Drama - Completed 2011

& Awards

Directors' Fortnight 2011
Directors' Fortnight Label Europa Cinemas
Sarajevo FF 2011
Competition Feature Best Film
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Karl MARKOVICS
    • Writer(s)
    • Karl MARKOVICS
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/213C-84DC-735D-3F87-ABEA-A
    • Synopsis
    • Roman Kogler, 18, is serving time in a juvenile detention centre, having been convicted of
      manslaughter. As he has already served half of his sentence, he could be released on
      probation, but his chances are poor: he is constrained , a loner, without family, and seems
      incapable of rehabilitation.
      After a failed attempt to place him in a workshop outside of the detention centre, Roman
      finds himself a job at the municipial funerary institution in Vienna.
      His new colleagues treat him in part with distrust and in part with undisguised rejection.
      And one day Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though
      it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman starts asking questions about his
      heritage for the first time.
      A series of situations in which he has to prove himself and ensueing disappointments
      And against all expectation precisely these disappointments make Roman stronger and
      more mature, and in the end lead him to the growing insight: that missed opportunities
      cannot be made up and that past deeds cannot be corrected, however much we may wish
      to. All that remains is the life we lead now and the way we do it.