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Science-fiction Inspired TV-spot Nominated in Austria

A national award (in this case the Staatspreis für Werbung) for the best TV-spot and science-fiction, what do they have in common? – Usually, nothing at all. But this time one of the nominees is an advertisment featuring Klingons!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DgR_I8Yggk

What is it all about? Two men dressed up as Klingons go by underground railway (yes, it is the underground railway, although it goes above-ground in this scene) in Vienna, when they find out that a ticket controller is around. As they haven´t bought a ticket, they decide to confuse the ticket controller (by the way a pretty blonde woman) with Klingon language. But she also replies to them in Klingon and seems to know enough about Klingon culture, to call them “dishonourable worms”. What follows is an advertisement for the “Volkshochschule Wien”, a school where adults can take several courses, e.g. on languages. (Probably also Klingon …?)

Does this spot have chances to win? – In fact: Yes! There is of course no doubt that keen Star Trek fans love it, but also for more average people it is just funny and also very charming, as everyone who once lived in Vienna knows the surrounding and usually had been checked like this several times. The “Klingons” are played by the famous comedians Werner Gruber und Heinz Oberhummer who do a show that is called Science Busters on TV. They are trying to teach science to a mainstream auditorium, by presenting it in an entertaining way. And, by the way, both are working as physicists at the university!

Public voting goes until November the 3rd 2015: http://www.puls4.com/casting/Staatspreis-2015-Voting/teilnahme

Nina Horvath

Nina Horvath has studied at the University of Vienna. Her mother tongue is German. She is a keen author of short stories and published over two dozens in zines and anthologies. Her favourite genre is science-fiction. She had also been editor of the short story collections "Die Schattenuhr", "Metamorphosen - Auf den Spuren H.P. Lovecrafts" and "Darwins Schildkröte". In 2012 she won the awards "Vincent Preis" for the best horror anthology and the "Deutscher Phantastik Preis" for the best fantastic short story. (This one was also 3rd at the "DSFP" for the best science-fiction story.)

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