Robert Narholz - a portrait

Robert Narholz was born August 26th, 1971.

He grew up in Altmünster, a rural village below the Alps at the edge of deep Lake Traunsee, overlooking the wild-flower covered foothills of Upper Austria.

By the time he completed High School he was eager to move to a more populated region, so, graduation behind him, Robert left for Munich to study Philosophy and Theater.

In 1990’s Cologne, Germany, he launched a career in music founding and fronting the bands TSCHIK, ROBERT E. PROJECT, and PARK CAFE. He came to look back on it as a darker, brooding, and yet priceless period of his life. (Samplings can be heard on the Music page of this site).

He composed and produced several hundred tracks for SONOTON Recorded Music Library, which are distributed to Music Supervisors for use in television, film, and on the web, worldwide.

In 1995 Robert packed his bags and headed to Los Angeles where he continued to play music but his life took an unexpected turn toward filmmaking. He enrolled in USC’s respected film program and in 2000 Robert graduated summa cum laude. Ever since then he’s focused on making films.

In 2001 he founded a production shingle to develop and release his own projects, LENA FILM. The companies’ namesake is Robert’s grandfather, Leopold Narholz who passed the mantle of family filmmaking on to Robert at the age of nine. Each of those early family films opened with “LENA FILM Presents” and Robert carries the tradition to this day. “It was my grandfather’s love for film that inspired me early in life, and this infatuation has been growing ever since.”

Following a few music videos and short films, Robert wrote and directed his first feature film, DER AUFBRUCH (THE LEAVING). It was hailed, “One of the most interesting Austrian movie productions of (the) year,” by the Austrian daily newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (the OOEN) in 2003. After a successful film festival circuit run it was released on DVD.

DIE SPUR IM SCHNEE (TAKE ME HOME), his second full-length movie, premiered at the Avignon Film Festival. Variety Magazine called it, “…a stylish ghost thriller,”  and Austria’s largest daily paper, Kronen Zeitung, called it,  “An enthralling psycho-drama.”  It received Best Foreign Language Movie at the Garden State Film Festival (in New Jersey). It is currently available on DVD following its successful theatrical run in Austria.

“Completing a film is monumental in and of itself. But finding the truth and magic of human experience in the story, and elevating it into moving images is where my heart really lies,” says Robert. “There is magic all around us. Yet we have difficulty seeing it in our daily lives. A movie can have the power of cutting through that. It can provide us with a rare, mysterious, and beautiful – but most of all meaningful – experience, which can inspire us to find this magic again in our own existence. It’s that excited yet inspired look on the audience’s face when the lights come up that rattles my heart and tells me: You are the luckiest man alive.”

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