INSIDE LIEUTENANT GUSTL

By Sebastian BRAUNEIS

POESIE MEDIA NETWORK - as SALES All rights / PROD / FIN

VR - AR - Pre-Production 2018

Immerse yourself into the angst, existential conflict, obsessions and neuroses of Gustl, the protagonist of Arthur Schnitzler’s novella None but the Brave (a.k.a. Lieutenant Gustl) – a 20th Century Classic of Austrian literature – in a virtual reality experience.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • VR - AR, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • AUSTRIA
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 7 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastian BRAUNEIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Sascha MANN (POESIE MEDIA NETWORK), Sebastian BRAUNEIS
    • Synopsis
    • Vienna, 1900. Time of the Austro-Hungarian regime. Everyday life is constituted by honour, pride, duels, suppressed individuality and outworn hierarchies. With World War I already on the doorstep and antisemitism becoming socially acceptable, the spirit of the German Empire is rapidly crumbling. In this troubled times, Lieutenant Gustl, a young and disoriented k. & k. officer, is deeply offended in his honor: He was called a stupid boy by a baker. Since his opponent isn’t a member of the military, and therefore the conflict cannot be resolved by a duel, there is only one way to restore his honour: suicide.

      Witness Lieutenant Gustl’s stream of consciousness as he is drifting through a sleepless night in search for a viable escape. But as the day breaks, there comes the hour of truth.

      The young man’s existential conflict – originally composed as an internal monologue –, provides an ideal template to be told by means of virtual reality. Theater, film director and author Sebastian Brauneis embarks on a journey into the digital space with a top-class ensemble of Austrian film and theater actors. In order to tell his protagonist’s story, he pairs the power of stagecraft with cinematic and digital storytelling, while the original monologue is divided between Gustl and a shadowy character who eventually turns out as his alter ego.
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