L’ATELIER DU FESTIVAL

LANDSCAPES OF FEAR

Directed by : Lukas RINNER

  • Year of production : 2022
  • Country :
  • Length : 90 minutes

Synopsis

Paul´s 18th birthday ends abruptly when a vase shatters on his forehead and renders him unconscious on his family’s designer carpet. A goodhearted dreamer, he is obliged by his grandmother to continue the family’s tradition and is forced into an exclusive fraternity, based in a lush baroque country villa. His clothes are burned the first day and together with other “foxes” (new members) he is initiated into a cult-like society with its own rules, laws and rituals. As the boys struggle with the rigorous routine, what starts out as a seemingly harmless boot camp for privileged kids, slowly descends into an increasingly violent competition set by the house rules: Those of German dueling societies dating back to the 19th century. Paul's attempts to escape fail and his resistance becomes fiercer. As the nightly extravaganzas get more and more extreme, the new boys soon find themselves pushed to their moral limits in order to survive.

Statement

Chasing images that have haunted me since my adolescence, I find myself submerged into what might be one of the best kept secrets of Austrian society: It’s dueling societies. Founded in the 19th century and existing until the present I feel a strong urgency to bring this unique world to the public: A fraternity where a new morality is being devised, whose rituals of duels and blood seem to be intricately connected to capitalism’s inherent thrive towards death and destruction. I intend to develop a raw, parabolic, highly visual story, inserting the audience into this bizarre landscape of rituals and reflect on the human nature and its ongoing struggle between our primal instincts and our relationship with the world, and our scarred souls in search of freedom.


Credits

Lukas RINNER - Director


Specifications

Language film : German
Working budget: 2,44M €
Financing acquired:

Contacts

Production

NGF - NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
Hildebrandgasse 26 1180 WIEN AUSTRIA - 43 699910544914 - http://www.geyrhalterfilm.com

Michael KITZBERGER - kitzberger@geyrhalterfilm.com

L'Atelier 2021