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.
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.