US)
  • Metrodome Distribution (UK)
Release date
  • 19 June 1998 (1998-06-19) (Austria)
Running time
95 minutes
  • Austria
  • Germany


In a remote valley in Austria in the early 20th century a curmudgeonly farmer dies. While he was a hard and even abusive taskmaster to his farmhands, he was also hostile to his neighbours. Without family, he left his farm, livestock and belongings to his farmhands, rather than to the church as expected. While three leave, demanding their share, the others stay to run it as a shared venture. Wealthy local farmers, feeling threatened by this subversive example, try to subvert the farm. The film contains graphic violence.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ IMDb: Awards for Siebtelbauern Retrieved 2012-12-01
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "45 Countries Submit Films for Oscar Consideration". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 19 November 1998. Archived from the original on 19 February 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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