Aus­tri­an direc­tor Nico­la Von Lef­fern talks film, tra­vel and self-care in our exclu­si­ve video

neubau eyewear got the low down on Nicola’s favorite spots in Vienna and the creatives that inspire her.

Across a lar­ge and diver­se body of work, Nico­la von Lef­fern; filmma­ker, direc­tor, pho­to­gra­pher and tra­vel­ler, asks, are we drea­ming?”. Expe­ri­men­ting with light and tex­tu­re, von Lef­ferns films cap­tu­re the eerie melan­cho­ly that engulf our minds at night, wea­ving in reflec­tions on femi­nism, sexua­li­ty and per­so­nal free­dom, her work offers an often unse­en insight into the fema­le psyche. 

Though she may spend much of her time working in the more cos­mo­po­li­tan cor­ners of the glo­be, making music vide­os and direc­ting her own short films, she still mana­ges to find time to put her wan­der­lust to reality. 

When not fle­shing out her next pro­ject, von Lef­fern is on the road, with the wind in her hair and a much more care­free atti­tu­de at bay. Riding side by side with part­ner and fel­low direc­tor, Jakon Carl Sau­er, the pair have taken on the end­less twists and turns of Euro­pe’s sou­thern roads, all on board their beloved VW, @bitchythebus.

In an attempt to con­nect her per­so­nal endea­vors with her cine­ma­tic inten­ti­ons, Nico­la has used her tra­vels to open up a dia­lo­gue about self care in the crea­ti­ve indus­tries. Using her online plat­forms, von Lef­fern offers up advice to fel­low crea­ti­ves loo­king to take a step back from the hust­le & bust­le that comes with free­lan­ce work in the crea­ti­ve indus­tries. As the pair have exp­lai­ned on their @bitchythebus account, tra­vel is a chan­ce to brea­the, love and break ever­ything down to a road, the sea, [or] a good book’. 

Empowe­red by her mes­sa­ge, neu­bau eye­we­ar sought the chan­ce to speak to this daydrea­mer and crea­ti­ve power­house. Des­pi­te cur­r­ent­ly being road-bound in Croa­tia, Nico­la found the time to pro­vi­de us with an insight into her per­so­nal world, pre­sen­ted in our exclu­si­ve video col­la­bo­ra­ti­on, ope­ning up about tho­se who inspi­re her in and around our favou­rite district in Vien­na, our names­a­ke, Neu­bau district.

In terms of design, Nico­la recom­mends uni­sex label and desi­gner Roma­na Zöch­ling, aka @ferrarizoechling, on Kir­chen­gas­se, who des­pi­te the name Fer­ra­ri has not­hing to do with the car manu­fac­tu­rer, but ever­ything with bold, bra­ve and uni­sex clot­hing. I love her style per­so­nal­ly and try to incor­po­ra­te her pie­ces into my ward­ro­be, but also I love working with her. Whenever I need gre­at out­fits for my film shoots, I run to her and we work some­thing out. We star­ted col­la­bo­ra­ting rough­ly five years ago and I am curious as to what her and my future brings.”

For a modern take on Vienna’s cof­fee house tra­di­ti­on, Nico­la recom­mends, Wolf­gang Cof­fee on Zieglergasse:

Wolf­gan­g’s calm and modern loo­king cof­fee cor­ner is a bit hid­den in the sty­lish con­cept store QWS­TI­ON on West­bahn­stra­ße. But both are abso­lute­ly worth the visit. I fell in love with Wolf­gan­g’s cof­fee when I used to have my office next door. I never bought a cof­fee machi­ne, becau­se I knew it would never tas­te as good. So this beca­me my dai­ly stop for an oat milk cap­puc­ci­no and a vegan tre­at from his baked goods.”

Loo­king for a soot­hing drink to ease out of the day? R&BAR on Lin­den­gas­se is the place:

Most peop­le know this place for the bar on the ground floor of the buil­ding, the R&BAR. And I under­stand why, the food and drinks are fan­tastic. But I actual­ly care more for the 3 floo­rs abo­ve. Sin­ce I am a filmma­ker it’s always cru­cial to find pro­duc­tion houses with whom I can col­la­bo­ra­te well. Das Rund and all the sub­si­dia­ries have a very modern approach. They care about green pro­du­cing, about gen­der equa­li­ty, they have fema­le bos­ses and an eye for art. They do a lot of things well and the­re­fo­re I enjoy spen­ding some working hours on the top floo­rs and some leisu­re hours on the ground floor of Lin­den­gas­se 1.”

Ano­t­her one of her stom­ping grounds (the natu­ral habi­tat of a filmma­ker) is the Film Casi­no on Spittelberggasse: 

As a filmma­ker it may not come as a sur­pri­se that I abso­lute­ly love movies. I try to go to the cine­ma at least once a week. Espe­cial­ly becau­se good art house films often don’t have long run­ning times in Aus­tria. One of the cine­mas I love best in Vien­na is the Film­ca­si­no and I am very hap­py that they now have a second branch as Film­haus Kino am Spittelberg.”

For more Vien­na insi­der recom­men­da­ti­ons check out our Neu­bau District Gui­de by Anna Lau­ra Kummer: 

09 Juni 2019 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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