About The Film

Viktor E. Frankl - Photograph by Katharina RatheiserDr. Viktor Frankl, author of “Man’s Search for Meaning”: these words evoke a wide range of emotions in all those who have ever come in touch with the man or his work.

Frankl is rightly regarded as one of the greatest minds of our time and as one of the greatest men of our time. He gave the world new scientific theories, creating outstanding contributions to psychiatry, psychology and neurology, while he helped us find our soul, our meaning , our purpose, our place in the world.

Alexander Vesely, grandson of Viktor Frankl, coined the phrase “Pioneer of Meaning” for his famous grandfather. For the past three years Alex traveled the world over to interview friends and colleagues to record their perspectives on how Viktor Frankl lived his theories.

The result is this fascinating documentary, showing Frankl as he was seen by students and peers, friends and relatives, acquaintances both professional and private. We can witness a variety of encounters and anecdotes from funny to profound, from sentimental to inspiring - but always full of insight into a most human, and humane, personality.

This is a film about a man with a sharp mind and a warm heart, who loved life, family and people, loved learning, healing and teaching, and enjoyed humor - all in the face of and in spite of tremendous personal suffering.

Everyone loves a hero, and though Dr. Frankl would undoubtedly have objected to this characterization, to many he is just that.

About the Director

Alexander Vesely - Photograph by Andreas H. BitesnichAustrian filmmaker Alexander Vesely shares his most personal film yet, charting the life of his eminent grandfather, Viktor Frankl. With years of experience behind the camera as a director and editor of short films, commercials, and documentaries, Alex has taken his talents around the globe, producing films in Europe and Latin America.

The movie, "Viktor & I", places the “I” in the viewer’s hands, open to subjectivity, moving from personal friends, to family members, or an eye toward insight. Working alone for the past three years, he traveled all over the world serving as architect, director, cameraman, editor, and producer to bring us this insightful look at Viktor Frankl through the eyes of those closest to him. Recently, he wrote that “producing a documentary is a bit like a treasure hunt, you keep finding pearls on every corner, around every turn”.

Volumes have been written by and about Dr. Viktor Frankl; though, until this film, the public has yet to see him in this light, both intimate and playful. The genius of the work is that while allowing us these glimpses into the privacy and normalcy of this great man’s life, it further piques our interest in Dr. Frankl’s work and showcases his extraordinary mind.

Alexander Vesely resides in Vienna, Austria and continues to make Films that delight audiences all over the world.  

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Viktor Frankl Quotes

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

 


"We have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips."

 


"Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary."

 

 

"Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now."

 

 

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”

 

 


"We can discover meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or

encountering someone ; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering."

 

 


“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”


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