The Fatherless / Vaterlosen
Marie Kreutzer, Austrija, 2011.
Directed by: Marie Kreutzer
Script: Marie Kreutzer
Producer: Marie Kreutzer
Production company: Novotny & Novotny
Cinematography: Leena Koppe
Editing: Ulrike Kofler
Music: David Hebenstreit
Cast: Johannes Krisch, Andreas Kiendl, Andrea Wenzl, Philipp Hochmair, Emily Cox Marion Mitterhammer
Format: 35 mm
Running time: 105'
Two men and two women gather around their father’s deathbed. The four siblings meet at the home where they grew up and where several decades previously an attempt was made, drawing on the idealistic atmosphere of the 1960s, to live in an alternative community. But the community broke up and the individual members went their separate ways. The older daughter Kyra is seeing her siblings for the first time in 23 years, and everyone expects her presence to provoke unpleasant memories; no one wants to dredge up the past. Why, soon after her sister was born, did Kyra and her mother have to leave the community? Why did Kyra’s father Hans never respond to her letters? Family secrets, the past, and the present combine to create a tragic destiny of unfulfilled desire for an independent life. Although debut director Marie Kreutzer employs clichés typical of a family drama, she successfully moves beyond them through her depiction of vivid and entirely authentic characters.
Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 2011 - Best Debut Film Honorable Mention
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011
London Film Festival 2011
Marie Kreutzer, born in 1977, Graz, Austria, graduated from an alternative high school with a focus on the arts. She then studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at the Vienna Film Academy. For the feature 'Fräulein' (dir. Andrea Staka, 2006) she and her co-writers were awarded a Swiss Film Prize for Best Screenplay, while the film itself took the Golden Leopard for Best Film at Locarno. Since 2000 she has shot seven shorts. 'The Fatherless' is her feature film directorial debut
Location and screening schedule:
TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Saturday, October 22nd at 19.00
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sunday, October 23rd at 21.00