In late 2013, filmmaker Michael Glawogger set off to Africa, the Balkans and Italy to create an image of the world— one that "can only emerge by not pursuing any particular theme, by refraining from passing judgment, proceeding without aim. Drifting with no direction except one's own curiosity and intuition." Rather than sticking to identifiable themes, Glawogger sought to absorb his surroundings, to create something organic and free. Four months and nineteen days into his journey, he perished in Liberia from an acute case of malaria.
Two years later, Glawogger's longtime collaborator and renowned film editor Monika Willi (The White Ribbon, Amour) approached his footage, and his personal diary, in search of this vision. Glawogger's final posthumous work premiered at Berlin, Hong Kong, and Madrid; Graz, where it won Best Cinematography; DocsMX, where it won a Special Mention; and Belgrade, Fünf Seen and Vienna, where it won Best Documentary. Untitled also won the Austrian Film Award for Best Documentary, Best Score, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.