The Inheritors (1998 film)

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This article is about the 1998 Austrian-German film. For the Argentinian 1970 film, see The Inheritors (1970 film). For other films with this title, see The Inheritors (film).
The Inheritors
(Die Siebtelbauern)
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Produced by Danny Krausz
Kurt Stocker
Written by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring Simon Schwarz
Sophie Rois
Music by Erik Satie
Cinematography Peter von Haller
Edited by Britta Nahler
Dor Film
Distributed by Stratosphere Entertainment (US)
Metrodome Distribution (UK)
Release dates
  • 19 June 1998 (1998-06-19) (Austria)
  • 9 October 1998 (1998-10-09) (USA)
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28) (UK)
Running time 95 mins.
Country Austria
Language German

The Inheritors (original German title Die Siebtelbauern – "The Seventh-part Farmer") is a 1998 Austrian-German film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It stars Simon Schwarz and Sophie Rois and has won numerous awards.[1]


In a rural village in a remote valley in Austria at the beginning of the 20th century a land-owning farmer is found dead. The farmer was childless and without further family and in his testament, to the surprise of all, left his worldly goods including his farm in equal shares to his 7 farmhands. Suddenly 7 have-nots have become land-owners. The existing power structure is deeply disturbed and not just within the realm of the 7 inheritors, it is commonly perceived as threatening the existing world order. Efforts are put into place to undo this wrong. The events triggered by the troubles originating from within the group of inheritors and induced from the outside make up the story line of this movie. A sub plot is the mystery of the farmer's motivation for his unusual last will. He was considered to be a hard man with a mean streak and some of his peers don't rule out he did it for spite of them, his fellow land owners, meant as a slap in their face after his death. However, one of the farm hands detects that it might be more complicated. The film contains a fair amount of graphic violence.



  1. ^ IMDb: Awards for Siebtelbauern Retrieved 2012-12-01

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