Autumn Gold

“Autumn Gold” tells the life-affirming story of five athletes as they prepare for the Track and Field World Championships. Their toughest challenge is their age: These potential world champions are between 80 and 100 years old.

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  • 11/2013 - "Autumn Gold" on TV - tonight!

    Jan Tenhaven’s award-winning documentary “Autumn Gold” will be screened on WDR tonight at 11:15 pm. The film tells the story of [...]

    Jan Tenhaven's award-winning documentary "Autumn Gold" will be screened on WDR tonight at 11:15 pm. The film tells the story of five athletes as they prepare for the Track and Field World Championships. Their toughest challenge is their age: These potential world champions are between 80 and 100 years old.


  • 10/2013 - Autumn Gold wins viewers choice award

    We are delighted to announce that our award-winning documentary “Autumn Gold” has won the Viewer Choice Award at the Human [...]

    We are delighted to announce that our award-winning documentary "Autumn Gold" has won the Viewer Choice Award at the Human Rights Filmfestival in Vilnius, Lithuania. Overall 42 documentaries were shown at the festival and it was attended by over 9000 visitors. The viewers choice award was the only attributed award.  

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  • 05/2014 - "Autumn Gold" in Belgium

    Our heartwarming documentary “Autumn Gold” will be screened 10th May, 3 p.m. at Cinema Zed in Leuven. Belgium. In the [...]

    Our heartwarming documentary "Autumn Gold" will be screened 10th May, 3 p.m. at Cinema Zed in Leuven. Belgium. In the context of international film festival DOCVILLE the doc will also be screened in cinemas. “Autumn Gold” tells the life-affirming story of five athletes as they prepare for the Track and Field World Championships. Their toughest challenge is their age: These potential world champions are between 80 and 100 years old.

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Autumn Gold

“Autumn Gold” tells the life-affirming story of five athletes as they prepare for the Track and Field World Championships. Their toughest challenge is their age: These potential world champions are between 80 and 100 years old. With ambition and a good portion of humour, they accept the task. At the finishing line of their lives, they seek one more ultimate challenge and give their best on the way to a gold medal in Finland. True to the motto: “We can still rest after death.”
Alfred, the 100-year-old discus thrower from Vienna and passionate painter of nudes, had an artificial knee implanted just six months prior to the finals in Finland. He wants to keep going “somehow” and feels too young to sit in a rocking chair. Will he be up for it when the competition starts? Jiří, the 82-year-old high jumper from Czech Republic, trains his stamina in the staircase of his apartment building. The former horse breeder dreams of making the one-meter mark for one last time in his life. His wife massages his crooked back and asks him to take it easy: “Be careful, you don’t have to be a hero anymore!” Ilse, the 82-year-old shot putter from the German town of Kiel, has excelled to new heights since her husband died and she moved to a new city; Herbert (93), from Stockholm, races against his loneliness and misses the missing sexual component in his life as a widower; Gabre, from Italy, announces with feigned outrage that she won’t let anyone know her age – just before a fellow sportswoman reveals it to the camera.
It is a competition against age and other hurdles of life. They want to stand on the podium for one last time. Who will make it to Finland? Who will retire in dignity? Who will fight to the bitter end? A story of winning and losing, of setbacks and triumphs. “Autumn Gold” is an homage to life how it can be: Not smooth and wrinkle-free, but full of humour and determination.

Book / Director: Jan Tenhaven
Assistant director: Susanne Radelhof
Research assistant: Julia Schneeweiß
Cinematography: Marcus Winterbauer, Martin Langner
Steadicam: Marcus Winterbauer
Camera assistant: Thomas Schneider
Editor: Jürgen Winkelblech
Editor assistant: Karen Kramatschek
Sound recordist: Patrick Veigel, Oliver Grafe, Oliver Prasnikar
Composer: Andy Baum
Sound designer: Daniel Iribarren
Producer: Christian Beetz
Co-producer: Johannes Rosenberger
Line producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production supervisor: Daniela Schöne
Technical supervisors: Reinhardt Beetz, Philipp Weigold
Production assistant: Maria Wischnewski, Nick Pastucha, Julie Schrader
Unit manager Vienna: Carmen Weingartshofer
Production assistant Vienna: Sabine Kraberger
Production office Vienna: Karin Pauletta
Production supervisor Vienna: Elisabeth Eisenwort
Film labooratory: Synchro Film, Vienna
Sound post-production: Die Basisberlin
Title design: Martin Eichhorn
Commissioning editors: Sabine Rollberg (WDR/ARTE), Jutta Krug (WDR), Barbara Denz (NDR)

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    01 June 2015 at 11:15 pm

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  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (pdf download)

    "I believe that there is a need for idols, for old heroes, cult figures, wise humans. Our world is so complex nowadays, everything is in the move, so watching a stubborn Proksch, or a dignified Gabre gives us courage, because we wanna age like this as well." (Jan Tenhaven)

  • ZDF Aspekte

    "Adorable!" / Having ambitions with 100 years, even achieving them, going for gold! "Autumn Gold" is the name of this funny and encouraging film, which finally shows aging not as burden and threat."

  • Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs Documentary Festival

    With heart and a sense of humour, Autumn Gold" provides an inspiring insight view into life's longest competition."

  • MDR Kino Royal

    Autumn Gold is a wonderful and optimistic film full of vitality and humour. Despite portraying seniors, the film does not look back, but above all looks ahead.

  • WDR west.art Magazin

    A marvelous film./ "Amazing pictures that show more than sporting achievements."

  • National Post Kanada

    "If this film doesn't make you jump off the couch and put on your running shoes, nothing will."

  • Toronto Screen Shots

    "That is the definition of popular success!"